Decor and accessories can help make your reptile habitat more visually appealing and also provide a more realistic appearance. Caves and logs can function as hiding areas while branches and vines provide a place to climb. There is a vast assortment of various cage decorations available, both real and artificial, to allow you to customize your reptile’s environment.
Desert and tropical lizards should have hiding areas such as reptile hides, rock caves, or hollow logs. Both natural and artificial rocks, logs, and branches can be used to create basking areas and climbing areas. Artificial plants or live plants that are reptile-safe can be added for a more realistic appearance. Tropical lizards can also use drippers to raise the humidity level in their habitats.
Snakes should have a hiding area or shelter large enough to completely conceal themselves in. They should also have a water bowl that is large enough to submerge themselves in. Branches, vines, and shelves can be added both for climbing and to rub against when shedding skin.
Aquatic and semi-aquatic turtles turtles should have both a water area and a land area. The land area can be created from substrate, rocks, driftwood, or turtle docks or ramps. They also require a heater to keep their water area an appropriate temperature. A variety of artificial or live turtle-safe plants can be added. However, turtles will eat plants so any live plants must be non-toxic.
Land turtles turtles should have a hiding area, as well as a variety of rocks and branches. A variety of artificial or live turtle-safe plants can be added. However, turtle will eat plants so any live plants must be non-toxic. Resin ornaments or decorations can also be added to enhance the appearance of the habitat.
Tortoises enjoy enclosed spaces so an appropriately sized hiding area is a necessity. Other decorations such as logs, branches, and rocks can also be included but should not take up too much space in the environment to allow plenty of room for movement. A variety of artificial or live turtle-safe plants can be added. However, tortoises will eat plants so any live plants must be non-toxic.
Hermit Crabs enjoy climbing so a variety of accessories should be provided to keep them entertained. Cholla wood, rocks, branches, artificial plants and vines, and wooden or plastic hides make good choices. A selection of shells can be included for decoration and for the crab to change into. Hermit crabs should have two separate water bowls that they can easily submerge themselves in, one for freshwater and one for saltwater.
Amphibians need a very humid environment so drippers should be used and they may also need to be misted daily. Live plants help to create a realistic looking environment and also help to raise humidity. Logs, branches, rocks, and moss can all be used to enhance the environment.
Arachnids, Scorpions, and other invertebrates should have numerous hiding areas such as huts, logs, or resin hides scattered throughout the habitat. Sponges should be provided as many don’t drink directly from a water bowl. Artificial or live non-toxic plants can be included, as can rocks, branches, and resin decorations.