Decorating your gargoyle gecko’s terrarium is more than just a means to waste your money and/or make your gecko’s space look prettier. While accessories can serve an aesthetic function, they also enhance a reptile’s quality of life by mimicking their natural environment and providing mental stimulation. The best zoos do this all the time — it’s called environmental enrichment. A common misconception is that reptiles are stupid creatures that don’t need “toys” or decorations beyond their keeper’s fancy, so modern reptile husbandry experts are working to disprove this. Read more in this article: Environmental Enrichment For Reptiles: What? Why? and How…?
Gargoyle geckos are a semi-tropical species, which means that their terrariums can be especially fun to design! As you select and arrange gargoyle gecko accessories, however, keep in mind that each item should meet at least 1 of 3 basic requirements:
- Hiding places
- Jumping/climbing opportunities
- Water accumulation
The best decorations perform 2 or more of these functions — but fortunately they’re not hard to find. Here are some ideas!
- Vines (here’s a great tutorial for making your own)
- Live plants (learn which ones are safe here)
- Artificial plants/flowers
- Cork bark/tubes
- PVC pipes
- Small birdhouses
- Bamboo (free from paint or dyes)
- Food dish platform
Setting up your gargoyle gecko’s new home is a great opportunity to get creative, but if you find yourself stumped, visit ReptiFiles’ Terrarium Goals board on Pinterest and look around. Just remember: everything in the terrarium will eventually need to be cleaned! 😉