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Reptile supplies include habitats, food, habitat accessories, such as feeders, bedding, lighting, pumps and filters and heaters. The first thing you must do is research the type of reptile or amphibian you plan to keep so that you know what kind of supplies you’ll need. Next, you will need a place to keep your herp - a vivarium (or enclosure) and this largely depends on the species of herp you decide to keep. Vivariums come in many different shapes and sizes and include aquariums, terrariums, paludariums and insectariums. Bedding supplies for your herp habitat may include small pebbles, wood chips, sand or common soil. Lighting and a heat source for your vivarium is very important. Heating should be provided at one end of the cage, and as in the case with keeping lizards, a perch can be provided so that the lizard can get closer and even warmer. However, make sure it cannot directly touch the heat source or it may get burned. Again, it must be stressed that the type of reptile supplies depends on the type of animal you are keeping. Lighting and heating are always adapted to the requirements of the animal (and plant) species. For example, in nature, certain reptiles heat themselves by the sun, so various bulbs may be necessary to simulate this environment in a vivarium. The same is true for the type of food you will need for your reptile. Some reptiles feed on crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, zophobas worms, nightcrawlers, and red worms. Most lizards eat live prey, although some lizards are vegetarians and enjoy eating seeds.

Reptile supplies can be purchased at larger pet centers and pet stores and there are many resources for reptile supplies found online.


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