Pvc Reptile Enclosure – A Few Tips on Building One Yourself


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Why do you need a Pvc Reptile Enclosure? Well, these types of enclosures are made especially for the warm-blooded reptiles. They provide a great amount of warmth for your pets and can even keep them cool in summer. The UVB lighting provided by these enclosures is perfect for your lizards and to have an eye exam from time to time. Some of the most popular enclosures for these types of lizards include:

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Thermal Greenhouses. This is a greenhouse that provides an enclosure with an integrated lid to provide heat and humidity well. These greenhouses have temperature and humidity controls. However, the main disadvantage with this type of enclosure is that they do not perform well with the heat and humidity well. If your reptiles are perspiring a lot, then this would be the wrong enclosure for them.

The 40 gallon terrarium. This type of reptile enclosure has a lid that can be opened or closed. It has a space for the heat lamp and a UVB light and can hold three to four gallons of water.

The Indoor Filtration System. The indoor filtration system performs three essential functions. First, it removes excess moisture from the air and keeps your lizards’ bodies well hydrated. Second, it performs a dehumidifier which removes excess humidity in the air as well as the dewiness of the soil. And finally, it overcomes the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.

The Deep Substrate. Your pets require a high-quality UVB lighting and an appropriate UVB deep substrate to live comfortably in the wild. It’s important to keep in mind that arboreal lizards do best in extremely warm (phonetic) conditions and should be kept in an area with access to direct sunlight for most of the day. When the temperature drops, the arboreal lizard can go into a “temporary hibernation” to slow down the metabolic rate and prevent heat loss.

The Racks and Enclosures. There are several types of Pvc enclosures to choose from: metal, acrylic, glass and wood. If you’re just getting started with this hobby, I would suggest starting out with a glass enclosure. These enclosures are very durable and can take a lot of punishment from being dropped or mishandled. They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit most pet types and activities. There are many pros and cons to each type of rack system, so it’s best to read up on all your options prior to making your purchase.

The Ventilation and Heating System. Many types of enclosures do not have the ventilation options to allow the arboreal reptiles to stay cool. There are a few enclosures that have the capability of vents while others are only intended to hold heat. If you plan on keeping your lizards in these types of enclosures for extended periods of time, I would suggest investing in a well-ventilated and well powered heating unit. They generally run on electricity and can even be solar powered.

The Well Rigid Substrate. The well Rigid substrate is extremely lightweight and has the ability to provide air pockets within the substrate for breeding. The substrate can even be purchased pre-molded, cut to the desired size and depth, or left to settle on its own. This allows you to build a larger enclosure than what you would think possible without the weight and bulk of the standard substrate. Many of these pre-molded substrate products also come with UV inhibitors for added longevity and protection.

The Glass Enclosures. While most glass enclosures will hold heat well, they can also be very fragile if not properly cared for. UV radiation and high humidity can quickly damage even the most durable glass enclosures. These glass enclosures have the ability to be vented into their side flaps for easy cleaning, but they are still not the safest way to house your reptile collection. There is a slight chance that UV rays can still reach the interior of the glass, but the vented option will solve that issue quite well.

The UV Lighting and Humidity Therapy. Most of the UV lighting systems for lizards are extremely expensive, but there are alternative ways to heat and humidify your lizards without spending hundreds of dollars. You can purchase a hydrometer and use it to monitor the moisture levels in the substrate. You can purchase UV bulb kits and place them inside the substrate. Most of these kits come with a remote control unit so you can keep monitoring your lizards from a distance.

The substrate. If you’re using hydroponics or grow beds, then you’ve probably already figured out that it takes 5 liter bottles of substrate to get one pint of live rock. This is because the rocks are constantly being uprooted by your vivarium shrimp as they move around to find the food they need. Lizards like the substrate to be slightly moist, but not overly wet. This allows the substrate to have a consistent temperature and mold easily when it is mixed properly.

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