There is a broad range of reptile housing options for you to choose from. There are cages that are designed to be more open. There are terrariums that are made for small reptiles. There are also reptile tanks that can be used and adapted to almost any reptile species that you might have. To ensure the health of your reptile, it is vital that you choose the proper tank. There are a few things to consider that can help you narrow down the choices.
The first thing that you should consider is the material for the tank. Tanks are available that are made from acrylic or glass. Glass tanks are also commonly used as aquariums. They are the best choice for reptiles that will need swimming or wading water in addition to a dry area. Tanks that are made from acrylic are best for reptiles that require a consistent temperature.
The next thing that you need to consider is your reptile’s size. If your reptile isn’t an adult yet, you will need to choose a tank that is large enough to hold your reptile when it reaches full size and still give it enough space to move around the tank. If you have an adult reptile, you will need a tank that is large enough to house it comfortably. You should leave about three feet per one foot of your reptile.
Does your reptile have special habitat requirements? To make your reptile more comfortable, reproducing its natural habitat is a good idea. Tropical type reptiles will need the foliage and other conditions that would be found in the tropics. There are also species of reptiles that will need things to climb on or hide under as a way to reproduce their natural safety means. When you are considering tanks, make sure that you are choosing the ones that will allow you to recreate the natural environment of the reptile.
Temperature regulating is another factor to consider when choosing a tank for your reptile’s new home. Some species require temperatures that stay within a specific range at all times. Others only require sporadic exposure to heat and can use heat rocks or floor heaters. The type of tank that you choose must be made of the right material in order to keep temperatures within the required range.
Choosing a tank over another form of housing is the best for most reptile species. A tank allows you to recreate the environment, maintain temperatures, create hot spots, or make a dual habitat that you may not be able to accomplish as easily with a cage or other house. If you need to regulate temperatures, choose an acrylic tank because it holds in heat better than glass. If you intend on making a hot spot, choose a glass tank.
Regardless of which type of tank that you choose for your reptile, having a lid on top is important. The safety of your reptile depends on its inability to escape. For this reason, you should choose a tank that comes with a lid, or at least one that a lid can fit on. Choose screened lids to allow air circulation through the tank. If your reptile climbs or jumps high, choose a lid that will lock closed.
It can be a difficult task to make the right choice with all of the reptile tanks that are available. Always consider the needs of your reptile when you are searching for a tank to buy. The tank and accessories that you use to recreate a natural habitat will help give your reptile the best environment possible.