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Background Supplies

For Bioactive Terrariums & Live Vivariums

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Introduction
Building your own custom terrarium background is often the most difficult but most rewarding aspect of creating a beautiful environment. On this page you'll find all the building supplies you'll need to create an incredibly awesome custom terrarium background. If you aren't sure how to proceed, we've got your back! Check out our DIY articles about Custom Backgrounds & Heavy Duty Backgrounds before you jump-in. Those (totally free) articles can act like a detailed set of instructions for using all of the supplies you'll find below.
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The Two Background Styles
There are many ways to go about building a custom background, but we've found two styles to be the most long-lasting, best looking, and most consistently repeatable. Fully custom backgrounds rely on tools like foam, silicone, wood decor, and background texture mix to get the job done. These are a little more difficult to create, require more time, but have the absolute best looking results. Heavy duty backgrounds are basically modified cork tile backgrounds, with added 3D plant mounting points, animal perches, and more. These are the least expensive option we recommend, can be built very quickly, and easily support larger inhabitants.
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Foam: Great Stuff Brand

A common choice for custom background builds

Great Stuff Foam
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This is the most common & trusted brand of foam used to build a custom vivarium background. After applying a thin layer of terrarium-safe silicone onto a glass enclosure, this foam can be sprayed-in to form ledges and other 3D effects. It's also great for filling gaps between wood decor during custom background design. Once applied and allowed to cure, it can be carved or left "as is" before it's coated with a layer of silicone & background texture mix for an awesome naturalistic effect. To learn more about custom vivarium backgrounds, check out our custom vivarium background how-to article.
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Gloves: Akers Brand

Non-powdered flexible latex gloves

Akers Gloves
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Inexpensive, high quality, powder free latex exam gloves. These gloves resist tearing, are more flexible than nitrile gloves, and are light enough to retain textural feeling when performing sensitive tasks. We use these while working with silicone, great stuff, animals, and more. Available in four sizes. Sold in quantities of 10, boxes of 100, or in wholesale cases of 10X100 on request.
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Magnaturals Gecko Feeder Ledges

Realistic, lightweight faux-granite ledges with built-in feeding stations

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NEHERP Staff Description:
These are the original magnetic feeder ledges, and we've been using them with success since 2010. Elevated feeder ledges allow Geckos to eat their prepared diet up off the ground, where they'd be finding food in nature. In addition, it keeps the Geckos off of the substrate layer, which helps to minimize the mess of a tipped-over food bowl. The magnets are super-strong, and hold up even fully grown Gargoyle, Crested, Tokay, and Phelsuma Geckos with ease. Removal for cleaning is quick & easy. Although the 2oz cup is most commonly used, we've had good luck using the more shallow 1.5oz cups too, which helps bring the food closer to the top of the ledge for the Gecko. We've found these also work on screen enclosures, although they are a little wiggly, due to the screen not being as stiff as glass.
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The Gecko Ledge was designed for crested geckos but can be used for all other wall climbers. It holds two 2oz disposable cups that can be reused several times before being replaced. Install or relocate in seconds with no glue or velcro. Made from 100% non-toxic materials in the USA. Magnetic force guaranteed for life. Maximize terrarium space while creating exciting terrariums with multiple units... then recreate them at will!
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Magnaturals Planter Ledges

Instantly add a planting site to any enclosure

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NEHERP Staff Description:
These larger ledges are great for any naturalistic terrarium, and are an easy way to add live herp-safe plants to an otherwise non-live enclosure. Even live vivariums can have these types of ledges added with success either "as is" (removable with magnets) or by incorporating the ledge into a custom background. In our opinion, it may be worth drilling a small hole in the bottom of the ledge cup to allow water to drain out unless you are using a water-tolerant plant, or working in an environment with lower humidity. (This is especially important for those with misting systems)
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Live plants are now available as a drop-down option for all clients who purchase these ledges from us! If you select the "Ledge + Plant" option below, our experienced team of vivarium nerds will pull an appropriate plant species based upon the type of animal you are working with. Our best-selling Live NEHERP Moss is another option for those with very humid & brightly lit enclosures who want to surround the plant with some seriously great looking moss growth. The moss portion offered is about 4.25in X 4.25in, and is discounted slightly below purchasing it separately. Substrate is sold separately. (You'll only need around 16oz, or 1/8 gallon)
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Important Info For Plant Options:
Minimum requirements for the plant option: 55% R/H + Daily Misting
Minimum requirements for the Moss option: 70%+ R/H + Frequent Misting
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Magnaturals Rock Ledge

