What Reptiles Can Live In A 20 Gallon Tank?
Many owners may not think that larger, semi-aquatic reptiles can be kept in small enclosures, but there actually are several reptile species that make great inhabitants of 20 gallon tanks.
The box turtle is one of the easiest reptiles to take care of, making them an excellent choice for those new to reptile keeping. Native to North America and parts of Mexico, these turtles can live in a 20 gallon tank, although a larger size may be preferred. Aquatic setting should have an ample basking area, as well a shallow, warm water area so they can swim.
Western Fence Lizard
The Western Fence Lizard is native to the western part of the US. These lizards are primarily terrestrial, budget friendly, and easy to take care of. They are unassuming in size and can easily be housed in a 20 gallon tank. For substrate, you can use sand, soil, and/or gravel, though sand is the best choice as it is easy to burrow into and easy to clean.
The leopard gecko is a popular reptile species native to parts of the Middle East. They make fantastic pets due to their calm nature and small size, and can easily be housed in a 20 gallon tank. They require heat lamps and a substrate, such as reptile carpet or sand, and lots of shelter for hiding. Be sure to keep their temperature between 85 and 90F during the day and around 70F at night.
Below are some things you should consider for reptiles living in a 20 gallon tank:
- Provide ample, clean housing with plenty of hides and shelter
- Provide comfortable temperature and humidity
- Keep the enclosure cleaned regularly
- Providing appropriate enrichment, including toys, plants, and rocks
- Regularly check and replace water filters, if needed
- Feed appropriate, healthy diets
By taking these precautions, you can easily provide a safe and happy environment for your reptiles living in a 20 gallon tank.