FORM VS. FUNCTION
When it comes to functional products such as substrate, lighting
and heating elements, a natural appearance is crucial. Fortunately,
consumers don’t usually have to choose between form and function,
according to manufacturers.
“The vast majority of hobbyists strive to achieve the most natural
look possible with their herp’s habitat,” said Michael Acerra, digital
marketing manager for Penn-Plax in Hauppauge, N. Y. “Necessities like
lighting and heating can undermine that look if those elements don’t
blend seamlessly with the rest of the habitat’s décor.”
According to Ashley Rademacher, animal care and education
coordinator for Zoo Med Laboratories Inc. in San Luis Obispo,
Calif., there’s usually no need to choose functionality over
appearance in this category. With many of the terrarium lighting
and substrate choices available, the beauty of a habitat does not
need to be compromised in order to provide functionality.
“Naturalistic and bioactive terrariums are becoming very popular,
and for good reason,” she said. “They can be beautiful works of art in
your home providing ideal habitats for pets and a peaceful window
for keepers into a different, natural world.”
The appearance of functional products in the terrarium
is very important, agreed Ryan McVeigh, marketing brand
manager for Zilla, a brand of Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Central
Garden & Pet Co.
“Traditionally, large deep black or silver domes are used to heat
lights, but they aren’t very visually appealing,” he said. “We are
finding people migrating to Zilla’s lighting not only for the efficiency,
but also the ability we have to create very-low-profile dual-purpose
fixtures. By reducing the height, the fixtures can blend with the tank
more and help to focus the attention on the animal and the habitat,
and not on the pile of lights above the terrarium.”
INNOVATION FOR BETTER CARE, NATURAL HABITAT
Several new products have been released that are designed to help herpkeepers
take better care of their pets.
Zoo Med Laboratories Inc. in San Luis Obispo, Calif., recently released the
PowerSun High Intensity Discharge Metal Halide UVB Lamp and Fixture, which
emits UVA, UVB and heat, all from one lamp, said Ashley Rademacher, animal care
and education coordinator.
“This High Output UVB lamp is perfect for large habitats,” Rademacher said.
“The lamp construction creates a true flood-lamp effect, eliminating dangerous
UV hotspots common to other metal halide reptile lamps.”
Zoo Med also recently introduced new substrate for reptiles.
“Zoo Med’s new ReptiSoil is perfect for creating tropical habitats and
supports growth in terrarium plants such as ferns, bromeliads, miniature orchids,
succulents and carnivorous plants,” Rademacher said. “This substrate is a special
blend of peat moss, sand, soil and carbon. Together, these components create a
perfect substrate for retaining humidity, burrowing, nesting and egg laying. The
added carbon helps to aerate the soil and improve drainage to create a perfect
Exo Terra has used data collected during global research expeditions to
develop new products in the substrate, and heating and lighting categories, said
Steve Sotelo, Exo Terra division manager and reptile specialist for Rolf C. Hagen
(USA) Corp. in Mansfield, Mass.
“After years of engineering, we were finally able to launch a self-ballasted
mercury vapor all-in-one UVB bulb under 100W,” he said. “The 80W Solar Glo
has quickly turned into one of our bestselling SKUs in a short span of a
few months. The public has requested—and to a certain degree, needed—
a lower-wattage alternative for smaller enclosures and a wider variety
Exo Terra also recently relaunched and rebranded its bedding line.
“We now use a variety of barks sourced in Europe, and every single type is
thoroughly sifted and heat treated for herp health,” Sotelo said.
January 2017 Pet Product News International
ZOO-MAX EXOTIC presents its
Coco-Curly bird toy. The toy is made of
coconut shell, wicker, wood parts and
cotton rope. Birds will have fun chewing
on the twisted coco leafs. The toy measures 29 in. by 9 in. zoo-max.com
Birds naturally clean themselves, but a shallow bath can
help keep indoor birds in tiptop shape. Owners of small birds
usually find it convenient for their birds to bathe in-cage.
The Featherland Jungle Bird Bath from CAITEC is perfect
for this, with its short, wide base that provides comfort and
stability for a variety of birds. It fits any cage and is made out
of durable plastic. It includes a mirror for extra fun. caitec.com
JUNGLE BOB ENTERPRISES
offers Corner Water Bowls.
The bowls feature steps
inside so feeders can crawl
out. They are corner shaped
to fit efficiently into a tank
without occupying too much
of an animal’s living space.
The bowl is available in two sizes and in stone and wood