How to Make Your Own Decorations for a Reptile Enclosure

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Snakes and other reptiles should always have somewhere to hide.
Snakes and other reptiles should always have somewhere to hide. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Keeping reptiles as pets is easy and once you have the right equipment, also quite cheap. Snakes and lizards can be ideal pets. However, you must create a habitat that is both the right size for your pet and has a range of decorations and obstacles. Without these, your pet will get bored and this can cause stress so it may not feed properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Terracotta or thick plastic pot/pots
  • Hammer
  • Paper-towel
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Drift wood
  • Slate or stones
  • Water bowl
  • Reptile disinfectant or vinegar

Natural Elements

Break a terracotta pot or thick plastic pot roughly in half using a hammer and file any sharp edges.

Any shape or size will be fine as long as your pet can fit through any holes.
Any shape or size will be fine as long as your pet can fit through any holes. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Find paper towel tubes or toilet tissue tubes that are large enough for your snake or lizard to pass through without having to squeeze. Use scissors to cut these to a size that fit comfortably inside the vivarium. This is the cheapest way to create obstacles for your pet reptile.

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Collect pieces of driftwood from the beach or pick up pieces of wood, stones, rocks and slate from your local pet store or garden center.

Wood, stones and rocks will create a 'natural' environment for your reptile.
Wood, stones and rocks will create a 'natural' environment for your reptile. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Arranging

Clean any pot, rocks or stones thoroughly before placing them inside the vivarium. Use a reptile-friendly anti-bacterial available at most pet stores or online. If you prefer, use a small amount of vinegar mixed with warm water as this will act as a mild anti-bacterial.

Clean decorations every few weeks to prevent bacteria building up.
Clean decorations every few weeks to prevent bacteria building up. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Arrange your decorations in the vivarium while the enclosure is empty as it makes the job much easier and safer for you and your pet.

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Rotate the decorations on occasion to ensure your pet does not become bored with the current set up.

Tips & Warnings

  • Create hiding places in both warm and cool areas of the vivarium.
  • Your heat mat should only cover about a third of the tank so that your pet can choose where it wants to be.
  • Don't overcrowd the tank.
  • Wear eye protection when using a hammer.
  • Keep any sharp objects well away from children.
  • Do not use alcohol-based cleaning fluids as they may harm your pet.

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