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Q: Reptiles for a Green House
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Hey iherp, it's been a while!

My husband and I recently completed a pretty nifty green house. We have a few tropical plants (banana, mango, citrus). It's around 16'x18' with a ceiling that is 8-14' tall. We have  plenty of ventilation, a GAHT system to heat and supplemental heating as needed for the winter. The temperature of the greenhouse won't ever get below 50', with summer temps being 65-70 at night and 85-95 during the day. When its snowy during the day in winter, it probably won't get too much past 65' but that remains to be seen. Humidity isn't too high in general  but does spike with watering(mountain west and 6800 ft; as soon as ventilation opens its 20-40% humidity). I've debated adding a misting system to help cool things in the summer but so far it hasn't been needed with the temps so far.

Are there any species of lizard or amphibian that would do well in this green house? I would love to have something live in there that could eat insects. I'm just concerned about the low temps and if anything could tolerate them. With the heater going off there would be warmer areas near it. 

What do you guys think? 

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Member Comment 6/10/2020 1:08:51 PM


I feel like I would wait to see how much cooler it could get in winter. Otherwise you might have to bring the creatures you get inside if it drops below 65 or heaven forbid 50 degrees in the green house. Then again something like anoles in florida survive those temperatures fine so I'm sure there are other lizard species who do the same. One question though are you using glass that lets in uv light?

I was writing up quite a reply but the more I looked into it from other sources online the more conflicted I was on a few things. I would do some googling to see what other people with animals in greenhouses do first. It seems there are some problems to think of and as for eating pests there seems to be a divide on people saying it works to have some species in there and some who do not believe it helps.I hope there's someone on here who can answer this better for you, who maybe does this themselves. I would love to see the answer. The most I can find is showing mediterranean and european lizard species as well as garter snakes.


Heres a guy who has a large terrarium in his greenhouse. https://stevenbolgartersnakes.com/category/news/my-outdoor-terrarium/

Member Comment 6/11/2020 9:47:53 AM


I love this idea.

Member Comment 6/11/2020 11:14:50 PM

Serpents of Oz

Sounds like an awesome setup for a trio of aussie water dragons!

Author Comment 6/12/2020 7:32:49 PM


Thanks, TribalCorns! Definitely some valid points. We've had two snowstorms since the green house has been up and temperature has been maintained well-- 20' outside and 55' in the green house. There's a little space heater (that we plan to replace with something larger) plugged in but it only was kicking on around 5 am, so the greenhouse kept its heat without the GAHT system running for most of the night. I don't believe much UV comes in. I'd probably have to supplement that depending on species.

I was at a nursery a few days ago and found mantis egg cases for sale. Picked one up, so we'll see how well they work out in the green house. They do live in the wild here so if they get out they'll survive.  

Member Comment 6/16/2020 8:44:37 PM


It sounds like an awesome idea. I'de love to see what you guys do with it. I would definitely be trying to keep spiders galor and mantises in there. Want some pictures when it's more filled with plants. <3 I love plants too and manage a bunch here despite being in an apartment.

Member Comment 7/6/2020 7:29:01 AM

Psycho Dragon

Do they have to be exotic? Why not just get a bunch of native stuff to put in there, since you know they would survive in those temps.

Member Comment 9/24/2020 11:48:10 PM


Very  cool idea! Please keep us posted on what you add!

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