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Questions tagged [terrariums]

An enclosure, a vivarium, that recreates a terrestrial habitat. These are often used to house reptiles, amphibians, and other small, non-aquatic, animals.

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How can I keep my 3 month old leopard gecko warm

I have a baby leopard gecko but my heat lamp just broke and I will have no money for a new one for about a week or two how can I keep her warm until then?? Is a floor vent heater okay? I’m panicking ...
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Suitable heat source for young blood python

The goal: Design a habitat suitable for a hatchling/juvenile blood python. Main issue: Controlling temp and humidity Progress so far: What I've got so far (all theoretical at this point) is a 36"x ...
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Safe hot-rock for corn snake

Hot-rocks look like a great idea! I would love to warm the hide at night and the rock at day, so as to entice my cornsnake out more. But everywhere over the Internet they are blasted as being ...
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How Important is Natural Sunlight to Tortoises?

My fiancée and I are considering getting a Mediterranean spur thigh tortoise - neither of us have had one before, and we're unsure if it's suited to our current situation - as much as we both love the ...
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Is hot water enough to clean a reptile's water bowl?

I saw on a forum once that hot water is enough to clean a reptile water bowl and I'm a little skeptical of this. Is this enough to clean it or should I use diluted vinegar, disinfectant such as Wipe ...
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My pillbugs are having trouble moulting

I raise a box of about 30 pillbugs. About 2 months ago I found a bug that couldn't seem the moult. Its old skin was still attached to its body, and it was limping around with the skin on. It died ...
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Can I leave a water dish in a Kenyan Sand Boa's tank?

Sand Boas need warm/hot temperatures and very low humidity, generally speaking. During shedding, for snakes having trouble, especially eye caps, I've read that putting a water source (or humidity ...
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How do I prepare store-bought plants for use in a terrarium?

I've recently adopted a pair of American tree frogs, and have set up a terrarium for them. I purchased some plants for the terrarium from a local garden center, and while the species of plants are ...
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What is the rough oxygen consumption of a common garden skink?

I've found no information online - what's the average oxygen consumption of the common garden skink? It's a small 10cm lizard. Even a very rough estimate would be helpful.
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How can I diminish my dragon's reflection?

When my bearded dragon was younger, he didn't react to his reflection. Because he didn't react, I figured that he either couldn't see it, or wasn't bothered by it. But now that he's fully grown, he's ...
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How can I clean the slate tile in my terrarium without damaging it?

I keep my leopard gecko on unfinished slate tile. To clean the tile I use the below reptile-safe disinfectant (image source and more info here): and a scourer or scrubbing brush: (image sources ...
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How much height is required for an American green tree frog habitat?

I'm looking to start a terrestrial frog terrarium that, ideally, wouldn't be higher than 1 - 1.5 feet (2.5 feet wide, 1 foot deep are hard limits). American green tree frogs seem like a good ...
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How do you calculate the terrarium size needed for a lizard?

The Backstory: Complete pet newbie here, so bear with me please. A good friend of mine has a bearded dragon and asked me to look after it for a couple days while he was out of town. I'm the type of ...
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Can crushed egg shell be used as a substrate for aquariums and terrariums?

A recent answer stated that egg shell can be crushed and used as a calcium supplement in Do-it-yourself food. This got me relating it to crushed coral, which is commonly used as a substrate. I've ...
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What is the basic proper aquarium setup for a turtle?

I'm setting up an aquarium for a turtle and have a few inquiries about how to prepare it properly. I want to have not only the proper setup, but also have precautions to avoid the turtle flipping over ...
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What are the minimum requirements for keeping a snake?

I want to get a pet snake. What aspects should I consider when choosing one and preparing to keep it and care for it?
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Why are my snake's belly scales turning yellow?

I recently took my snake out of his cage to hold him for a bit but I noticed a light yellow on his belly. He has checker like scales with some black and some white (those colored scales were on him ...
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What live plants are safe to plant in a vivarium with an Emerald Swift?

I recently bought an Emerald Swift, and want to add some live plants to his vivarium. What live plants are safe for me to put in there with him? He's an obligate carnivore, so I can't imagine that he'...
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What is a good substrate for a bearded dragon terrarium?

There are so many different types of substrate, what are the reasons to choose one type of substrate over another, or is it all just personal preference?
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How often should I perform water changes in my Red-Devil Crab terrarium?

I have a terrarium of Red-Devil Crabs. The terrarium is about 70% land, 30% water. I have pea gravel underneath the Exo Terra bedding, so that it isn't touching the water. There's no airstone or ...
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How can I best protect my fire-bellied toad eggs from the mother?

I've had trouble with my female B. orientalis eating or accidentally killing the eggs she lays. I've read online that in China, fire-bellied toads are commonly found in rice farms among the rice ...
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How often should a hermit crab tank be cleaned?

I have three pet hermit crabs, and they live in a 10 gallon fish tank. How often should I clean this hermit crab tank? How often should the sand be replaced?
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What type of light do White's tree frogs need?

We have had a White's tree frog for a few months now. We currently have a ZooMed ReptiSun 5.0 mini compact fluorescent bulb on top of the terrarium that we keep on during the day, and no light at ...