Reptile terrarium décor comes in a wide variety from cork bark, branches, rocks, plants, vines and caves. It is always best to do your research and provide décor items that will best benefit your reptile. Ground dwellers do well with shorter, lower to the ground décor as they are normally not the best climbers. If housing an arboreal species, you should have décor items that provide different heights so your reptile is able to explore its new home.
Plants, real or fake, help provide a natural feel and provide additional hiding areas. As with any type of pet, always make sure the décor is free from any cracks or sharp edges so your pet does not get injured. Regular cleaning of all décor is required just as you would clean the substrate and terrarium walls. The possibilities for decorating your reptile's home are only bound by your imagination!
Yes, your reptile needs décor - caves, leafy plants and hiding places provide a sense of security, basking branches, vines and other décor allow your reptilian friend the ability to climb and get closer to the heat lamp to thermoregulate their body temperature.
There are real and fake tropical and desert plants to choose from based on your chosen species. Arboreal species appreciate items to climb on like branches, vines and taller plants. A hiding log or cave always provides a sense of security. Be creative and you will have one happy reptile.