Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Plattsmouth, NE
Reptile Supply Recommendations
Just a few reviews on some good reptile products I've used over the years.
Animal Plastics racks are my favorites. They're low-priced, sturdy, and they have great customer support. They've held up through several moves, disassembly and reassembly several times, and they hold heat well. They're easy to clean and disinfect, and they look good.
ZooMed's Naturalistic Terrariums are my favorite for geckos. They're less expensive than the similar-looking Exo-Terras, but I like their design better, particularly for keeping small geckos contained. You do have to examine them closely before purchase, if you're going to be keeping tiny animals (such as hatchling day geckos) in them, because the door is not attached evenly on a few, but those can be avoided.
I use Flexwatt for heating most of my racks, but Big Apple Herp Supply makes a flexible heat cord that has become the handiest heat source I own. It's lasted for years, and I've used it to provide heat for quarantine bins, to heat displays at reptile shows, as temporary heat when some other heat source failed, etc. It was really inexpensive, and it's held up to a lot of manipulation and abuse, and still works great. You can buy it in a variety of different lengths.
I have a ZooMed Repti-Fogger, which works remarkably well for the small device that it is. Keep it clean, and use distilled water, and it should operate for a good long time without issues. Perfect for raising humidity in any enclosure. If there's any complaint, it's that I wish it came with a splitter so that you could use it with more than one cage.
HerpStat is my favorite thermostat. Slightly less expensive than Helix, but just as reliable, with plenty of options. It can be used as an analog or proportional thermostat, and most models can control either heating or cooling devices, and can be programmed to drop the temperatures at night if you wish. I use herpstats for my racks and my incubators. They're made by Spyder Robotics.
Repashy Crested Gecko Diet.
Most commercial reptile foods leave a lot to be desired, but this one seems to be some sort of wonder-chow. It's readily accepted not just by crested geckos and other rhacodactylus geckos, which thrive on it as a sole diet, but also by day geckos and many other small arboreal lizards that enjoy a bit of nectar or fruit in the wild. It's made caring for my dwarf geckos and mourning geckos much simpler, and their health and color has improved quite a bit on it.
Provent-A-Mite. This product is really the first and last choice for dealing with snake mites, though I would be cautious using it with very small lizards. It's not available in all States any longer, but I recommend keeping a can on hand 'just in case'. (Mites can be tracked in on pant legs, come in on bedding or items from a store that has an infected animal, etc, so, you never know!) It's the only product FDA approved for use in reptile enclosures.