Realistic, lightweight faux-granite ledges

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NEHERP Staff Description:
Like all of the Magnaturals products, these can be added to live vivariums or standard enclosures with the same effect. The rock ledges can also be incorporated into custom backgrounds without much extra effort, if you are looking for a permanent solution for adding faux rock to a custom hardscape.
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Perfect for all reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Take advantage of the vertical terrarium climbing space as well as giving your terrarium pet a natural outlet for their climbing behavior. MagNaturals Rock Ledges will create a beautiful, natural and beneficial addition to your pets environment. Install or relocate in seconds using non-toxic, guaranteed-for-life magnets. Easy to clean, easy to use, and a great way to maximize terrarium space.
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NEHERP Custom Vivarium Background Texture Mix

Specifically formulated to add a dark, detailed texture to custom terrarium backgrounds

NEHERP Custom Background Texture Mix
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To use: Simply apply terrarium safe silicone, press texture mix into it, and allow the silicone to cure. You'll be left with a plant-friendly & realistic looking surface!
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Want more detailed texture & plant growth performance on your custom background? Our background texture substrate is a carefully blended mixture of Canadian organic peat moss, shredded coconut husks, and coconut fiber, and is designed to add a more detailed, darker, and three-dimensional texture than any alternative. The mix looks great on it's own even before plants grow on it, but it's also a great way to encourage Moss, Moss Slurry, epiphytic plants, and trailing plants to spread onto a custom background directly. Our Background Texture Mix is included at a discount in our Custom Background Kits, as well as our Heavy Duty Background Kits. For detailed instructions, please check out our Custom Background DIY article.
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NEHERP Modular Cork Planters

Specially selected cork rounds cut at neat 45° angles for use as background-mountable planters

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Our inexpensive modular cork planters allow vivarium builders to add a planting site anywhere they'd like on a background. These are compatible with Cork Tile Backgrounds, Custom Background Kits, and included (at a discount) in our Heavy Duty Background Kits. Depending on the type of background being created, Modular Cork Planters can be attached to an enclosure using either our high-tensile strength black silicone or using stainless steel hardware. If silicone is used, any excess "push out" adhesive can be coated with Background Texture Mix to help the planter blend more seamlessly into the background. Both sizes have one opening cut at a 45° angle for easy mounting. Once a planter is mounted it can be left empty to be used as a cave/ledge, or filled with substrate to contain live plants. Over time the roots of plants will grow out & onto the cork itself, creating an awesome grown-in effect. Click here for a bare background fitment photo of the above enclosure.
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Net Pots

High quality flexible plasic net pots

Net Pots
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Net pots are commonly used in custom background building, by sinking the pots directly into the foam background. This creates planting sites for plants that grow best when planted in soil. For best results, we recommend waterproofing the hole with silicone, and adding a tube (or other method of drainage) in the background so that water won't collect in the foamed-in pots. Most NEHERP-built custom vivarium backgrounds do not rely on net pots for the record, but they are still a pretty popular choice for many different builders.
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Putty Knives

Reusable tools for spreading silicone on custom backgrounds

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These are used to spread silicone on the glass background of a terrarium as the 1'st step towards building a custom vivarium background. For background work, these simple plastic knives actually work better than more expensive stainless spreaders because clean-up takes just a second after the silicone cures. When your project is complete, just leave the putty knife out for 12-24 hours to allow the silicone to cure. Once cured, it peels right off the tool with no mess! These are the same putty knives we offer in our Custom Background Kits, and color may vary.
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Razor Extension Tool

Great for cleaning hard to reach glass and shaping/trimming custom backgrounds

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This is a very useful tool to have while working with larger vivariums. It can be used in a number of ways, but we use it most often to scrape hard-to-reach silicone off of the glass while building a custom background. These can also be used to scrape algae, water spots, and other things from hard-to-reach glass sections of established vivariums. * Be sure the razor blade used on this tool is cleaned of all manufacturing oil before use. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase this item.
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Razor Knife Carving & Shaping Set

