Our habitat set has been designed by us using all our extensive product knowledge and experience to provide your leopard gecko with the best living space available – and all at a very reasonable price. Plenty of space, a good temperature gradient and access to low levels of UVB for optimum health means your gecko will be happy, healthy and live a long and comfortable life!
The wooden vivarium that forms the basis of this setup is large enough for a single gecko to enjoy life to the full, as it provides enough space for multiple hides, areas to climb and enough decor to keep life interesting for them. Despite being a ground living gecko, they do appear to enjoy being able to explore multiple levels within their home, and with this size of housing it’s simple to provide a range of sizes, textures and temperatures.
An incandescent basking bulb provides a basking spot of 30 to 35°C during the day, allowing your gecko to regulate its temperature and digest its food efficiently. This bulb will also heat the air in the vivarium, providing the temperature gradient so vital for all reptile species. The wattage provided shouldn’t overheat the vivarium when used correctly, although a separate dimming thermostat can be added if required.
Safety with heat lamps is paramount, and the lamp holder in this setup is a solid, reliable unit that will give you years of trouble free service. The ceramic holder itself is heat resistant and rated for up to 200 watts, with the E27 screw fitting ensuring compatibility with a wide range of commonly available vivarium heat lamps. It also features a unique 180 degree rotating bracket which allows ultimate flexibility, and precision aiming of your bulb in order to create a basking hotspot anywhere you would want to put it. It also has an in line on/off switch, and a heat resistant cable. Two of these units are supplied, one for the basking bulb and one for the UVB light.
Leopard geckos are crepuscular, which means that although they don’t need the high UVB levels of day active lizards they do benefit from access to low levels of UV light. The compact UV bulb in this setup are effective at providing the levels of UV to create a Ferguson Zone of 1, perfect for the dawn and dusk active leopard gecko. The rotating holder is especially useful for this bulb, as it can hold the bulb horizontally to ensure maximum coverage within the vivarium.
Night time heating is achieved with the use of a heat mat affixed to the side of the vivarium. The mats have a self adhesive backing, which enables them to be securely fixed inside the vivarium without any risk to the gecko itself, or allowing the mat to overheat which can happen if they are buried below the substrate.
The thermostat included with this habitat kit is a basic on/off model, with LED lights as power and heating indicators. All reptiles benefit from a temperature drop at night, and this unit makes sure that the temperature never dips below the set levels. Using this thermostat makes sure that, even if your basking light fails, the temperature in the vivarium will never drop below nighttime levels; it also ensures that there is no power wasted by running a heat mat when it isn’t necessary.
One of the most important items of equipment in all of reptile keeping is the digital thermometer! The thermometer that we include with this habitat is reliable, robust and with two probes it’s possible to monitor both the cool and warm ends of the vivarium at the same time. We have been using these units for years now, both in store and personally – and we think that they are just right for keeping track of the temperatures in your pets’ enclosure.
Should you require a stand for your new vivarium, this particular item is designed to form a complete unit with the Viva+ vivariums. It attaches directly to the bottom of the vivarium, forming a sturdy support along the whole length of the base. Looks wise, it completes the setup into a solid, attractive piece of furniture that complement any living space, as well as providing storage space for the items that you need to keep your gecko happy and healthy.