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Is Someone You Know Getting Their First Reptile This Holiday Season?

If you are thinking about gifting a pet reptile or amphibian to your loved one for the holidays, below is a step-by-step to-do list and a carefully curated guide of some of the best holiday gifts that are sure to please both recipients and their pets this holiday season!

First Things First!

Step 1

Taking care of a living thing is a lot of work and is a long-term commitment. Do the caretakers understand the responsibility of caring for a pet for years to come? The pet will need love, knowledgeable owners, and attention. If yes, move to Step 2!

Step 2

Perform research so that you understand which reptile or amphibian will work best for your home. Click here for questions to ask during your research.Two blogs that can help you decide are here: Top Ten Care Tips and Best Beginner Reptiles. After deciding on the perfect pet type, move to Step 3!

Step 3

Purchase your future new pet’s habitat and accessories, first. You can visit Zilla’s Store Finder to discover a nearby location where to buy. Make sure there’s an area to place the new habitat inside your home. Also decide if a stand is going to be needed. You will want the setup to live near an outlet so that you can plug in any required equipment and it’s best to avoid windows and direct sunlight. Learn about their natural environments so that you buy the right kind of bedding, lighting, heating, décor, and other accessories. Time for the next step!

Step 4

Wrap the gift!

You have decided on the animal type, you’ve purchased the terrarium, and the recipient's face will light up when they see their awesome new present! After the grand gift opening, then it’s time for Step 5!

Step 5

Setup the inside of the enclosure, include all the decoration pieces, food and water dishes, lighting, heating, and bedding type. Make it that perfect place for your new family member to live, you want to start off on the right foot! Time for the best step of all, step number 6!

Step 6

It’s time to purchase the pet that you decided on in Step 2! It will be an exciting adventure to have the person who received the terrarium choose their new pet reptile or amphibian!

It’s sure to be a year to remember!

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Gift Ideas

These kits make an excellent gift for anyone just starting out:


Tropical Vertical Kit with Habitat Elements Inside 

Tropical Vertical Kit - an ideal beginning habitat for arboreal pets such as: crested geckos and white’s tree frogs.

The kit includes:

  • Textured Background
  • Front Locking Latch and pin
  • Hinged Screen Top
  • Mini Halogen Dome
  • Mini Halogen Bulb
  • Feeding Dish
  • Coconut Husk Bedding
  • Humidity/Temperature Gauge
  • Setup Guide

View the kit here.



Upgraded Deluxe Bearded Dragon – Our upgraded bearded dragon kit makes life easy for you and your new beardie. Size 20 Long is for a juvenile and a 40 Breeder for an adult. In fact, this setup is a great choice for many different desert animal species! 

The kit includes:

  • Halogen Mini Dome
  • Heat & UVB Basking Fixture
  • 50W Day Blue and 25W Night Red Mini Halogen Bulbs
  • 20W Fluorescent Desert UVB Bulb
  • Screen Cover with easy-access feeding door
  • Humidity & Temperature Gauge (two with 40 Breeder)
  • Feeding Dish
  • Lizard Lagoon
  • Rock Den
  • Desert Blend Bedding
  • Bearded Dragon Food
  • Setup Guide

View the kit here.


Deluxe 20L Snake Kit Assembled with Snake 

Upgraded Deluxe Snake KitOur Zilla Snake Kit is now available with enhanced lighting and a new user-friendly screen cover. Perfect for corn, king, or milk snakes and rosy boas.

The kit includes:

  • 2 Halogen Mini Domes
  • 50W Day Blue and 25W Night Red Mini Halogen Bulbs
  • 20W Fluorescent Desert UVB Bulb
  • Screen Cover with easy-access feeding door
  • Humidity & Temperature Gauge
  • Lizard Lagoon
  • Rock Den
  • Lizard Litter Bedding
  • Tropical Mist Humidifying Spray
  • Setup Guide

View the kit here.


aquatic turtle basking on platform inside decorated premium turtle kit filled with water 

Premium Aquatic Turtle KitThis stylish and convenient habitat will help make your turtle feel at home right away. The 40 Breeder kit is suitable for turtles that measure 4 to 8-inches in size.  

The kit includes:

  • Mini Heat & UVB Light Fixture
  • Mini Compact Fluorescent Bulb
  • Mini Halogen Bulb
  • Light Rail
  • Basking Platform Filter
  • Aquatic Turtle Food
  • Reptile Water Conditioner
  • Setup Guide

View the kit here.


Learn more about Zilla terrariums, cages and tanks here.


Practical New Décor

To spice things up in your terrarium, we’ve chosen some of our favorite products to help feng shui your habitat!


Rock Lair with Snake Inside 

Rock Lairs

This décor piece provides the three activities reptiles enjoy most: basking in warmth, climbing, and relaxing in a cool burrow.

Read more here.


Log shaped decor piece with floating top and turtles basking  

Freestanding Floating Basking Platforms

Float like a butterfly, relax like a turtle. This basking platform floats as the water level changes from evaporation, making it easily accessible at all times. Perfect for turtles, newts and other aquatic reptiles or amphibians.

Learn more here.


Terraced Dishes

Looking for a food or water dish that matches the natural aesthetic of your terrarium? We’ve got dishes that are sure to compliment your terrestrial environment. Our terraced dishes come in three sizes, pick one out here.


Decorative Malaysian Diftwood for Basking 

Malaysian Driftwood

Wave goodbye to boring terrarium setups thanks to our driftwood. Use it as a bridge from water to land, and as a place to nap or just a fun feature to climb on. Each piece is hand selected and unique. Read more here.

Still looking for more ways to improve a habitat? Visit our decor page for ideas!


Reptile Stocking Stuffers

Looking for something small to fit into a stocking? We offer some little goodies as well!


Digital Infrared Thermometer  

Digital Infrared Thermometer

Simply point the infrared beam at the area you would like to read the temperature. Go here to learn more about monitoring temperatures with this thermometer.


24/7 Digital Timer Power Center 

Digital Power Center

Replace the tangle of wires and timers behind the reptile terrarium with a single safe power strip featuring built-in timer control. Go here to learn more about taking care of your pets day/night cycle automatically.


Natural Turtle Floating Treats in packaging 

Turtle Chasers

Something for both you and your turtle to enjoy! They get a treat made of shrimp and clam, and you get to watch them chase it around. Go here to learn more about turning snack time into playtime.


Shed Ease Bath for Reptiles 

Shed-Ease Reptile Bath

Help your reptile with their skin care routine by using Shed-Ease Reptile Bath. It contains aloe vera and other emollients to help make old skin slide off easier and adds a healthy glow to the new skin underneath. It’s like a spa day for your shedding reptile. Learn about what else this product has to offer here


Calcium Supplement Spray for Reptiles

Calcium Supplement Spray

Apply Calcium Supplement by misting any reptile food including crickets, mealworms, mice or vegetables. Go here to learn more the importance of calcium.


Vitamin Supplement Food Spray with Beta Carotene for Reptiles 

Vitamin Supplement Spray

This mist contains all the Vitamins essential for reptiles and amphibians. Go here to learn more adding vitamins to your pet’s diet.


Zilla Turtle Stress Ball

Zilla Stress Turtle

If you’ve already bought Zilla products, then you’ve been racking up Z-points. Nearly every Zilla product is worth Z-Points which you can redeem for prizes! One of our smaller prizes is the Zilla Stress Turtle. This squishy little friend is worth 25 Z-Points. See how many you can collect! 


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