The dry terrarium and its inhabitants (Terraristikbuch, VIVARIA Verlag, Softcover, 96 pages)
Type: Terraristic reference book
Topic: Practical information about steppe terrariums and desert terrariums
Of course we all know that our terrariums are divided into humid-warm rainforest basins, unheated terrariums for amphibians and reptiles of temperate latitudes and dry-hot desert basins. Whereby this scheme is still very rough. Because not all deserts are the same, and savannas and dry regions can also be very different. The terrarium reference book "Das Trockenterrarium und seine Bewohner" (The Dry Terrarium and its Inhabitants) therefore wants to take up the whole variety of dry-hot habitats and present the reptiles living there to the readers in words and pictures. Because here, in the steppes and semi-deserts, the dunes and the glowing hot rock tangle live many, who are probably familiar to us from the pet trade and terraristic trade fairs: Skinke, like the blue tongue, but also some Teju species. Of course the popular bearded dragons and thorntails. Finally, the tokeh must also be counted among the typical inhabitants of rather dry terrariums. A lot of material and also some problems for the future owners, whereby the multi-layered topic in "The Dry Terrarium and its Inhabitants" is tackled both expertly and comprehensively.
On 96 pages and illustrated with 104 illustrations, the reference book "Das Trockenterrarium und seine Bewohner" describes all worth knowing about this terrarium type and can surely inspire many a fan of rainforest terrariums for these rather sparsely planted glass showcases and their interesting inhabitants! Here, proven lovers of Berberskink & Co. will learn everything about the selection and furnishing of desert, steppe, savannah and rock terrariums, including the technology, starting with the powerful heating (fir cone lizards, for example, can tolerate an incredible heat) to the necessary lamps and radiators is themed. Of course, it is also a matter of which terrariums and in which caregivers the heating needs to be reduced at night. Because desert does not mean that it is permanently "roaring" hot. So it is usual especially in the natural habitat of the thorn-tails that the animals, in the morning, come only deliberately "in motion". It is therefore also necessary to switch off the heating at night in the domestic dry terrarium and give the animals a break from activity. Topics that are also dealt with competently in "Das Trockenterrarium und seine Bewohner". Oliver Drewes, who has been involved with the keeping of ornamental fish and reptiles since his youth, also devotes himself extensively to the most popular terrarium animals in dry zones and offers tried and tested instructions for their successful keeping.
Our conclusion: "The dry terrarium and its inhabitants" can only be warmly recommended to all fans of the steppes and semi-deserts. This is completely independent of whether a recent long-distance trip has awakened interest in these habitats or whether desert inhabitants have been cultivated in their own terrarium for some time. Because in this standard work from VIVARIA Verlag even experts can learn a few new things and take a few tricks with them for their home pool. Our reptiles will thank us in any case for the concentrated expert knowledge that "The Dry Terrarium and its Inhabitants" conveys to the reader. Because we must never forget that Mother Nature gave the reptiles of the dry zones a high life expectancy. Pine cone lizards, for example, can, with good care, live to be 25 years old, so that as a terrarium keeper one assumes a high level of responsibility and a partnership for many years with the purchase of these animals.
About the author of "Das Trockenterrarium und seine Bewohner":
Oliver Drewes is one of those experts and authors who were infected with terraristic fever at an early age. Already from childhood on, the author dedicates himself to the keeping of ornamental fish and reptiles. A man from practice for practice, who also made his hobby (probably the dream of many) his profession. Drewes has been working in the pet industry since 1999 and works as an authorised signatory for a company with aquaristic and terraristic products. But he also made a name for himself early on as an author. Among other things, Drewes has written for various renowned publishing houses that publish books on the keeping of terrarium animals in Germany and the USA. So listening to what Drewes has to say is worth it.