Zoo Med ReptiBreeze IguanArium IguanArium
Great for climbing
I purchased this enclosure as a quick upgrade for my young water dragon (a new addition grew faster than anticipated and needed his old enclosure before I had time to build the dragon a new one). He has loved it so far. While a wire enclosure might not be the best option for every water dragon, humidity in the room he is in is kept pretty high, so that isn't an issue in this case. Additionally, the wire has proven extremely helpful for mounting plants and vines. It was easy to push the suction cups of artificial plants through the wire, and they are anchored better than they would be if the suction cup was just stuck on glass or acrylic (which is awesome, because this little guy takes flying leaps onto his plants and was always knocking them down in his old terrarium). The foot print of this cage is about equivalent to a standard 40 gallon breeder aquarium, so it was easy to find reptile carpet to fit the bottom.
There are two doors in this cage, one on the top (there's a hinge halfway through the top so half of it lifts up) and one across the entire front of the cage. For me, this is enough, since for this particular water dragon I use carpet for substrate, and he is litter trained to go in a small water dish so maintenance is easy. Since the door on the front is the full length of the cage, it's simple enough to lift out his large water feature for cleaning. The only tricky thing was hanging some of the plants midway between the front and top entrance, but not a big deal. I can see how this setup might be difficult for maintaining more complex plants and such, though. The basking platform is nice, and you have some freedom in positioning it.
Assembly was pretty straight forward, and with the help of one other person, I got it set up very quickly. My little dragon is thrilled, and has enjoyed climbing all over his vines and plants. I can see this enclosure being great for a big chameleon, and as a starting place for a small iguana (but you'll definitely want something bigger later on). As for water dragons, as long as you can maintain humidity and temperature parameters, this is a great enclosure for a younger dragon that likes to climb. My little guy sure loves it.
April 7, 2014
Good cage but needs some redesigning
I bought this cage for my panther chameleon. I love how I can anchor vines around the enclosure, unlike with a screen mesh cage. It's large size allows for a ficus tree and large pothos plant. The longer length gives my chameleon more area to roam, as opposed to a square shaped cage. One of the reasons why I chose this cage was the screening. Not only does he have the tree and vines to climb on, he can also climb anywhere on the screen. That's a much bigger area to climb than with a mesh enclosure. It's nice and open, no stagnant air. It is also much stronger than a mesh enclosure. Ok, now for the Con [just one]: whoever designed this cage wasn't thinking about maintenance. It has the front bottom panel that opens up. That's good. It has the top right panel that opens. That's good. What about the top left corner?? I either have to almost climb into the cage at the bottom and reach up to the top left, or open up the right top and reach all the way over to the left top. The cage is 36 inches long, and four feet tall. This layout has created many aggravating moments. Try to picture trimming the top of the ficus tree on the left top. It's not that easy working on the right side of the cage either, but it's doable. The front upper panel should open to allow access to the top section of the cage. Either that or an opening left side panel at least. Oh, there is another Con. Do not attempt to secure the basking shelf with the clips. Just have someone keep it level and secure it with plastic ties. This will save you a lot of heartache. Other than needing improvement with design, this cage is much better than a mesh screen cage (you will have to cup feed chameleons though). I would recommend it. It's just the design that hinders maintenance that knocks off a star for a 4/5 rating.
December 3, 2011