To make a green anole habitat, attach a heater and an ultraviolet lamp to a 10-gallon glass terrarium, then place a thick layer of substrate on the habitat floor, and decorate it according to your taste. The required supplies for this 45-minute project are a 10-gallon terrarium, a terrarium thermometer, a compact fluorescent reptile habitat lamp, an under-tank heater, sturdy plants, a basking spot lamp, a waterfall and a small reptile shelter.
- Attach the heater and lamps
Attach the under-tank heater on one side of the terrarium, and clip the basking spot lamp above it.
- Cover the floor
Cover the terrarium floor with a 1-inch layer of soil, peat moss or a commercial reptile habitat substrate.
- Install the waterfall
Install an electric waterfall along the rear wall. This is an important component because anoles generally refuse to drink still water.
- Add plants and a shelter
Distribute sturdy plants throughout the terrarium. The best plants for anole habitats include ivy, orchids, vines and snake plants.
- Attach the habitat thermometer
Attach the habitat thermometer according to the package directions. Install it in a visible spot so you can read the display without opening the terrarium.
- Install the fluorescent lamp
Install the fluorescent lamp at the top of the terrarium.