Finding a good cage for a reptile can be quite a task. There are plenty of aquariums that can be used and they work well for the most part. The problem is that they can be inconvenient, because they were not made specifically for reptiles. This was the problem that I had when I started searching for cages for my leopard geckos. There were several choices, but I chose to go with the Exo Terra Small Wide Glass Terrarium. Exo Terra is dedicated to creating products for reptiles. They have everything from heating bulbs to substrate. So just what is it that makes their terrariums so good?
- Cost: While it may seem a bit on the expensive side, you should consider all the features that are included. While an aquarium might be cheaper, I can guarantee it won’t have a front-opening door.
- Durability: My Exo Terra tank has lasted for quite a while with no problems at all. They are made of good quality glass and will last you for a long time.
- Built-in Elevated Feet: There’s no need to put those sticky plastic bumps on the bottom of your tank. These have black, plastic feet that lift the tank far enough off the ground for an under tank heater.
- Cord Openings: Being able to find a good place for your cords can be difficult in an aquarium. These tanks come with openings that let you easily place your cords in the tank and keep them looking neat.
- Variety of Sizes: There are a total of 12 different sizes you can choose from. The smallest is 8 inches by 8 inches by 8 inches. The largest is 36 inches by 18 inches by 36 inches. Unless you need a pretty big cage, you should be able to find a good glass one for your reptile.
- Cord Port Opening: While it is great to easily put your cables in the tank, the opening can cause some problems. Even when you have the sliding port cover closed all the way there is still a tiny gap. This can let small enough reptiles or crickets escape. You may need to close it up with some silicone if this is a problem.
- Background: These terrariums come with a background that is not particularly great. When used in the cage, it leaves a small ledge between the screen top and the background. Crickets or flightless fruit flies can get up here and not come down. If you have a reptile that can’t climb, they won’t be able to get to them.
- Locking the Cage: The handles for the front-opening doors have holes that allow you to lock the cage with a terrarium lock. While this is normally enough of a deterrent, the cage can still be opened from the top. The screen top is held down by latches which can easily be moved to take it off.
Despite some of its problems, I highly recommend buying an Exo Terra Terrarium if you have the money. Currently, I use Exo Terra Terrariums for my western hognose and my Green Anole. I’ve never regretted putting the money down on one. If you can’t afford one though, definitely look for a regular aquarium. If you live near a petsmart and the tank is big enough, they sell a really nice 20 gallon aquarium for $33. Have any questions about terrariums? Leave a comment below!