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How To Create A Mini Ecosystem Terrrarium

Jun 4, 2008
For those that want to make their own ecosystem of reptiles, there are a lot of guidelines and rules to go over before actually committing to the process. Reptiles can be a very hardy species, but only in the right conditions. For the health of the reptiles who are to be in the ecosystem, several ground rules should be reviewed before taking part in the process.

First to address is the climate that reptiles need to survive. While many reptiles can live in different types of climates, there are many that will require either a warm or cool climate in order to survive. One could simply create two different climates in a terrarium, but most terrariums aren't large enough for this- and the health of the reptiles will deter.

Reptiles can be just as social as humans in some cases- meaning that the way they interact with each other can have effects on their overall health. Different species will have generally different attitudes, and the specific reptile will have a certain personality. Mixing these personalities and attitudes of other species can be dangerous, as it may cause stress. Stress is detrimental to a reptile's health, and can even cause health problems, so the process of mixing species is generally not recommended.

Differences in the immune system of two different species of reptiles can also mean all the difference in the overall health of both pets. While one reptile can have a natural immunity to a certain health defect, they may still harbor the threat and spread it to other reptiles that may not have the natural immunity. This has been prevalent in nature for decades- and recreating the effect in a terrarium will be just as unfortunately easy to be done.

More obvious is the fact that many reptiles will be likely to eat other reptiles when forced to. Even in humans this condition is show via cannibalism- although it doesn't take much effort for some reptiles to turn on their own kind or similar species. In this case, it's best to keep stress levels down and plenty of food and water present or attacks and fights may occur between the different species of reptiles.

Terrariums aren't always a help in the matter, as most of them are too small even for one reptile. Reptiles need ample living space if they are to lead healthy lives. Putting more reptiles into a single terrarium will mean that extra space will be needed. Crowding will almost always lead to problems, sickness, and even death among reptiles. Therefore, a large enough terrarium should be obtained if an ecosystem is to be developed.

In Conclusion

Overall, it's generally not a good idea for beginners to take on the task of putting together a mini ecosystem. Only experts in reptiles who can figure out the best interactions and environments to place multiple reptiles in should proceed to accomplish any of the aforementioned tasks. In the end, it's usually best just to keep same species together in different terrariums to avoid confusion and problems.
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