Zoo Med Housing Training Course

Course 02: Housing
There is a huge variety of reptile housing and enclosures available. The enclosure is often the first item purchased as it created the foundation and frame (and walls and roof!) for a pet's habitat. All other materials used for setting up a reptile habitat will be based on the enclosure. This course will show you many of the enclosure styles to choose from and will teach you how to help customers choose the best housing for their pets.
Module 1 Intro to Reptile Housing
There is a large variety of reptile housing options available. In this module, you will learn the questions to ask that will help choose the correct type of housing.
Unit 1 Reptile Housing
Module 2 Arboreal Housing
Many reptile species are arboreal, or spend their time in trees. For these species, a vertically oriented, or tall enclosure is desirable. Arboreal housing allows these species to practice natural behaviors, such as climbing and looking for food.
Unit 1 Arboreal Housing
Unit 2 Glass Arboreal Housing
Unit 3 Screen Arboreal Housing
Module 3 Terrestrial housing
Some species use the ground more than they would use vertical space. For these terrestrial and fossoraial species, a habitat with a larger, longer "footprint" is appropriate. There are many different types of Terrestrial Housing options availble.
Unit 1 Terrestrial Housing
Unit 2 Terrestrial housing - tanks and species
Module 4 Outdoors
At times, it is most appropriate to house some species outdoors. Some tortoises get too large to realistically keep indoors. Other reptiles may benefit greatly from spending some time outdoors, even if they are not permanently housed outside.
Unit 1 Outdoor Housing
Module 5 Aquatic Housing
Housing for aquatic animals can vary from a tank, to a tub to a pond. Learn what options are available and how to choose the most appropriate for each animal.
Unit 1 Aquatic