Have you ever dreamed of owning a slithering little creature and having the ultimate habitat for it to thrive in? If so, awesome! If not, you better start dreaming, bro! Reptile habitats are fantastic!! But, before doing anything, you need to ensure that you find out how to build and maintain it because it’s not a set-it and forget-it project.

For example, when you want to build a terrarium, you need to find the right way to do it. Since there are a million ways to do it, you need to be realistic with your expectations, what you want, and what you are capable of building. First, you need to figure out the type of terrarium you want to build. Will it be a desert habitat or a tropical environment? Will your terrarium be vertical or horizontal? Below are some ideas for creating a realistic terrarium habitat for your reptile.

Desert Terrariums

With desert terrariums, you can either go for a sandy landscape or a rocky landscape. Both are cool; it’s just that some reptiles prefer one over the other. Each of the two can differ in temperature, humidity, and vegetation – and you need to get it just right. This is the cool part of selecting your reptile and the landscape materials you will use to build the design.

  • Sandy Environments

The sandy desert terrain can make your reptile feel right at home. The idea is to recreate the desert within your terrarium so your reptile can flourish. Glass tanks are great for most reptiles; however, you might go with screen cages for other variations of reptiles. Glass is ideal, as it is durable and can hold up to the abuse from the reptile itself. You need to ensure that there is adequate space for the reptile to grow, so make sure you start with a larger tank. Your reptile will have more ground to roam or if the tank is big enough to accommodate them.

  • Rocky

The rocky desert landscape works for most of our slithering scaled friends here in Australia. If you can re-create the outback in a fish tank, you are on to something!!! Adding fake plastic plants or even indigenous plant life to your terrarium can add needed shelter for your reptile. Generally, you are looking for a balance; you don’t want to have too much sand, too many rocks, or too many plants in one area. Rocks and sand will compliment most parts of the landscape if they are placed throughout properly. You want to ensure you create a basking area for your reptile, a nesting area, and a feeding area.

Building a terrarium that matches your reptile’s natural habitat can be complex. In some cases, you need to nail everything for the reptile to survive. So do some research, find out how the reptile lives in its natural habitat, what plants it eats if it’s an herbivore, and what insects it eats if that’s its diet. You want to mimic its real-life environment.

Get Ready To Build

When you want to build a terrarium, you want to do it right as your species depend on that to survive. These are just some of the many ideas you can reference when looking to build the right terrarium for your reptiles. Your reptiles will certainly thrive with the proper lighting, water, food, shelter, and plant life.