Wood enclosures

Light/heat placement
Heat retention
Ventilation
Humidity
Drainage
Cleaning
Stress Factors
Additional Comments









Light/heat placement - Easy

Strip lights and basking lights easily attached.

Not so good for use with Mercury Vapour bulbs as most enclosures tend to be too small. The exceptions would be the Chameleon range of vivariums with mesh tops where the light and heat bulb is suspended over the top. These have the same drawbacks as the aluminium mesh enclosures.


Maintains heat - Good

Good insulator and ideal for use in colder rooms.

Producing a Thermal Gradient is more difficult in a wooden vivarium because of the woods insulating properties. Additional ventilation or a mesh door would be needed.


Ventilation - Variable

We prefer mesh fronted wood vivariums with additional ventilation by the basking spot to encourage air exchange. Traditional horizontal vivariums can be used for smaller species if one sliding glass door is replaced by a mesh door and a vent is added near the basking spot which should be on the glass door side.
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Maintains humidity - Variable

Again depends on ventilation. Mesh front reduces humidity but still allows respectable levels. All glass front vivariums usually retain too much humidity and have little ventilation..


Adding Drainage - Easy

Easy to add but use of large amounts of water in any wooden vivarium will eventually start to rot it..


Cleaning - Ok

Can be difficult to clean where the wood joins unless very well sealed.


Stress Factors

Available in dark colours which reduces stress. Heavily planted mahogany coloured vivariums with mesh fronts can be good to acclimatise wild caught chameleons.


Additional Comments

Problem with wood rotting. Most designs have to be adjusted to be suitable for chameleons.

These types of vivarium can not be moved outside in nice weather so the chameleon will undergo a degree of stress when moved outside to a new enclosure.


Plastic Mesh - such as Reptarium

Aluminium Mesh - black flyscreen such as the Terry Thatcher range

Plastic - vision vivariums or purpose built

Glass

Freerange

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