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Screen reptile habitat cage ideal for realistic environmentsVertical space great for climbing and tree-dwelling petsStrong, escape-resistant black mesh screenFresh air screen habitat made with sturdy, long-lasting aluminumBase is made with durable, water-resistant PVCCord access port allows use of power cords and tubingEasy to assemble
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would this be good for a bearded dragon?

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No. They need floor space, both length and width so they can have some turn-around room and though you CAN house 2 females together, it's best that you don't as despite their appearance in stores and that they seem to attach to their owners, mine tend to be quite hostile with each other (if using a tank, a 40G breeder seems better, in my experience, than a 50G standard). So, unless you're doing a breeding project as I am, 1 beardie is plenty. Also, the tank needs a gradient of 90's on hot side and about 80 on the cool side (farenheit), with uvb and a hot spot (the surface of the physical spot they bask on) of about 100, whether baby, juvenile or adult. Care is the same throughout, except as both of mine have gotten older, they seem more interested in greens than meat. And also, don't think the 20 crickets a day this site's ad says is enough - they eat like pubescent teenagers as babies and that 20 crickets is per feeding, 3 times a day, dusted every other day (meaning all meals on dust days are dusted and all meals on bare days are not). I had switched to hatchling dubia roaches after trying to begin a cricket colony in the beginning; they stink and make a lot of noise, and those roaches just die if any DO get out, which is next to impossible if the bin is set up right (all of 20 bucks for a proper bin setup for bulk food holding), and the roaches have higher meat content so they actually eat less, and though not as fast as crickets they do give the beardies some exercise for the chase. I use calcium and vitamin d3 supplments for dusting. Best bet for a proper cage is to actually build one; I have 2 beardies, and both are active as sam hill now that I upgraded from the 40G breeders to the ones I built at 4'x4' each (used plywood and 2x2's and triple-polyurethaned the inside with all attachment hardware on the outside to avoid potential injuries, and a double-wood-edged screen top). Note that "active" is relative; they do get up and move more, but still spend much of their day basking on their spots. They also do need the air flow that this cage represented offers; just drill holes in the sides once the one I'm describing is built. 10G tanks are fine as babies, though I upgraded to 20G tanks in 2 months then the 40G's after about a total of 5 months; I think had I known the growth rate, I would have bought the 20G's off the start and used only 1 tank in the beginning, split in half by a divider and having the 2nd tank ready for the upgrade to intermediate housing followed by going straight to the custom-built tanks, then I would have needed only 1 UVB fixture and only 2 basking lights while they were hatchlings (much cheaper), with something for them to climb to the elevated hot spots (note a 20G is taller so the heat is harder to penetrate to the spot) since they both love to climb small distances. Both seem to like being close to the floor in these new tanks I built and have gotten accustomed rather quickly to people being larger than them as well, as we walk past the ranges frequently daily, but they also have been frequently handled throughout their lives so that might be a factor in their comfort levels. Lots of info, but really a simple setup once its done. Hope this helped.
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Nope.

Beardies need horizontal space, not vertical space.

You need a glass 40 - 50 gallon tank for a beardie.
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No, this tank has a lot of vertical space. Beardies need horizontal space. Furthermore, beardies need a hot and cool side, something this tank can't give. A full grown beardie would not be able to move in this.

You need a 40 - 50 gallon glass tank.
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Are the sides and back on the large zilla fresh air cage pvc or mesh?

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Metal mesh.
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The bottom is solid pvc and all the other sides are mesh.
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Thank you for your question Courtreb. The bottom of the Zilla Fresh Air Screen Habitat is PVC but the rest is screen.
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Would this be good enough for a gecko?

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Depends on the type of gecko. It would work for arboreal geckos like crested and gargoyle geckos, not terrestrial ones like leopard geckos and african fat-tailed geckos.

However, keep in mind that the screen DOES NOT hold humidity well. Any species with high humidity requirements may have trouble and you may have to mist their cage several times per day instead of just once.

Another thing to keep in mind - climbing species will sometimes defecate while they are climbing - meaning the feces and urates may exit the cage, or stick to the screen and make cleaning a pain.

All in all, a glass cage is a better bet for geckos.
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What type of gecko? This should be made for reptiles that live in tropical habitats and can climb. Crested Gecko a maybe. It isn't very good for leopard gecko's.For house gecko it's a yes you should do a little research to see what info you can find on the gecko hope this helped you
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What size cage should I get for my veiled chameleon? The medium or large sized cage?

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A medium enclosure would be fine for a juvenile or young. But, a full-grown male would enjoy the large one, much more! And remember; most all adult chamies always want to be alone - they don't want to even see another one. All chamies are stressed by others (except for mating)! And, human contact, too!
Consider them to be like beautiful, exotic fish. Don't handle them unless you need to. Just enjoy caring for and looking at them. Every time I walk past mine I auto automatically grin! They are just so cute!
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This depends on the size of your chameleon now. If it's a baby up to about 6 months, you want something small enough he can hunt easily. If he's over 6 months, he will need a large cage - usually the larger the better for an adult. Anytime you start with baby chameleons you need to start them in a small cage and move them up when they're 6-9 months old to a bigger cage. Also, all screen cages are better habitats than aquarium or glass cages for panther and veiled chameleons, so you're on the right track. Hope this helps!
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Is this cage appropriate for a bearded dragon?

