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Reptiles and amphibians are ectotherms, or cold-blooded. A proper heating system is thus a very important factor of the natural terrarium set-up. Reptiles are able to regulate their body temperature partly through radiant heat from the sun, provided by the lighting system or the Ceramic Heater in terrarium conditions. In their natural biotope, reptiles also often use surfaces heated by the sun, like branches, rocks or the forest floor as a heat-conductor. The Heat Wave Rock and Heat Wave substrate heaters simulate these natural conditions by heating the rock or substrate of the terrarium, stimulating the natural thermo-regulating behaviour of reptiles.


Without the sun's energy, all life on earth would cease to exist. It is by the sun's energy that all life forces are driven. Without it, our planet would quickly radiate away its own energy in short order, making all life extinct. Although light is much more complex, there are only three facets of light that are important for reptile husbandry: ultraviolet light, visible light and infrared light. In order to create these three biological aspects of sunlight artificially, Exo Terra has developed several specialized lights. Reptiles require appropriate and high quality lighting in order to meet certain different metabolic needs. As it is almost impossible to accommodate all of these needs in a single light source, a combination of different light sources is necessary in most cases. The table above will help you in making the right lighting choice.


The fixture is an important aspect of the lighting and heating system, ensuring the safety and proper function of the applied light or heat source. All fixtures comply with both European and North American safety regulations and have been subject to testing by independent laboratories. Exo Terra is committed to ensuring you and your reptile’s safety.

Feeding Tools

Exo Terra developed a line of feeding tools to facilitate the feeding of greens, pellets, insects and canned insects. Each tool is designed to ensure maximum sanitary and convenience. They provide comfort to the animals so they can eat in stress free conditions. These feeding tools contribute to a cleaner and healthier terrarium environment.

Hide Outs

A proper hiding area is an often underestimated and necessary feature of a natural terrarium. Without a safe spot to hide and sleep, reptiles and amphibians will easily develop stress that will affect their activity and appetite. Hideouts often also provide a shelter and/or a cooler and moister area in the terrarium.