Reptile Enclosures – Glass Or Screen

A glass enclosure is better for your animals as it holds in moisture. No! Screen is better as it allows more air movement through the enclosure! fun things to do in anaheim

For the past couple of years this debate has been raging at the reptile shows I’ve been vending at. As the focus has been on maintaining crested geckos I have been very interested in this topic and have kept an open mind (and closed mouth) listening to the discussions.

Well, last year I decided to take the debate a step further. Knowing this question would be posed to us in the future by customers, I had to be able to answer this question with an informed, intelligent and most importantly, helpful answer. I am a believer in gathering facts, comparing results, trying something different, going out on a limb- finding out for myself rather than buying into a concept whole heartedly. There is so much information on the Internet and, that gets discussed at reptile shows.

So… I had one small space available in the facility and was contemplating adding a couple large setups for leachies. Instead, I went out and purchased 4 screen enclosures measuring 18″X18″X24″. The plan was to set up 4 separate pairs of crested geckos, maintain and breed the groups, and compare the results.

Obviously, before moving forward, I had some thoughts on what to concentrate on. Ease of maintenance (feeding and misting), ease of cleaning, ability to hold humidity, and finally which setup- glass or screen- the geckos preferred. Ok, so that last one would be based more on my perception than from first hand accounts.

Before keeping any geckos in the enclosure, there are some points to consider in the selection.

Screen tanks come in two forms- aluminum and mesh screening (ex. Reptarium). The mesh screening setups are about half the cost of aluminum screens (which are a bit lower in price than glass enclosures). I selected the aluminum cages although I use the Reptariums for chameleons and love them! I found the screen enclosures easy to setup and best of all very easy to move from one location to another. Another point you should consider is that the aluminum screen cages can be stacked on top of each other as they open from the front. This is important if, like me, lizard real estate is a precious commodity. Finally, screen enclosures are weigh far less than glass tanks. This is important if you are considering building racks to hold setups 2 high. With glass, you will need to consider t

 

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