Reptiles Tools and Supplies

Like any pet, shelter and food are the two most basic requirements of reptiles. Unlike other pets (e.g. dogs and cats), they don't require affection from their owners. The most complicated part of owning a reptile is providing it a habitat that closely resembles its habitat in the wild. In recreating this habitat, interested pet hobbyists have to be financially prepared for the costs toward building an enclosure complete with tools for maintaining ideal heat, temperature, humidity level, and lighting. Owners may face also difficulty in securing food as most pet reptiles require live food. Having said that, tthe environmental and food needs of reptiles vary across species. Desert lizards, for instance, require desert enclosures, while tropical lizards require moist environments. Turtles require low temperature during hibernating season. Snakes love mice and rats, while lizards are happy with insects. Researching the species one is interested in before purchase is of utmost importance.

Reptile Humidity Control

Cold-blooded animals that they are, reptiles depend on environment to control their body temperature. Humidity control and maintenance is important in matching a reptile's natural environment. Inappropriate humidity levels can lead to many problems including excessive shedding of skin and respiratory problems. PVC Piping System: If the back wall of the vivarium is Coco Panels board, attach a...


Reptile Heating System

Heat/Spot Bulbs: In the wild, reptiles like Bearded Dragons love basking in the sun. Heat bulbs, the main source of heat in a vivarium, encourage this activity. Regular white bulb and light bulb are the two most commonly used types of heating bulbs. Spot bulbs emit very high temperature so a barrier or guard around the bulb should be in place to keep your pet from getting burned. Ceramic Bulb: C...


Reptile Lighting System

Fluorescent Strip Bulbs: Day active lizards require a form of ultraviolet light called UVB to synthesize a vitamin called D3. Vitamin D3 is needed by reptiles to metabolize calcium in their food. If they are unable to synthesize calcium in their reptile, reptiles will suffer from a lethal condition called Metabolic Bone Disease. Fluorescent strip bulbs prevent this from taking place by providing...


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