Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Where to keep your reptiles

And the reader is thinking, "Duh, Zoe, in their cage!" . That's not what I meant. I'm thinking of geographical location- which room of the house is best?
There are a few things to consider:
1. Temperature. The room should be heated in the winter. AC in the summer is nice and helpful at maintaining a year-round ambient temperature (which makes your life easier), but not essential.
2. Electrical outlets. You need lots of them. Or at least one you can use with a power strip.
3. Ability to be closed off. In case of an escape, or in case the power goes off in the winter, it helps to be able to close the door to the room to either keep the repitle inside (easier to find) or keep the heat inside. Also, this is important if you have small children, pets, or other potential stressors in your family.
4. Accessibility. A good deal of successful reptile keeping relies on observation, so you need to keep your pet in a room that you will be able to enter and exit on a regular basis.

So there you have it. My herps live in my bedroom and the guest room.

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