At a minimum, most reptiles require an appropriately sized glass aquarium or terrarium and screen or mesh lid to provide ventilation. However, there are a wide range of enclosure styles to choose from, depending on the needs of your reptile and your personal preferences. All glass habitats with ventilation areas can also be used. Aquatic and semi-aquatic turtles must have a water-tight aquarium. It is important to select a sufficiently sized cage for your reptile. We carry a selection of basic aquariums and lids, as well as a number of set-up packages we have created to suit the needs of particular reptiles.
General guidelines for habitat sizes are based on a variety of measurements. By using the calculations listed below, you will find the minimum habitat size for your reptile.
tank sizes are based on the length of their bodies from snout to tail. The length of the enclosure should be 2 to 3 times this measurement, the depth 1 to 1 ½ times, and the height 1 to 1-1/2 times for terrestrial lizards and 1-1/2 to 2 times for arboreal lizards.
should be measured from their heads to the tip of the tail. The length of the enclosure should be 3/4 of the total length of the snake, the depth should be 1/3 of it, and the height should be 3/4 of it if terrestrial or the entire length if arboreal.
Turtle and tortoise
measurements are based on the length of their carapace. For turtles, the length of the enclosure should be 4 to 5 times this measurement, the depth 2 to 3 times, and the height approximately 2 times this measurement. For tortoises, the length of the enclosure should be 5 times the carapace measurement, the depth 3 times it, and the height 1-1/2 to 2 times it.
prefer a more roomy enclosure. Depending on the sizes of the amphibian, a 10 gallon tank would be sufficient for one to two, and a 15 gallon tank could hold two to three. Different types of amphibians can cohabitate as long as they are approximately the same size.
don’t require an extensive amount of space. A single tarantula or scorpion can live happily in a 5 to 10 gallon tank. They do best when kept singly.
are social animals and should be kept in small groups. They are very active so a 10 gallon tank for a group of 3 to 5 small hermit crabs would be ideal.