Monday, July 7, 2014

Artificial Plants For Reptile Cages

There is a growing trend in the artificial plant business that many are not aware of. This trend is using artificial plants and succulents to mimick the environment that reptiles and amphibians live in while trying to minimize the cost and upkeep of real plants. As shown in the picture above, this reptile enclosure contains some of our artificial grass, an artificial aloe plant and at the very bottom are two of our 7.5 inch artificial echeveria cactus. This display is at the San Diego Zoo and many of the plants you see in these cages are artificial but most visitors cannot tell they're fake. They serve a purpose of not having to constantly enter the cage to take care of live plants possibly putting the keepers in danger more than is needed. The realistic nature of these artificial plants make them perfect when trying to copy Mother Nature in the wild. They also are very safe for the reptiles allowing for them to move around without danger of getting scraped or cut. The picture above is of a very poisonous viper enclosure so it's very important to keep the maintenance to a minimum.

This picture above is of another reptile enclosure found at the San Diego Zoo. It has some of our artificial desert yucca plants mixed in with some artificial grass and fake tree branches. These have been strategically placed to give the reptiles a place to climb and hide but still be in sight of visitors. When purchasing these items for a reptile or amphibian enclosure you want to make sure they're made of a polyblend plastic material to keep them from leaching color in to the water aspects of the cage. We carry a very large variety of these types of artificial plants to use in these situations so if there is any question at all whether one will be suitable for an enclosure please contact us and we can help you choose the right plants for your project. To see a more detailed image of the ones above feel free to click on them to pull up a larger image.

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