One of the many joys of keeping exotic reptiles in your home is recreating a perfect habitat for your pet. Whether you set up a miniature rain forest, a desert, or woodland habitat complete with moss-covered vines, the key to your pet's best health lies in your creativity and understanding of the specific species you care for. Always read up on your reptile before you purchase living quarters, and please keep in mind these essential points when considering a habitat:
Desert Dwellers – Fine-grain sands for snakes, lizards, tortoises, and turtles include Zilla Ground English Walnut Shells, which are lighter in weight than old-fashioned sand, dust-free for a healthier habitat, and will not cause problems if ingested in small quantities. And Zoo Med Repti Sand, which is a natural quartz reptile sand substrate that safely stimulates your herp to dig and burrow. It is made of pure quartz desert sand, which is a better alternative to manufactured silica sand and finely ground to help prevent impaction if consumed by your pet.
Woodland Species – Glass lizards and other forest-dwelling reptiles prefer substrates that allow for shallow burrowing.
Rain Forest – Toads, frogs, salamanders,and other moss-dwelling creatures accustomed to damp environments will enjoy a substrate such as Zilla Fir and Sphagnum Moss Mix, which retains much-needed moisture and humidity.
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Remember, just like any other pet, your exotic reptile depends on you. Providing him with the most appropriate living conditions will increase your chances of having a happy and healthy pet for many years to come.