A obbyist razor knife & scraper kit appropriate for custom background trimming

Custom Background Trimmer Shaper Set
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This little tool kit is perfect for adding finer details to custom background work (foam), trimming excess silicone in hard-to-reach places, and lightly scraping wood decor. Each kit includes two aluminum handles, and one larger plastic handle for ease of using multiple knife/scraper types on a single job without needing to change blades. Also includes 6 angled blades, 2 curved blades, 2 straight blades, and carrying case. * Be sure the razor blade used on this tool is cleaned of all manufacturing oil before use. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase this item.
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Razor Scraper Tool

Great for cleaning glass and shaping/trimming custom backgrounds

Razor Scraper Tool
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A basic tool used most often for shaping foam & silicone during construction of custom backgrounds. On established enclosures, these can also be used to scrape algae, calcium deposits, and more off of flat glass surfaces. * Be sure the razor blade used on this tool is cleaned of all manufacturing oil before use. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase this item.
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Silicone Adhesive: Black

Terrarium safe, high tensile strength black silicone

Best Silicone For Terrariums
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NEHERP Staff Description:
This is the same black, neutral cure silicone we offer in our Custom Background Kits. Our top-of-the-line silicone is completely safe for Aquariums, Terrariums, and Paludariums in locations above and below water. An excellent choice for custom background work, with extremely high tensile & sheer strength. Our silicone is very fresh from the manufacturer, so you can count on it curing correctly without any risks associated with older product. Comes with removable nozzle, and each 10.2oz tube works with our dripless silicone applicator gun.
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Silicone Adhesive: Clear

Terrarium safe clear silicone

Clear Silicone For Terrariums
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NEHERP Staff Description:
A 100% non-toxic aquarium & terrarium safe clear silicone adhesive. These are from Marineland, one of the top manufacturers of glass aquariums. At the shop, we most commonly use clear silicone to repair or re-seal enclosures. The cured appearance is more clear than some of the other brands we've seen. If you'll be repairing a leaky corner in any aquarium, we recommend scraping out as much of the original silicone as is conveniently possible first, to help ensure a clean bond. Like the other types we carry, our Marineland silicone is restocked often from the distributor, to ensure a fresh & effective product.
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Silicone Adhesive Squeeze Tubes

Terrarium safe black & clear silicone from Aqueon

Silicone For Terrariums
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NEHERP Staff Description:
These are the same 3oz containers of silicone we include in our Heavy Duty Background Kits, and they are perfect for getting smaller-scale jobs done right. These silicone tubes are especially great for mounting our Modular Cork Planters to background surfaces! Like the other brand we carry, this is a terrarium-safe silicone which is neutral cure and easy to apply. The included applicator tip can be cut at different spots to increase or decrease the size of the bead you'll apply. We order from the manufacturer every couple of weeks or so to ensure our stock is always fresh, in an effort to prevent issues with using older silicone. Available in either black or clear color, and sold in 3oz tubes.
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Silicone Dispenser Gun

A heavier duty, no-drip, silicone gun

Silicone Dispenser Gun
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NEHERP Staff Description:
This is a heavier duty alternative to some of the economy caulk guns out there, and is the same model we use & recommend for silicone. Traditional caulk is more viscous and squeezes out much easier than silicone, so a traditional (pop-riveted) caulk gun typically won't hold up to the "abuse" of applying a thick silicone sealant. These welded models are the best option we've seen for the price, and have held up to even long-term frequent use at our shop. Their design also helps to minimize drips after it's used, as the "dripless" name suggests. We have a handful of these being used at NEHERP right now, and they are the same units included in our Background Kits.
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Stainless Steel Hardware

Ideal for affixing wood decor to background tiles & more!

