Spending money on reptile habitat décor can be frustrating if your pets don’t appreciate their impressive surroundings.Perhaps you bought these expensive small plants, vines, and hides and carefully placed them in the reptile tanks. You spend hours ensuring that every tank looks sweet, healthy and beautiful.
What follows is something that is all too familiar to all reptile keepers. The hard-working hours are ruined in seconds. The plants have been toppled, the drifts pooped on and the soil is tossed around. But reptile owners have several ways to avoid utter frustration and a dent in their budgets.
Here are a few affordable DIY options for your lovely reptiles!
You need to have a fabric strong enough to hold your reptile (preferably square), suction cups, and scissors.
All you need to do is fold the material into a triangle and cut small openings in every corner. Oh, oh, my! You can mount the hammock with the suction cups on the edge of the tank.
Tip: Make several hammocks. So, if one gets inevitably dirty, you can quickly switch it for a clean one.
Visit your dollar store! In their floral section, they usually have vine decor. The plastic vines can be quickly sanitized with vacuum cups (also in the dollar store) and attached to the tank.
It works best with reptiles that dwell on the ground. These vines cannot hold much weight, making them an unpopular choice for the arboreal reptiles.
Suggestion: Check for no wire innards vines. The plastic can break and the wire can harm your reptile after several uses.
A’ hide’ is only a small area where a reptile may hide. Consider humid hides that will help shedding and dry hides that can provide your reptile with a shelter and a spot for napping.
Sometimes the hides have a hefty price tag in shops, but your reptiles know nothing else. Plastic cups with lids work well for moist hides.You can cut a hole on the top side and fill it with wet moss or sheets of paper. These containers can be cleaned and sanitized if needed. Old flower pots turned around on the sides, or old castle molds can also be used.
Tip: Cover up the rough edges of any hole in those hides you cut. Sometimes the sharp plastic edges can harm reptiles.
Bricks and Tiles
Bricks also make excellent alternatives to reptile tanks with heaters. The blocks keep heat, helping reptiles regulate temperature. While electronic heat rocks are proven to be harmful, bricks do not absorb heat enough to create a dangerous temperature.
Ceramic tiles are also heat-free and easy to scrub. Make sure your borders are smooth with no rough spots. Moreover, ensure you check and monitor temperatures regularly so that your reptiles are safe.
Tip: Ensure that there are no rough edges and remember to check temperatures. These are safety precautions that ensure that your pets are healthy, warm, and content.
Your pets may have been brought up outdoors and may not comply with your lavish terrarium, but you can now make your housing adornments to replace anything your scaly pet destroyed.
Have an enchanting DIY crafting!