Large enough enclosure
to allow for some physical activity.
Source of broad
Source of heat, usually
more than one. UVB heat lamp combo and under tank heat
tape. A ceramic heater for P.M. if needed. NO HOT
that is easily cleaned and disinfected such as "Lizard
Liner". Do not use any type of particulate matter such as
wood chips, gravel, sand, or bark.
Temperature zones (hot,
medium, cool) so reptile can self regulate its body temperature.
Find out what normal temperatures (high and low) are for your
species. Have at least two thermometers, one at each end to
Basking area - A stone
or branch under the UVB/heat lamp "hot side".
Good air circulation
Proper humidity for your
species - have a hydrometer in the tank.
Proper diet and vitamin
Clean water source
Hide box - So reptile
can de-stress, digest, and feel secure.
Tank accessories -
rocks, logs, foliage (real or plastic), so reptile can exhibit natural
behaviors - try to emulate its natural environment. May replace
Light cycle - 10 to 12
hours of UVB on then, 10 to 12 hours off depending on the season.