The importance of a good hide

by Karen Nilsson

Reptiles that brumate, such as snakes, lizards and turtles, undergo a period of dormancy during the winter months when temperatures drop. During this time, their metabolic rate slows down, and they conserve energy by reducing their activity levels.

Hides, which are hiding places for reptiles, are essential during brumation because they provide a sense of security and help regulate the reptile's body temperature. Reptiles use hides to retreat to when they need to cool down or warm up, and they also use them as a place to sleep or rest.

Having a hide available during brumation is important because it helps reptiles to conserve energy by providing them with a safe, comfortable place to rest. Without hides, reptiles may become stressed and expend more energy trying to regulate their body temperature, which can be detrimental to their health.

In addition, hides can also help to prevent dehydration during brumation by providing a humid microclimate for the reptile to rest in. This is especially important for reptiles that are brumating in a dry environment, where the air may be too dry for them to retain moisture.

Overall, hides are crucial for reptiles during brumation as they provide a sense of security, help regulate body temperature, and prevent dehydration.

We have a variety of sizes available. From the largest cave hide to a mid size bark arch to the smaller cave or even the easy to clean plastic cave. We have a hide for all shapes and sizes.