“There are many different appeals of paludariums for different kinds of
keepers. Some like the idea of being able to house multiple types of animals
within the same space. Others want to provide different spaces for marginal
animals that may make use of arboreal, terrestrial and aquatic parts of the
habitat. Still more rise to the occasion of creating truly natural habitats that
involve the unique habitat that exists where land meets water.”—ASHLEY
RADEMACHER, animal care and education director for Zoo Med Laboratories
in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
What’s trending in the terrarium and paludarium category?
“Today they want ‘natural,’ which is looked at in many ways.
When it comes to reptiles and amphibians, the term is usually
used to talk about creating a habitat that uses living plants,
microfauna, and mimics their native habitat as closely as pos-
sible. Zilla always tries to help create products that blend into
an environment and look like they are part of the habitat, not
just there for function.”—RYANMCVEIGH, brandmanagerfor
Zilla, a brand of Franklin, Wis.-based Central Garden & Pet
“Grab-and-go sets are very success-
ful in this segment; pre-made sets or
kits help take the guesswork out of
choosing what consumers need. These
sets allow retailers the opportunity to
display working product in a way that
not only helps sell accessories, but
also livestock.”—DAMIANHALL, se-
nior marketing manager for the Hagen
Group in Mansfield, Mass.
PENN PLAX’S Bird Life e-Cuttlebone Perch is an all-natural perch
made of cuttlebone and enriched
with omega- 3 and vitamin B1. Its
nutritious ingredients provide
a digestible source of calcium
and minerals, helping to support
PREVUE PET PRODUCTS offers the Whisper Quiet Wheel, a small-pet exercise
wheel with whisper-quiet ball-bearing action, ensuring no squeaks or rattles. It is
available in three sizes—for mice and gerbils, up to hedgehogs and guinea pigs.
It can be used with the stand or removed from the stand and fastened to the cage
wire. It disassembles easily for cleaning. prevuepet.com
ZOO MED LABORATORIES presents the
Chicken Banquet Mineral Block. Di-
etary calcium is necessary for chickens
to ensure strong eggshells and bones,
the company states. The mineral block
is loaded with this essential calcium
mixed with dried mealworms, organic
grains and seed (corn, wheat, milo), and
in-the-shell sunflower seeds. Not only
does this gourmet treat lead to strong
and healthy eggshells, but it also engag-
es chickens by allowing natural pecking
behavior and providing enrichment. As a bonus, if a flock has aggression issues,
owners can place the mineral block in the coop as it can help reduce hostility
amongst flock members.
Clean & Cozy Bed-
ding from CENTRAL
GARDEN & PET
guarantees 14 days
of neutralized odor.
It is 99.9 percent
dust free, and it is
two times more ab-
sorbent than wood
to the company.
PENN PLAX’S Small Animal Life Sky
Bed offers a hammock in the sky.
This dual-layer resting place is ideal
for ferrets, chinchillas and other
small mammals. The top layer offers
a bird’s eye view to their surroundings, while the inside layer offers a
great place to snuggle up and hide