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How to Decorate Your Terrarium?

How to Decorate Your Terrarium

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Decorating a terrarium is an art. It involves the combination of materials, colors, shades, and the skillful integration of plants and minerals while respecting the nature and needs of your animal. It’s not something you do randomly!

So, if you’re an enthusiast of terrariums and you want to spruce up your terrarium and create a dream decor for your favorite reptile, follow the guide!

How to Decorate a Desert Terrarium

A desert biome is characterized by a dry environment, composed of a lot of minerals and few succulent plants. These plants don’t require much maintenance as they are adapted to drought. You won’t have to water them every day.

Here are some decor ideas for your artificial hot and dry habitat that will delight your geckos, lizards, or snakes:

    1. A backdrop imitating a blue sky and desert landscape

Let’s start with the walls: invest in a background that showcases a desert landscape, typical of Utah’s deserts. Blue sky, a few clouds, one or two mountains in the background, cacti, and sand as far as the eye can see… Your reptile will feel right at home!

From an aesthetic point of view, a terrarium poster already greatly enhances your animal’s habitat and, by extension, your living room or any room where you display it.

    1. Sandy or clay substrate

For the floor, you won’t have much to do to make it authentic. As a desert substrate, opt for regular sand from beautiful beaches. In addition, you can add some clay sand to the mix. Clay sand can be molded at will when wet and will retain its shape after drying.

If you’re an artist at heart, it’s time to unleash your creativity! Create beautiful dunes, tunnels, and canyons. Your imagination (and maybe the size of your terrarium) is the only limit to your genius.

    1. Rocks and inclined branches

Very aesthetic, you can place some large rocks and smaller stones on which your animals can bask. The key is to reproduce the desert environment as much as possible.

To vary the “elevated” spaces, also opt for inclined roots and branches: crawlers love to climb everywhere, and they particularly enjoy the texture of wood.

    1. Natural and artificial plants

After minerals, it’s time for plants! Place artificial cacti here and there (you don’t want your critters to get pricked).

As for natural plants, you have several options:

      • Aloe Vera
      • Echeveria
      • Haworthia
      • Bromeliads
    1. Decorative elements

Finally, the finishing touch: decorations! Beyond all these essential elements for your reptile’s survival, you can finally add purely visual elements.

Some ideas for decorations include:

    • Stone columns for a desert temple ambiance
    • A stone pyramid
    • Mock primate or T-rex skulls
    • Stone water bowls and feeding dishes

How to Decorate a Tropical Terrarium

For a more exotic terrarium, combining succulent plants with vines and vertically-oriented branches is ideal if you’re housing an arboreal species. Beyond the decorative aspect, having such vertical supports is essential for arboreal snakes and lizards.

We aim to replicate a humid climate, a real jungle biotope with lush vegetation. Here are some ideas for arrangement and decoration for your tropical species:

    1. A jungle-style background

Similarly, the first decorative element will be the backdrop attached to the three back walls of your glass terrarium. Here, we won’t have a clear sky but rather a beautiful, moist forest with abundant vegetation, moss-covered rocks, and a carpet of leaves.

    1. A dark substrate and a water feature

For the floor, you’ll need a tropical substrate to accommodate your future exotic plants. Want some elevation? Place large rocks under which your reptiles can curl up and hide.

As for the water feature, place multiple buried water bowls.

    1. Natural and artificial plants

Unlike the desert terrarium, you can go all out with plants:

      • Ferns (Davallias)
      • Mosses
      • Miniature orchids
      • Araflora

Opt for mangrove roots or vines for your animal to climb on.

    1. Decorative elements

And last but not least, the best part. To add an Indiana Jones or Sydney Fox vibe to your little tropical forest, don’t hesitate to embellish it with:

      • Old Mayan temples
      • Ancient archaeological skulls
      • Or other sacred statues

It will feel like you’re in South America!

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- Mahatma Gandhi

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