Reptile-Safe Plants for Enclosures: Adding Greenery to Your Pet’s Home

For your pet reptiles, one of the nicest things you can do is build a naturalistic planted vivarium. Who wouldn’t want to be encircled by verdant, lush vegetation? However, the choosing of plants might get a little more challenging depending on how hungry your pets are. You must select non-toxic plants in case one of them decides to take an inquisitive bite. A list of safe plants for your reptile enclosure may be found here.

  • Ferns

Ferns are the only plant that can produce an incredibly humid atmosphere in a reptile habitat. They are easy to grow and maintain, and they do well in low light. Because of their size, ferns like staghorn are excellent display plants. You have the Boston fern and the bird nest fern in addition to the staghorn fern. Both grow easily and need mild light. Their broad leaves shield little animals from the elements. 

  • Aloe Vera

If you intend to keep a bearded dragon, you will need a desert-like vivarium. Aloe vera is one of the greatest non-toxic reptile plants for hot temperatures. As a succulent plant, it is evergreen and thrives in tropical and desert environments.

  • Bromeliads

Bromeliads are another safe plant that thrives in a humid atmosphere. The Neoregelia genus is the most prevalent. They bloom and thrive like real epiphytes when planted on a stick or in the ground. They may be planted in moss or soil because they are small and versatile

  • Orchids

Orchids give your vivarium a unique touch. Since they are epiphytes, they detest having moist roots. However, they do have lovely foliage and grow in relatively little light. Macodes petola and Ludisia discolor are two excellent orchids to take into consideration because of their exquisite foliage. Pink rock orchids are another option; they produce a lot of pinkish-purple blossoms.

  • Echeveria

Echeveria is another succulent plant that is ideal for your vivarium that resembles a desert. This plant, which has fleshy leaves with an outer layer of waxy cuticle, is native to semi-desert regions. Their vividly colored leaves are evergreen and grow on short stalks, making them a stunning sight.

  • Abelia

Abelia is a member of the honeysuckle family of plants and is not poisonous. Because of the delicate, pleasant aroma these plants emit, lizards, particularly green anoles and geckos, like them. They are also very easy to maintain and provide excellent hiding spots for tiny reptiles.

  • Lemon balm

Belonging to the mint family, lemon balm is an excellent plant that many reptiles may consume. Your reptile can benefit from a fresh supply of vitamins and a pleasant fragrance from lemon balm. You may chop the stems and leaves for feeding, or you can put the entire pot within the cage for your reptile.

  • String of pearls

A kind of succulent known as “string of pearls” features green leaves fashioned like pearls on string-like stalks. It may grow in arid conditions as well as warm, humid ones. Reptiles may safely consume string of pearls, despite people and the majority of domestic pets not being able to.

  • Lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo’s tall bamboo stems that grow vertical leaves make it the ideal plant to provide your reptiles with robust branches to climb on. They grow well in shallow water with stones, which makes them ideal for semi-aquatic reptile cages.

Are you thinking about adding a reptile to your household? Make an appointment at Allan’s Pet Center to select a lively, healthy pet and to receive professional assistance.

 

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