Lizards require places to hide in their enclosure, without these areas your animal will become stressed. Stress is noticeable by a lack of appetite and your animal becoming less active. This is when sickness might occur.
There are a variety of substrates which can enhance the look of your enclosure, while being beneficial to your animal. There are some harmful substrates also; it is best to check before embarking on your enclosure beautification programme. Whichever substrate is used your animal must be kept clean.
Heat is very important for the well being of your animal. Too hot an enclosure will kill your animal within minutes; too cold an enclosure will lead to serious health problems. The preferred temperature gradient within a cage is 24 to 32 degrees. Your animal will choose its desired heat by moving between the two extremes.
Heat Pads work efficiently and cheaply for the majority of Lizards kept. When placed under one portion of your animal's enclosure a temperature gradient is created. Depending on the species of animal you are keeping a light or ceramic heat lamp might be needed as well as or instead of the heat pad. Lights and heat lamps should be connected to a thermostat.
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