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I would say no. Lighting and heat are very important - as is the right bedding. I would go with a glass terrarium.
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Thank you for your question chrissieee. An open-air habitat would not be suitable for a bearded dragon. Since they are mostly made of screen a Bearded Dragon would shred it in a short period of time, as they like to climb. Glass enclosures with screen covers work best for Bearded Dragons.
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is this cage ok for snakes

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No experience here. But, depending on the species size expectations - I would say yes. Talk to on line group folks who have ones of the type you are going to house, first.
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I wouldn't consider this an optimum cage for snakes, although it might depend on the type. With a liner and sand, you can probably be safe with sand boas. Anything fast or very strong (pythons, corn snakes, etc) are going to either strain the catches and get out, or just whip out when you open the door to feed.

If you have big snakes, consider looking up plans for a front-opening cage that will show them off, is easy to build, and gives you complete access and control. Our 2 ball pythons would be out of this cage in less than 20 minutes.

Hope that helps!
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can i put a Chinese water dragon in this

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I would go with a glass terrarium - with proper lighting, heat, humidity and substrate.
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yes, this product works very well to create a climbing piece, and add a jungle affect! it also works great for a basking spot
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What is the ideal habitat for a chameleon?

Cage type height and decoration
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Chamies are wonderful 'exotic' pets. As a group and as individual species - they have exotic requirements. Know the needs of the chameleon species you would like first - Do lots of reading and talk to on line group members who have the kind you'd like. They are very sensitive and have already short (2-5 yrs.), lives. They are a true commitment of love.
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Thank you for your question Paco420. There are many different types of chameleons and their ideal habitat varies almost as much as they do. While there are some (few) general guidelines for all chameleons, the best advice is to consult with the breeder or store where you are getting your chameleon from.
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is the back made of glass

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No glass. Solid PVC bottom and mesh sides.
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Thank you for your question benjamin11111. The bottom of the Zilla Fresh Air Screen Habitat is PVC but the rest is screen.
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Is it possible to cut a large hole into the bottom of the product?

I am planning on attaching it to the top of the screen mesh of my glass aquarium.
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Cutting a hole in the bottom would depend on the tools you have available. It is an approx. 1/8th " plastic panel. A hole saw on an electric drill could work.
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You wouldn't need to cut it at all. The pvc bottom is attached with bolts that you can pry out. You wouldn't be able to replace it easily though.
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Is this cage cat-proof?

Is that mesh a solid metal or is it a flimsy fiberglass window mesh? I own a cat that would want to eat my reptile...
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It's flimsy and certain small areas came a bit dented. A predator kitty would get in there if given the time!
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A determined cat can go through it, even though it's metal. I install misters in them, and it's not very hard to open a hole big enough for the hose to go through. A cat's claws or teeth would be more than enough to cause issues.

Unfortunately, if your cat is a real problem, you would have to consider sitting a cage like this one in side something the cat can't destroy (maybe a heavier metal screen or bar enclosure). At that rate, you'd be better off, money wise, just making something really sturdy the cat can't get into.

I also suggest a spray bottle to discourage the cat. Mine doesn't touch any of our small animals, although he watches them frequently. A quick spray in the face every time he touches the cage will probably convince him he doesn't really want it that badly.

Good luck!
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forgolden geckos who can escape anytime there is a chance, would this be ok for when you open it for feeding?

How wide do the door(s) open!?
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Thank you for your question Shawnrae. There are two front doors on these enclosures and they both open up to expose the width of each door or the full width of the entire cage. You would have to be careful when opening up the cage so it doesn’t escape.
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how many gallons is the zilla fresh air screen habitat (large version)?

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Thank you for your question jgibby98. The large version of the Zilla Fresh Air Screen Habitat is 70 gallons.
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how many gallons is the large version of this product??

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Thank you for your question joliprice. The large version of this Fresh Air Screen Habitat works out to be 70 gallons.
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What is the black mesh screening on the Zilla reptile cages made of? Is it aluminum?

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Thank you for your question bats. Yes, they are made of aluminum screening.
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What cage would be good for my three foot water dragon? I want something where I can put water in the cage plus climbing room a lot of it

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Thank you for your question Twisted666. As you mention, Water Dragons require very large setups in order to provide adequately for them and keep them from banging up their nose. The only standard aquarium size that would actually be suitable for an adult Water Dragon would be a 210 gallon regular aquarium, but with this aquarium you would have to fabricate a screen top for it. There are also other companies that make large/tall reptile enclosures that would be more suitable, you would just need to make sure that it is much larger than the large version of this Fresh Air habitat (18" L X 30" W X 30" H) and you would also need an environment that could hold a large amount of water for soaking/swimming.
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do they sell these in stores? cuz im more comfortable getting it in stores so i can really see what it looks like.

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I doubt it (large box) - may depend on the store.
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