Welcome to the world of slithering, scaly, and sometimes downright strange creatures. Now that you've got your reptile collection started, it's time to set up a room that will make your cold-blooded friends feel right at home. Let's dive in and give your reptiles the pad they deserve!
What's the Deal with Reptile Rooms?
First things first, what exactly is a reptile room? Well, it's a dedicated space in your home where you can house and care for your reptile collection. It's like a reptile paradise, complete with all the amenities your scaley pals need to thrive. You'll want to choose a spot that's away from heavy foot traffic and noise. Reptiles are sensitive creatures, and they prefer a quiet and peaceful environment.
You have a bare well-lit room ready for you to furnish with enclosures, supplies, and your pet reptiles, what's next? Reptiles are ectothermic, which means they rely on external sources of heat to regulate their body temperature. We recommend having a dedicated air conditioning unit or a way to manipulate the air conditioning to best suite the temperatures of your reptiles. Next, is shelving! Depending on the style of enclosures that you have (tanks, pvc, and even racks) you may need specific shelving to hold your enclosures or supplies. If you are using Reptile Racks you may still need a shelving unit to hold bins and bedding. And of course make sure to stock up on your tools (hooks, tongs, incubators) and supplies (substrate, lighting, decor).
Now that you've got the basics covered, it's time to turn your reptile room into a true oasis. Make it your own by adding your personality into this project and get creative. Adding artwork, a desk, a couch, and even decorating your racks with artificial foliage will add a home-y feeling into this work space.
Should you have a Reptile Room?
Having a nice reptile room is like a reptile version of MTV Cribs, but with fewer celebrities and more scaly creatures. Depending on the size of your Reptile Collection may be the factor on wether or not you should have a reptile room. There is a big difference between having 2 or 3 terrariums hanging around your home and having 10+ plus enclosures. If you do find the need for one of these work spaces, always keep it clean and inviting. Remember, you're going to spend A LOT of time in there.