Pros and Cons of a PVC Reptile Enclosure



So you want to know about Pvc Reptile Enclosure? Well, I’m here to tell you it’s not as hard as you may think. In fact, you don’t even need a degree in zoology. In fact, most of the information you need for this step is contained within these very pages.

Today I will introduce you to all kinds of reptile enclosures, what they do, how they fight, and how well to use them. Also, at the end of this article, you will discover the absolute BEST kind of reptile enclosure you could house a large reptile in. In short, my mission is to inform everyone about the pros and cons of the various types of reptile enclosures, and why you should only go with lightweight (and/orlatable) models. If you read this article, you will be armed with critical information about the pros and cons of all types of reptile enclosures, including UV tanks and how they work to retain heat and humidity.

The biggest pro of UV tanks is how quickly they can cool down your substrate. This is important because terrestrial and arboreal reptiles are prone to heat stress if they are housed in an enclosure with limited air circulation and poor (or no) ventilation. In addition, if you have any type of terrestrial or arboreal reptile, it is highly recommended to buy a UV tank because they generally do better (often have much tighter colonies) in the wild than in captivity.

On the other hand, there are several major cons to UV tanks. First, they can be heavy (even heavy duty) which makes it difficult to move. If you want to relocate the enclosure to different locations periodically, it is a major hassle. Secondly, the UV system is quite expensive and can cost up to $1000. Finally, most UV tanks have limited heating mechanisms (which may not even work at all) and need regular cleaning.

Surprisingly, however, there is a viable alternative to the UV sterilization and high cost of a UVB/UVC enclosure. You can purchase a variety of accessories including heaters/loops/showers, UV pellets, and various types of UVB lighting. Some of these items can be purchased in large quantities, while some individuals opt for individual models. As a result, this option can actually save you more money over the life of the tank as you will only need to replace certain parts of the lighting fixtures every two to three years and keep up with maintenance on the heaters.

As mentioned earlier, we advocate the purchase of a “full size” or “normal size” UVB light in order to provide proper heating and air circulation. However, for an arboreal or terrestrial Reptile enclosure, you will probably want to get a smaller UVB bulb to fit. While this might make your initial investment more expensive, it will also save you money in the long run as these bulbs do not require nearly as much frequent replacement. In addition, since the bulbs generally last up to 25 years when placed in a properly designed UVB enclosure, the cost per Bulb does not make sense.

Many experienced UVB bulb users recommend the purchase of a UVB “light kit”. These kits are generally sufficient for arboreal and underfloor Reptiles with standard glass aquariums. However, some enthusiasts have reported success with the use of UVB “light sticks” in a 40 gallon terrarium. In general, however, these “light kits” are not recommended for lizards, amphibians, and all other reptiles that cannot tolerate the high levels of UVB radiation.

The third set of pros and cons associated with UVB enclosures are more related to the owner’s decision to use them as well as their effectiveness. For example, they are easy to install. Many homeowners enjoy the ease of cleaning them as well as the way they can keep the outside temperatures from increasing. Proper ventilation is another key aspect that they offer. While they are primarily designed to hold heat, the inclusion of air circulation systems allows you to effectively lower the temperature inside the enclosure. Proper ventilation also reduces the evaporation of water and increases humidity levels in the enclosure which are beneficial to your lizards.