Turtle Tub: For a Fraction of The Waterland Tubs
The Low Cost Alternative to Nesting, Swimming and Basking Areas
Many reptilian pet owners are looking for a triad of solutions to the semi-complex problem of reptilian care. Regardless of what reptile you own this is the triad:
- Nesting Area
- Swimming/Bathing Area/Moisturizing Area
- Basking Area
The latter two deal with temperature regulation and swimming needs (if there are any) for your reptile. The first on the list however, the nesting area, is a must for any serious reptile breeder.
Various manufacturers have developed “breeding boxes” others have developed “nesting areas” or “nesting spots.” These “breeding areas” or “egg laying” areas are designed to encourage reptile egg laying, deposition and hatching.
One Product Fitting One Size All Problems
The trouble that most manufacturers have is melding the triad of needs into “one product” or more specifically “a product that doesn’t look like an eyesore” and is functional. The triad of performance has been met by various products that usually are large immense pools that take up a dormitory space, or a small back apartment room; This type of pool is hardly the presentation piece of a family room or even a dining room.
Additionally, they typically are only suitable for turtles, not dynamic reptiles such as an iguana or a Taegu (or sometimes spelled Tegu) lizard.
Reptile Aquarium Pool
That is where the combination reptile-pool-aquarium enters the scene.
Typically a reptile enclosure is made up of a large vertical glass aquarium. The bottom usually has one side that is an elevated section composed of rocks, and the other side a pool for bathing or soaking. Because of the wide variety of reptiles, for example dry climate reptiles versus a wet climate red eared slider turtle, the enclosures are much different when it comes to water. However, regardless of the reptile, water and heat are needed.
This is where the reptile pool comes in:
- The reptile-pool provides the water- Or the reptile pool can provide a place for eggs to be layed
- Or the reptile pool can provide a basking spot, depending on how the pool is configured.
You may be scratching your head and be asking “How in the world can a pool be used for a nesting area, much less a basking spot?”
Easily…the pool can first be filled with substrate such as sand or light gravel-clay mixture so that eggs can be laid in it. Secondly, the pool can be flipped and used as an island. The reptile can lounge around on the now inverted pool while surround by water.
You may be asking, "Why even go to the trouble of using a pool? Why not just fill the aquarium with large rocks and water?"
Good question. However, unless you like hefting large rocks out of a fragile glass aquarium every time you clean it (which should be once a week or once a month at the very least), you may want to use an easily removable pool instead of huge rocks.
The Nesting Spot: Egg Layers Dream
Additionally, (and this is where breeders will love this idea) the eggs can be hefted away in the “breeding pool” or “breeding area” while the reptile is left in the enclosure. This is great for egg inspection and isolation (if needed). The pool serves more than the “triad” of functions, making the overall scheme of reptilian care much easier to deal with.
This is where the Tortoise Reptile Pool enters stage right. The Tortoise Reptile Pool or as some call it “the Gamble Industries Tortoise Tubs” solve the triad of nesting, swimming and basking while making the reptile enclosure clean-up a much easier task.
Depending on your need, the reptile pool is designed to function with steps that aid the reptile (whether a lizard or turtle) into and out of the pool. Additionally, the reptile pool functions as a nesting area for turtle breeders or lizard breeders alike.
And for those looking for something different the inverted pool serves both as pool and basking spot. Because most pet owners don’t want an eyesore of a plastic product the pools are designed to look like rock and complement your reptile enclosure.
They are designed additionally, to fit into standard width enclosures, such as 10 gallon, 20 gallon and even 40 gallon aquariums snuggly. This helps keep the lizard pet from getting wedged on the size of the aquarium and the pool.
As noted in this article there are various ways the pools can be integrated into your reptile enclosure. You might want to use one pool for a nesting spot, another for a pool and yet another for a basking area.
They can even be made into a waterfall!