Reptil TV – Technik – Holzdeko für Terrarien

Reptil TV – Technik – Holzdeko für Terrarien


Hello ReptilTV community. Today we have another technical episode Although nothing here looks technical at all, and it isn’t. We’ll talk about the decoration and all the wooden items, which you can have in your terrarium. I want to show you the items that are widely available, what they are suitable for and what they are not suitable for. The first issue with decorative items like these is always hygiene. When I first started as a terrarium owner, nearly 30 years ago, I put things in the oven, rinsed them or steamed them with boiling water. I don’t think that is necessary. In the wild, no-one washes the areas where the snakes move about. Therefore, the risk that something is introduced tends towards zero, provided that the items have not already been used in a different terrarium It’s obvious, if I have a branch, which was in a different terrarium where there was a sick animal, then I would not put it into the new terrarium without treating it. The same thing goes for mites or parasites. If I had mites in the terrarium, then there would be a great amount of mite eggs and such like in there, so you cannot use it. But when these things have come straight from the wild or a shop, or if you have found them for yourself in the forest You don’t have to buy things in a shop or whatever. Go into the forest and find some nice branches, stones and other things. In my opinion you can rinse them quickly and then everything is fine, they can go into the terrarium. In my experience, there are no problems, I’ll vouch for that Now, let’s look at my tools one by one First of all, I have a vine. I like vines, because they are so gnarled and large, really great for a snake terrarium. Beware: In a humid terrarium a vine collects mildew and mould. Therefore, it is suitable only for a dry terrarium. If you have a desert terrarium or a corn snake terrarium then vines are super, they are nice and big. But not for pythons, boas, not where the air humidity is rather high, there I would not advise vines, since the knots collect mould. Mould is a good motto I’ll put this out of the way here. You can do a lot in a terrarium with cork. There are these cork tronchos There are cork branches, cork boughs, large and small; this is one of the larger ones. You can get them with more branches on them. The advantage with cork is that it does not attract mould at all. It is not by chance that we use corks in wine bottles and other bottles. Cork lasts. So, when I put it in a terrarium, I can leave it to my heirs. In 20 years’ time it will look almost the same. Therefore, it is suitable for humid terrariums. These tronchos are also wonderfully stable. So use them for large lizards, large iguanas, large monitors and large snakes. They are the absolute best, these cork tronchos I’ll stay with cork As well as the troncho, there is also hollow cork. On one hand, the animals can use it as a hiding place and then it is not as heavy as the tronchos This cork is stripped from cork oak trees or, as in this case, it is an old branch. In the middle, the cork has rotted away over time. On the outside, the cork bark won’t rot for decades, so this hollow cork remains. It is available in various diameters, this is a thin one. There are also larger ones, we have cork tubes with diameters of 30 to 40 cm for large animals That can also be used flat, i.e. for hiding places. So it is ideal for humid terrariums and for hiding places, for lizards as well. Something which also withstands humidity well is coconuts. When you buy them they have adhesive tape around them. This is something else that you cannot find in the forest I don’t know any woods near us, where there are coconuts, so you have to buy them. They are hollow; the nut has been removed And so I have here just these coconut fibres, A good supplier of moisture. I can keep them nice and moist and then I have a humid hiding place for my animals Coconuts themselves almost never develop mould or fungi, so I can keep them moist for years without it becoming mouldy or rotting. There I have a fine, moist hiding place for my animals. Now we come to things, which look attractive, but which are not as resistant to weathering or better, are half-way between vines and cork Here we have driftwood. Driftwood, as the name suggests, is wood, which has been washed ashore It comes from tropical countries and is exported. It is collected on the beach, so is not taken away from nature. A lovely thing The patterns from the water and the light colours are always attractive. This is also a small piece of driftwood. It looks really lovely, I really like it. It is also really big, so is an ideal climbing branch. However, it is not as robust and durable as the cork I talked about earlier or the mangrove roots I’ll show you in a minute. Of course, they are much better with humidity. Driftwood also floats, so if you want to put something in water, it floats on top. It you need something that sinks, then I must .. I’ll just take it out, if I can get hold of it Then I need to use mangrove wood. This is a really heavy wood and will survive in a terrarium for centuries. I think it is an art form in itself, there are really fantastic pieces. I know people who make decorations for their home from it and I can really understand why. I, too, really love wooden things like these. It is a heavy, massive wood , it doesn’t gather mould, doesn’t rot, can be kept in the terrarium for decades and is also used in aquaria, because it is so heavy, it even sinks It is also called mangrove roots Let us return to coconuts. Coconuts are used a lot in terrariums. This is also called papah wood. It looks a bit like a baseball bat. You can put it in purely for decoration and there you have this shape. It is simply the branches of the coconut palm; here they are still connected to the trunk. The branch is cut from the trunk here and cut short here. In Sri Lanka and other Asian countries it is almost a waste product. They used to burn them or throw them away, now you can use them for terrariums. This also comes from the coconut palm. These are coconut panicles. Here are the seeds in the individual stems As I said, there are usually seeds in them. There are also larger ones, and you can find longer examples of the papah wood. Actually, this is also a really attractive decoration for the terrarium but it is not suitable as a branch for climbing on, it is more for decoration. Let’s leave coconuts aside, but stay with Asian countries. These are lianas. They are also called monkey ladders, because they resemble ladders for climbing up. They are 2-3 metres long, or you buy them by the metre. They are especially suitable for large terrariums. If I want to put something straight across the terrarium at a point where I want to add other things such as decorative plastic plants I can put this across the terrarium and attach other decorations. Again, there is no problem with resistance. It doesn’t gather mould or fungi, I can clean it and it lasts for years. Now we have something small, called spider wood. They are usually used as small decorative items, this is the standard size, better suited to smaller terrariums or spider terrariums. It has twigs, but no long climbing branches or such like And so it is more for putting in small terrariums or as something attractive to catch the eye in larger ones or to some extent as somewhere to hide. This is also really durable and so it is also suitable for humid terrariums. I’ll keep it in my hand, because I have been talking about wood all the time. If you decorate your terrarium with wood, it is a good tip always to add something green because where everything is wood, it looks sad and brown So add a little green, whether you choose plastic plants or real plants. Brighten it up with green to make it more attractive. Then you have a really brilliantly equipped terrarium. On one hand, everything the animals need is there; they can hide and climb. They should feel at home there and use it to slough their skin, but the terrarium is often also something eye-catching in the home and if I equip it with lovely wood like this, it will look really great and is a decorative feature in the home. There are all these different decorative materials, which you can use to give your imagination free rein

