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“Herpy” Holidays: Exo Terra’s Habitat Kits Make Great Gifts for Beginning Herpetoculturists and Entomologists

December 14, 2009

MANSFIELD, Mass. Getting a gecko for Christmas?  Or maybe a Helmeted Chameleon for Chanukah?  If a new lizard, frog or insect is on a your holiday wish list take heart – Exo Terra’s Habitat Kits have taken the guesswork out of setting up a terrarium by including everything needed to give an exotic pet – and a terrarium hobbyist – a great start, right out of the box. 

Exo Terra’s Habitat Kits are contemporary, attractive environments designed in consultation with herpetologists and entomologists worldwide to provide reptiles, amphibians and insects with surroundings as close to their natural habitats as possible.  These kits are not toys, but the result of extensive research, including field studies and observations in captivity, that has contributed to the development of each product in the Habitat Kits.

The foundation of each Habitat Kit is Exo Terra’s Glass Terrarium, a European-designed, vertically-oriented terrarium with front-opening, ventilated doors that set it apart from others on the market.  The doors allow easy access for feeding and maintenance, and the full screen top permits UVB rays from the compact fluorescent lighting system to reach all areas of the enclosure while preventing escapes.

Available in three environments and two sizes, the Habitat Kits can accommodate most small amphibians and snakes, small to medium lizards and geckos, and medium to large insects:

  • The Rainforest Habitat Kit and Mayan Rainforest Habitat Kit are designed for reptiles and amphibians found in rainforests and wetlands, such as Brown Anoles, Gold Dust Day Geckos, Texas Rose-Bellied Lizards, Green Tree Frogs and Blue-Tailed Skinks.  The Rainforest Habitat Kit has a natural-looking rock background, whereas the Mayan Rainforest Habitat Kit has a unique Mayan-inspired sculpture-like background.  Both styles have jungle vines and jungle plants to make rainforest-dwellers feel right at home.
  • The Desert Habitat Kit is for reptiles that make their homes in the desert and dry, arid areas, like Dune Geckos, Madagascar Iguanas, Dwarf Shield-Tailed Agamas and Leopard Geckos.  With its sandy substrate, natural-looking Rock Outcrop, Hiding Cave and cacti, desert lovers will be content and cozy.
  • The Invertebrate Habitat kit is designed for most types of insects and arachnids, such as Tarantulas, Scorpions, Praying Mantises and Stick Insects.  Jungle plants and a Reptile Cave provide plenty of surface to climb on and in for invertebrates.

 All Habitat Kits come with a full glass terrarium, natural-looking rock terrarium background, compact top lighting system, substrate, feeding dishes, and decoration items appropriate to the habitat, plus an instruction manual for the installation process, decorating and maintenance of the habitat.  Because the many species of amphibians, reptiles and insects have different lighting requirements, a compact fluorescent bulb is not included.  Exo Terra recommends its Repti Glo bulbs, which come in three types, for nocturnal, tropical and desert amphibians, reptiles and insects.  More information on Repti Glo bulbs can be found at

The Rainforest Habitat Kit and the Desert Habitat Kit come in two sizes – small, 12” x 12” x 18” (30 x 30 x 30 cm) and medium, 18” x 18” x 24” (45 x 45 x 60 cm); the Mayan Rainforest Habitat Kit comes in one size, 18” x 18” x 24” (45 x 45 x 60 cm), as does the Invertebrate Habitat Kit, 12” x 12” x 18” (30 x 30 x 30 cm).  MSRP begins at approximately $120.00.

For more information visit, or contact the Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp. at 1-800-225-2700.


Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Founded in 1955, Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of pet products, pet food and pet supplies with facilities located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.


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