All There Is To Know About Reptile Hides And Where To Put Them
One of the biggest obsessions in the reptile world these days is herpism or ” Reptile Hiding Places”. Many Reptile enthusiasts are finding that their passion for this hobby is becoming a very lucrative business, and not just in the United States. Iguana Enclosure is a network of more than twenty reptile herpetologists who have taken an interest in setting up herp enclosures at their local zoos and aquarium centers all over the United States.
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of species of reptiles in the United States who may require a hiding place. Many reptiles like to hibernate in the winter. Some prefer to hide under rocks or logs, but others like to crawl into a hole in the ground. All reptiles need a dry, warm place to retreat to in the event of temperatures that are too low. For them, reptile hides are a perfect solution.
There are several things to consider when purchasing reptile hides. The first thing you want to consider is size. The average hide is anywhere from three to ten inches across. It should be large enough to allow your pet to move about freely. Larger hides tend to be more comfortable for smaller pets.
Another important factor to keep in mind is whether or not the hide will completely cover the entire body of your pet. Snakes generally don’t like their entire body to be visible. The presence of the snake’s head, however, can make it easier for them to move around in the open air. You may also find that the larger hides are more comfortable for long-term pet retention.
What’s the story with chronic stress hides? Many people who are new to reptile care are surprised to hear that many of the hides are made with cotton. This is because cotton is an ideal hiding place for reptiles. According to what says watkins (the book referenced above), reptiles are particularly sensitive about their hiding places and can develop chronic stress if they are constantly kept in the same position or in the same room.
Cotton hides are also good because they are naturally cool to the touch and do not retain heat very well. This makes them great for herp owners who live in areas where the temperatures occasionally go from below normal to hot in the winter and back again. When herp herps (such as the eastern diamondback herp) live in their native environments, these herps are very sensitive to changes in temperatures and cannot handle being outside of the terrarium for too long. Being cooped up in a small enclosed space all the time can cause stress. However, when these same herps are raised in captivity and placed in a small terrarium, they do well.
So, in conclusion, the answer to the question posed in the title is “there is only one hide”. It is however important to note that there is actually more than one hide. The various terrarium hides can vary greatly in size and shape depending on the needs of the herping reptile in question. In addition to the aforementioned herp hides discussed above, you may want to consider adding a cold weather hide or even a humidity and heat resistant hide to your pet’s enclosure.
The fact that reptiles have to continually adjust to the humidity and temperature of their new home is well known in the field of reptile husbandry. Therefore, it is important that they are kept comfortable. This is why the addition of a humidifier to a reptile enclosure can be such a great idea. It will help your reptile retain the right humidity and temperature it needs to be healthy and happy.