“ Brand: Hagen / Animals Equipment Type: Reptile / Amphibian Homes „
These faunariums are brilliant. They have so many uses, are very reasonably priced, stackable, and quite tough. They can be used for quarantine (if you have a sick animal that needs to be separated from cohabitants, or the rest of your collection), travel (for selling/buying locally, vet trips), and even egg incubation. They make excellent starter homes for a variety of reptiles (hatchling snakes, geckos and other lizards/amphbians) and even good forever homes for many different invertebrates (snails, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, centipedes). They can also be used for fish, and are especially popular with fish breeders for separating fry.
Being stackable, they are excellent for breeders and those with large collections who can use them without taking up too much space. There is enough ventilation for many species since the lid is vented along the sides as well as the top. Many faunariums have little 'feet' also, so the bottom of the one on top won't block all the ventilation of the one below. They are also nice and light, since they are made from plastic, adding to their usability in travel and stacking. They have an opening hatch in the top (some models have 2 hatches) allowing for easy feeding and spot cleaning. This could be extra handy for spider keepers, as their spider may web over portions of the lid underside, and this shouldn't be disturbed unless absolutely necessary; the hatch allows access in many of these cases. The lids do have access holes, for cables of any electrical equipment you may want to use.
Equally suitable for low and high humidity species. For high humidity species, you may need to clingfilm part/all of the lid, but this is simple enough, and worth doing since plastic can hold heat and humidity much better than glass. For this reason though, even with a fully ventilated lid, care should be taken with desert species if they have a water source within and a heat source.
Faunariums can even be used for keeping/breeding live food. The only real downside is that the plastic scratches/marks pretty easily. Now this probably wouldn't be much of an issue for those with large collections, but could be problematic if being used for a display species. You should avoid cleaning with anything other than a soft cloth to minimise marking.
The Hagen Repile Den Flat Home is ideal for any reptile owner, perhaps even a must have. It is designed to be used for almost any purpose and need that you can think of regarding reptiles. It is ideal as a transport container, a starter home for some small, young or ill species of snake, lizards and amphibians. I have used it to transport my leopard geckos and have had one that I breed live food in. Its great for this purpose as it is lightweight due to being plastic. There are also multiple sizes available too all at reasonable prices.
The overall build quality is good. Its made of strong clear plastic making it durable. Although if dropped it could potentially crack but you would rather crack this than a £200 glass vivarium! The lid has adequate ventilation and a clear flap so feeding is nice and easy. The lid however is missing anywhere to put any light fittings so unless the species inside doesn't need much light - it can't be used a home for very long. perhaps this is why they called it a flat!!
One of the major selling points is that it is much cheaper than any glass vivarium out there. This makes it an essential back up home for your reptile, just in case anything happens to the main home.
Overall a well made, multi-purpose flat for reptiles that any reptile owner should have!
The Hagen range of Faunariums includes this longer-than-it-is-tall 'flat home.' As with the whole range of faunariums it is made from a strong, clear plastic which allows you to view the animal inside. It has a clip-on brown lid which is full of ventilation holes. The lid also has a clear 'hatch' which you can open and two round areas which can easily be cut-out for the attachment of additional equipment.
I find the faunarium most useful for housing small, ground-dwelling snakes. It's the ideal size for hatchlings and they can be comfortably accomodated in this container with a heat-mat underneath one half. The hatch in the top allows for easy changing of water while the ventilation holes allow good air circulation. The lid is easy to clip on and off (becoming even easier with use) so is not traumatic to the inhabitants and allows you greater access for handling or cleaning. Once the snake has outgrown this home it makes a great carry case/temporary home for trips to the vet/cleaning although I would advise covering the faunarium to darken it when transporting a snake in it.
The faunarium is also useful for bathing small tortoises/lizards, for housing live foods prior to feeding and for transportation of any small animal be it reptile or mammal (good for hamsters etc). The overall design however lends itself particularly to the housing of hatchling snakes - the 'stackability' of the units making it easy to keep multiple faunariums (beware of reduced ventilation when stacking however).
No real negatives to note. The item will crack if dropped but this is to be expected with any plastic home. The price is reasonable considering the use you will get out of the product.