Pet Age Staff//October 1, 2019//
Pet Age Staff //October 1, 2019//
When it comes to reptiles as pets, lizards are a favorite for many consumers. Many lizards make good pets because of their gentle demeanor, ease of care and the availability of a multitude of interesting colors and patterns. In fact, in his September 2018 Management piece, John Mack, founder and CEO of Reptiles by Mack, highlighted how the colors of reptiles entice many consumers.
“Colubrids such as geckos and chameleons are all well-entrenched within pet stores across the world, and each has a number of colors and morphs available from most reptile breeders,” he said. “As reptile breeders hone and refine their ability to track and mix genetic combinations, the potential for new colors and patterns combination may well be effectively infinite.”
It’s important to ensure consumers are getting products that maintain their lizard’s vibrant colors and their overall health. Therefore, products that are designed with lizards in mind should be consumers’ go-to options. For instance, even though the majority of herps require some type of substrate in their terrarium or environment, the substrate product a snake owner gets may not necessarily be the most effective for a lizard owner. Furthermore, the substrate for an iguana may not be the best for a bearded dragon. Know the features of all the products on the market, educate consumers on the differences among them and why it is crucial for pet owners to stick to products particular to their specific herp.
These products provide lizards with everything they need for a healthy lifestyle. From heaters that keep them at the ideal temperature to supplements that give them the extra boost in nutrients they need to flourish, consumers will not only be able to sustain their lizard’s health but improve it for a long-lasting bond.
Reptile Prime Coconut Fiber Substrate
Reptile Prime Coconut Fiber Substrate is an eco-friendly product made from the husks of coconuts and can be safely composted or recycled into potted plants or gardens. It’s an optimal substrate for terrarium setups incorporating reptiles, amphibians or inverts. It can be used with tropical species or desert-dwelling pets.
Timberline Reptile Lunch Box
Timberline’s Lunch Box contains 24-plus fresh, maintenance-free crickets boxed up and ready to go on the retail shelf. The packaging of each Lunch Box is clear plastic, so retailers and customers can see what’s inside without having to worry about escapees. Each Lunch Box comes clearly marked with a “born on” date, allowing for seven days of shelf life, and customers get approximately seven days of home use, often more.
Front Opening Terrariums
Zilla’s Front Opening Terrariums provide reptile and amphibian keepers easier access to their pets without the need to move hot lights. The Zilla glass open-front natural terrariums come with a realistic foam background, removable doors, locking safety pins and top inserts to help keep humidity in the tank. The bottom of the terrarium is water-tight for creating a false bottom for planted tanks or an aquarium water feature. The top of the terrarium is made with a hinged panel that allows for easy access and has a powder-coated screen to resist rust in a high-humidity environment.
Reptile Ravines are a unique yet functional decoration. They provide basking and hiding spots and a beautiful 3D look for the terrarium. With a quality poly resin construction, they will not tip over with the weight of the animal. Purchase all four for a complete terrarium or vivarium landscape.
The Tetrafauna ReptoHeat Dual Temp Basking Heater provides two safe and easy ways to set up and mount this innovative basking heater. It provides a variety of reptiles with the proper basking heat. The heaters have been dialed in to ensure that whatever the pet, it will have the best basking heat for its needs.
T-Rex offers a wide range of supplements for reptiles, including 2:1, 2:0 and Bone Aid Microstick. Enriched for better absorption, 2:1 and 2:0 are high-quality calcium supplements that result in better health, strength and longevity. Bone Aid Microstick is an ultra-fine, high-quality calcium that is finely ground, which enables it to stick to crickets, so its absorption is guaranteed.
Gourmet Bearded Dragon Food
Zoo Med’s Gourmet Foods combine natural pelleted foods with a medley of dried treats appropriate for each type of animal. Bearded dragon food adds enrichment to a dragon’s diet with mealworms, blueberries and rose flowers. It includes essential vitamins and minerals with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives added.