Keeping exotic animals is enjoying growing popularity. Allow us to introduce you to the animals you are currently most likely to find in a terrarium.

Leopard geckos

The leopard gecko is one of the most common reptile pets. Its friendly and curious personality and its remarkable colouring have earned it a large fan base. You’ll have to wait until evening, however, if you want to observe one of these geckos and their natural behaviour. This reptile is active at twilight and at night and spends most of the day underneath rocks or in caves.

Scientific name: Eublepharis macularius
Size: up to 25 cm
Life expectancy: approx. 20 years
Native habitat: Iraq, Pakistan, North-West India
Housing: in a group (one male with multiple females or only females)
Diet: insects

Carolina anoles

To its fans, the Carolina anole is more commonly known by its nickname “the American chameleon”. This nickname is due to the fact that, like a chameleon, it can turn its eyes in all directions and change its skin colour according to its mood and the temperature. Another trademark of this agile, diurnal reptile is its striking, red dewlap, which the males can extend to court females or to assert its territory. The Carolina anole is especially popular with terrarium beginners because it is relatively easy to care for.

Scientific name: Anolis carolinensis

Size/length: females up to 18 years, males up to 22 years
Life expectancy: approx. 8 years
Native habitat: USA, Caribbean
Housing: in small groups (one male, multiple females)
Diet: crickets, small grasshoppers, flies, etc.

Corn snakes

Whether boldly coloured in grey/brown with red/orange colours, or featuring saddle patches edged in black and a white stomach with black spots or in any number of other colour variations: Without a doubt, the corn snake has a visually attractive appearance. But that’s not the only reason why it’s so popular. Corn snakes are usually relatively tame, yet also very active, making them a lot of fun for their owners. A rather low-maintenance species, they are also incredibly well-suited for beginners.

Scientific name: Pantherophis guttatus
Size: 90-150 cm
Life expectancy: 12-15 years
Native habitat: USA, Mexico
Housing: alone or in a group
Diet: mice

Emperor scorpions

The emperor scorpion is the largest species of its kind. One special feature of this creature is that it can also be kept in groups. Rather timid, emperor scorpions are in no way aggressive and prefer to withdraw rather than attack. Their imposing appearance and reserved manner make them especially popular with exotic animal fans.

Scientific name: Pandinus imperator
Size: 15 cm, but they can grow to be up to 25 cm
Life expectancy: approx. 15 years
Native habitat: West and Central Africa
Housing: possible to keep alone or in groups
Diet: insects

Bearded dragons

The bearded dragon gets its name from its spiky throat, reminiscent of a beard. There are eight different species of bearded dragon. In Germany, the main breeds available as a pet are the central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) and the dwarf bearded dragon (Pogona henrylawsonii). This animal can be domesticated quickly and they are relatively easy to please when it come to their diet. As a result, they are often characterised as a “beginner pet”. But bearded dragons are in no way low-maintenance. They need plenty of space, heat, sufficient UV light and need to hibernate on occasion.

Scientific name: Pogona species
Size: up to 55 cm, dwarf bearded dragons up to max. 30 cm
Life expectancy: approx. 15 years
Native habitat: Australia
Housing: alone or in a group
Diet: omnivores, diet should emphasise herbs (green leaves) and not too many insects

Call into your local store today to discuss your reptile’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.