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The first question you ask yourself when planning for a new pet is where they’ll live. Having a place to hide and rest is a basic need for all animals. To help you create the ideal home, our products are divided into three main categories: Reptiles, Tarantulas, and Fish. Each creature needs a place to hide from predators, and each has varying needs for shelter. Not sure what pet you’re going to bring home? Keep reading below to learn about the shelters that animals find in their native habitats and get a better idea of the type of pet you can accommodate.

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There is an abundance of different species when it comes to reptiles, but here are some of their most common basic needs when considering suitable terrarium décor to purchase with us. It is important that reptiles regulate their body temperature within their environment. This includes both shelter from the heat to cool down and at least one basking area to warm up again. Amphibian species like toads, frogs, axolotls, newts and salamanders need to burrow in wet areas or moist soil to help them absorb oxygen and retain moisture. Many snakes and lizards find rock piles, woody material, brush piles, or abandoned burrows of other animals suitable for nesting.

Tarantulas are found in warm areas all around the world. Depending on the species, their ideal environment will be found in places like the desert, rainforest, or scrubland. Woody areas like logs, tree trunks, and cavities under stone are ideal burrow places for tarantulas. Most tarantulas dig burrows that can reach 6 inches in dept and 8 inches in lateral length and will protect them from the hot days and cold nights while combating the harsher aspects of their living environment. They install silk webbing that prevents their burrows from caving in and aids in detecting prey passing by. Tarantula’s usually wait in their burrows for prey but, when necessary, these arachnids will stray from their cozy webs to forage for food. Although many stay on the ground, tarantulas can climb. Keep this in mind when planning the habitat for your pet.

Fish live in a variety of environments, but there are a few habitat characteristics that remain the same across species. Besides water, the most essential parts of a fish’s habitat include adequate space and shelter. They’ll use the shelter in their aquascape to hide in, rest, feed, and spawn. For some, a coral reef may act as that sanctuary. For others, stone caves provide a heavenly underwater sanctuary to protect themselves. Some fish are naturally shy, so these fish need to have a hiding place.

Unlike plastic, our hideouts and rocks create environments as close to your pet’s native habitat as possible. When you place one of our products in your animal’s enclosure, you can feel confident you’re increasing their quality of life. Curious about how enclosure decor benefits your pets? Head over to our Reptiles page to learn more!