The bioactive terrarium

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Jesse Smets
Exo Terra Digital Manager

While the stunning colors and studying the amazing behavior of frogs have always been the motive to keep these amazing animals in a terrarium, with the recent trend towards more natural, bioactive tropical terrariums, we see a steep increase in frog keeping.

Creating more realistic, naturalistic and bioactive terrarium landscapes has made reptile and amphibian keeping more exciting and satisfying than ever. Simulating the natural habitats of our terrarium inhabitants enables us to educate ourselves about their natural behaviors as well as allowing us to enjoy an amazing piece of wilderness in our own homes.

The art of “terrascaping” is the craft of arranging natural plants, mosses, as well as vines, branches, stones, or Exo Terra decor, in an aesthetically pleasing manner, to recreate the inhabitant’s natural habitat inside the terrarium. In this simulated biotope, amphibians and reptiles are no longer pets, but a crucial element in this stunning, naturalistic micro habitat.

Exo Terra’s Frog Terrariums and Natural Terrariums are ideal for a Bioactive setup, providing a waterproof base for the substrate and adequate ventilation for all organisms while retaining sufficient relative air humidity.

The Rainforest Canopy Terrarium landscape replicates the upper layer of the equatorial rainforest with an abundance of branches covered with leaves and epiphytic plants like orchids, bromeliads, aroids (Pothos, Philodendron, Monstera, etc.), air plants (Tillandsia spp.), lichens, mosses and ferns. The Rainforest Canopy Terrarium landscape mimics the microhabitat of frogs living in a tree environment where only smaller water bodies occur, with no pond, stream or river in the immediate vicinity. This terrarium landscape utilizes a water dish (such as the Frog Pond)  for hydration and egg deposition. The Rainforest Canopy Terrarium habitat can best be replicated in vertically oriented terrariums.

The Rainforest Canopy Paludarium landscape replicates the upper layer of the equatorial rainforest with an abundance of branches covered with leaves and epiphytic plants like orchids, bromeliads, aroids (Pothos, Philodendron, Mostera, etc.), air plants (Tillandsia spp.), lichens, mosses and ferns. The Rainforest Canopy Paludarium landscape mimics the semi-aquatic habitat of frogs living in the tree environment of the riparian zone, with branches and leaves positioned over the water of a pond, stream or river. This terrarium landscape utilizes the bottom part of the terrarium partially as water body for hydration and egg deposition. The Rainforest Canopy Paludarium habitat can best be replicated in vertically oriented terrariums.

Author
Jesse Smets
Exo Terra Digital Manager
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