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Does your pet reptile feel like he's living in a glass aquarium? Even if he is, this could be bad. Like most animals, reptiles need a place to hide to feel secure. You can purchase or even make your own inexpensive "hide box", a small enclosed container with a single entrance and exit that your pet can curl up in and feel secure. Your hide box can be as simple as a used plastic margarine tub with a hole cut into its side, or as complex as a professionally made "trap box" with a sliding door that can be shut and locked from the outside to confine feisty or venomous snakes while their cage is being cleaned. A snake or lizard that has a secure place to hide is more likely to be a calm and well adjusted pet.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|