Where do our terrarium animals come from, and why this is important.

In fact we could answer this question with “from all over the world”. After all many interesting terrarium animals also live in Europe. But these are protected species and therefore not suitable for keeping in terrariums. Another possibility could be “from breeding”, because more and more animals actually come from breeding and thus do not need to be removed from the wild. This not only helps to protect the species but also extends our knowledge about numerous species. Many findings about species and their behaviour have come from hobby keepers.

But let’s get back to the facts. Most of the approximately 800 spider, 3,000 amphibian and 6,000 reptile species originate from tropical and subtropical latitudes. Spiders especially are gaining in popularity. A fear of spiders can often evolve into fascination.

Why is the exact origin of the kept animals so important? To ensure them a species-appropriate, good life in the terrarium we need a lot of information about their place of origin: weather, temperatures, UVC radiation, where they like to stay, and you can find this information in the annual review. The more detailed information you get, the better your terrarium can simulate nature.

Let’s have an example. Desert animals live in hot conditions. We all agree on that. But anyone who has been in the desert knows how cold it can be there at night. The animals therefore need high temperatures during the day and possibly some cooling at night. These challenges represent the most exiting planning stage of a terrarium.

In the tropical rainforest the situation is totally different. There are relatively constant temperatures and a relatively high air humidity. The light is never harsh there. But don’t forget, because most species are ectotherm animals, their body temperature depends 100 % on the ambient temperature. This is particularly influenced by exposure to sunlight.

Therefore the animals use certain forms of behaviour, such as sunbathing or the retreat to cooler zones. They regulate their body temperature by moving actively to the optimal area. If this option is removed, their digestion and metabolism stop working effectively. If we offer them this opportunity in the terrarium, they will show their species-specific behaviour.

Use the internet for a search and thus ensure a great life for your pets. You can find more information in our free brochure “How to set up a terrarium - Care of lizards, turtles and spiders.” We hope you enjoy reading it.

© 23.08.2015
Matthias Wiesensee
Matthias Wiesensee
M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik
JBL GmbH & Co. KG

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