Introduction To Reptile Equipment

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Welcome to Scales and Fins Reptile Equipment section!

We have compiled a list of the essential items that are required for a successful vivarium setup.

A word of warning as most of these work from household power supplies, you must be careful that you have followed the manufacturers instructions thoroughly.

If in doubt consult your local pet supplier, or a qualified electrician.

Vivarium

Vivarium

The enclosure a reptile is kept is called a vivarium. Vivariums now come in a huge range of styles many designed to blend in with your household decor.

However, you must choose an enclosure that will give your pet the best environment for both its health and happiness. more...

Heat Mat

Heat Mat

The heat mat is the heat source of choice for most vivariums and also other enclosures such as those used for invertebrates.

They are relatively cheap and come in many shapes and sizes and are easy to install providing a few simple rules are followed. more...

Thermostat

Thermostat

The thermostat is an essential piece of equipment for all vivariums.

It will control the heat source in your tank to make sure that the temperatures remain at the the correct level.

The correct use of thermostats is critical for the wellbeing of your pet. more...

Thermometer

Thermometer

Being cold-blooded reptiles derive their heat from their surroundings, this means that providing the correct temperature range is fundamental to the well being of your pet.

Along with heat sources and thermostats the use of thermometers is essential to check temperatures. more...

Security

Security

One aspect that is often overlooked when keeping reptiles is securing the vivarium.

The cost of locks is very reasonable and you should ensure that you use one wherever possible. more...

Substrate

Substrate

Substrate is the name for any material that is placed on the floor of a vivarium.

There are many different types available. When you make the choice of which substrate to use, there are various factors that you will need to take into account. The most important of which is the well being of your pet. more...

Lighting

Lighting

One very important component of a vivarium is the lighting system. The use of lights in reptile keeping is not quite a simple as it first appears.

Apart from both you and your pet being able to see in the tank, lights are also as a heat source, creating areas of higher temperature for reptiles to basking in. Another use of lighting is to provide ultraviolet light which is essential for certain species. more...

Other Accessories

Other Accessories

There are many hundreds of reptile related accessories available.

Here we look at items that we have not covered in the other articles in this section. Whilst some of these are essential, there are others that due to their inexpensive cost are well worth acquiring. more...

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