ReptiFiles’ Favorite Products

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  • Maximum Reptile — Beautifully constructed, front-opening PVC enclosures with a lifetime guarantee. Suitable for both snakes and lizards.
  • Custom Reptile Habitats— Zoo-quality, gorgeous enclosure décor kits, reptile-safe artificial plants, creative ornaments and more. They practically do the work for you!
  • Universal Rocks — Beautifully naturalistic foam backgrounds and enclosure decor. If you hate building your own enclosure decor but still want a gorgeous enclosure, these are the people for you!
  • Zen Habitats — Low cost and so easy to put together, a small child could probably do it. Be aware that their production runs in batches rather than ready-to-ship-as-soon-as-you-check-out, so order at least a month in advance of when you will need the enclosure.


  • The BioDude — Bioactive-ready substrate mixtures that don’t even need a drainage layer. The BioDude offers 4 different mixtures customized for different climates. You can buy it in 6 quart bags for smaller enclosures or larger 36 quart bags for larger enclosures.
  • Bioactive Herps — UK-based manufacturer of bioactive-ready substrate mixtures. Bioactive Herps also offers 4 different mixtures to cater to the 4 primary climate types for reptiles in captivity. Each bag is 10 liters. Does not ship to the US.
  • Lugarti Natural Reptile Bedding — Impaction-resistant tropical substrate. Excellent for small and/or arboreal tropical species like geckos and ball pythons.


  • Arcadia T5 HO fluorescent tubes — Widely considered to be the best on the market. Lasts 12 months. A little rare in the US and Canada, but readily available in the UK.
  • Zoo Med ReptiSun 10.0 T5 HO UVB fluorescent tubes — Also available in 2.0 and 5.0 strength. Affordable and good quality. Lasts 12 months.
  • Solarmeter Model 6.5 —Determines how much UVB your reptile is getting, and exactly when the bulb needs to be replaced. A must-have tool for any serious reptile keeper.

Heating & Temperature Regulation


  • Zoo Med Repti Basking Spot — produces UVA as well as heat to encourage basking
  • Exo Terra Intense Basking Spot — produces UVA, comes with handy chart to determine appropriate basking distance
  • Arcadia Deep Heat Projector — better alternative to ceramic heat emitters
  • Uniheat Shipping Warmers — reliable emergency heat source that doesn’t get too hot

Temperature Regulation

Humidity Regulation