By Sandra Pearce
A recent survey shows that sales of reptile enclosures is buoyant, with melamine vivariums in 2012 topping the list with just under 54,000 units sold. Plastic vivs came second, with over 10,000 fewer units being sold, at 42,275 units.
The survey was carried out by the Reptile & Exotic Pet Trade Association (REPTA), with input from Custom Aquaria, Exo Terra, HerpTech, Lucky Reptile, Komodo, Monkfield Nutrition, Muji, Reptile One, Rolf C. Hagen, Vision Herp, VivExotic and Zoo Med.
REPTA’s Chris Newman said: “The survey shows that sales of all enclosures is extremely buoyant, especially when one takes into account the large number of cages (plastic boxes, home-made cages, aquariums, etc) which could not be included.”
He explained that many keepers make their own vivariums and use other products, such as aquaria and RUBs (translucent plastic boxes), for their needs. “Chelonians probably pose the largest challenge as turtles (terrapins) are normally kept in aquariums or adapted enclosures, rather than specifically-designed turtle tanks, and tortoises (Mediterranean) are often kept free-range,” he added.
Melamine vivariums are also difficult to monitor as there are more unbranded manufacturers than branded, he notes, adding that the survey has only accessed data from branded products.
The survey will be repeated annually and ‘will be used to produce trends for statistics on enclosure sales and appraise the state of the reptile sector’. More....