25 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Macht bitte eine Folge wo ihr ein KunstoffTank für ne Boa oder auch irgend eine andere Schlange einrichtet bitte bitte .😀😀😀😀😀😀🙄

  2. verkauft M&S Reptilien auch Königsphytons die Frostfutter fressen, weil würde mir am August eine zulegen wollen und sie am liebsten von dort laufen

  3. Macht bitte bitte eine Basic Folge wo ihr über grüne wie roteleguane redet oder über Wasseragame. 😂😃😃😃☺☺🤔

  4. Es ist zwar so, dass es aus der Natur kommt wie das Reptil auch. Da jedoch in Gefangenschaft geborene Reptilien gar nicht so ein gutes Abwehrsystem haben oder brauchen ist das auch etwas anderes. Außerdem kommen die meisten Reptilien aus anderen Regionen wo andere Parasiten oder ähnliches sind.

  5. mal eine Frage,kann man Schlangen auch in hohen Terrarien halten ?wenn ja wüsste ich gerne eine Art die zum Beispiel klettert

  6. da haste recht i hab mir in 35 jahren nichts über deko eingeschleppt. und was aus der natur mitkommt ist keine belastung wenn der ast nicht grad sichtlich überschwämmt ist von tierchen

  7. Dazu kann ich was sagen. Ich habe früher immer Holz aus dem Wald geholt. Bitte macht das nicht gleich ins Terrarium rein. Ich habe mir so immer wieder Millionen von Blutmilben reingeholt die meine ganzen Terrarien eingenommen habt. Blutmilben die man nicht mehr weg bekommt. Nicht mal mehr mit Chemie. Wenn Ihr Holz aus dem Wald holt muss das mindestens 1 Jahr oder länger  in einem trockenen Keller raum liegen. Erst wenn für diese Milben etz. und für anderes Ungeziefer länger nix mehr da ist. Weils im Keller liegt. Dann sterben diese Milben und anderes Getier ab. Gebt ihr das gleich vom Wald ins Terra. Wo es 32 Grad hat Tanzt das Ungeziefer Walzer und vermehrt sich wie die Pest und schadet euren Tieren. Ich sag immer so. Kauft euch das Holz bitte beim Fachhändler. Und das Holz was ihr im Wald sammelt richtet euch als “Ersatzteillager´´ her. Ich mach das auch so. Ich habe Holz im Keller liegen. 1 oder 2 Jahre. Als Ersatzteile wenn ich das Terra mal umgestalte. Und nach so viel vergangener Zeit ist da auch sicher nix mehr drinnen. Auch wenn es optisch sauber ist. Ihr könnt in die Poren vom Holz nicht rein schauen. Da sind Millionen Milben, Ameisen und was weiß der Geier noch alles drinnen. Tipp 2: Wenn ihr denkt das ihr im Winter Holz sammelt und da nix sein kann weil die Milben im Winter ja nicht überleben danndenkt ihr vollkommen falsch. Die Milben und anderes Getier machen im Holz einen Winterschlaf. Gebt ihr es vom Winterwald ins Terrarium so ist es für die Mistviecher Frühling und vermehren sich ebenso. Also bitte nicht gleich ins Terra geben, egal zu welcher Jahreszeit!!!1-2 Jahre Liegen lassen. IM KELLER (Trocken) Bitte nicht im Garten oder Holzschuppen wo diese Tiere ebenso leben. Und sich einnisten.

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