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High grade stainless steel hardware for affixing wood decor together, decor to backgrounds, and more. Our hardware packs are 304/Food Grade stainless, not common hardware store 10/0 or lower grade stainless steel. Kits include optional matching curved washers for securely mounting assorted decor items to cork backgrounds, although they are equally useful for attaching different wood decor together. The use of the curved washers allows for counter-sinking the hardware into the cork backgrounds to allow for flush fitment against the glass, while ensuring the hardware won't "pull through" as the enclosure ages. Note: Be careful that no sharp edges come through wood decor when mounting. Any exposed hardware can be coated in silicone, and covered in custom background texture mix for easy, discreet, & safe cover-up.
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Tree Fern Panels

Great for backgrounds, plant mounts, and more!

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Tree Fern Panels have been used to mount orchids & other epiphytic plants for decades. In a horticultural setting, plants are typically mounted to the boards, and the boards are hung for display. In a terrarium, tree fern panels can be affixed to the back or side panels of the enclosure to act as a 3-dimensional mounting point for plants. In custom background design, these Tree Fern Slabs can be broken up to fit into gaps and spaces left between other pieces of wood decor, to ensure epiphytic plants have the absolute highest chances of success. These are sustainably harvested from New Zealand, and the color will turn significantly darker once moistened.
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Volcanic Vivarium Rocks

Lightweight, flat-cut, natural stones for live vivariums

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Our volcanic rocks are 100% all-natural, porous, and extremely lightweight in comparison to most natural rocks. These have an incredible number of uses in a live vivarium, and have been being tested by NEHERP staff since 2015. One side of each rock is cut flat to increase it's usefulness, and to help minimize the risks associated with one rolling or tipping over. (The flat part of each rock is facing down in the photo above) Most pieces of volcanic rock can be attached to a custom background using our recommended silicone adhesive to create real rock ledges within an enclosure. Each piece is porous, and actually holds a fair amount of water after misting. This makes volcanic rock a perfect natural solution for growing plants on a rock surface, especially when paired with a Misting System. The texture of volcanic rock is sharp at first, but rubbing two pieces together helps to smooth things out nicely.
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Ultra-Important Product Disclaimer:
Volcanic Rock isn't "ready to use" straight out of the box, and we strongly recommend smoothing each piece down before use. This product isn't especially user-friendly and we only recommended it to professionals & experienced enthusiasts at this time. When staff members build using this type of rock at NEHERP, they follow this 3-step procedure to help minimize the sharpness of each piece:
1) Wear eye protection & work gloves for safety, and moisten the rocks before proceeding.
2) Rub the rocks together, working down every sharp point which will be exposed. (3-7 mins)
3) Re-rinse the smoothed-down piece and carefully check to ensure appropriate smoothness.
Always keep the husbandry requirements & physiology of your species in mind while sanding-down each piece, to ensure it's brought to an appropriate level of smoothness before proceeding. We have successfully used Volcanic Rocks in vivariums which house various species of Geckos, Dart Frogs, Tree Frogs, and Invertebrates.
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Please don't purchase unless you are comfortable making experienced decisions about what is appropriate for the animal species you are working with, and don't mind getting your hands dirty (using gloves & eye protection) while working with this moderately difficult product.
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Rocks are measured at their longest point. Widths & depths are usually 45-85% the length. This is a natural product and every size will vary.
Because Volcanic Rocks are sharp at first, we don't recommend it to anyone who isn't comfortable using a product with a higher level of difficulty. We really, really love animals and would hate to see this product used in a way which wouldn't be in an animal's best interest, and we'd hate to disappoint a client with a surprisingly difficult product. (Assuming the disclaimer wasn't read)
On the bright side, we've got a few easier to use alternatives which we'd recommend in any situation! For artificial rocks, you might want to check out Magnaturals Ledges. They look nice & perform well for the price. They are meant to be modular (easy to remove), but can also be built into a custom background if desired. Zoo Med's Mushroom Ledges are another "ledge" style product which mimic the look of a mushroom, rather than a rock. There are a bunch of different wood decor options which can be used to create ledges, with Cork being the best selling & easiest to work with. In short, you've got options! :-)
Easy & Safe Alternatives To Natural Volcanic Rock:
Magnaturals Planter Ledge
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Zoo Med Mushroom Ledges

Realistic mushroom ledges, firmly attached using silicone

Zoo Med Mushroom Ledges
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NEHERP Staff Description:
These solid, strong, and light weight ledges are designed to replicate shelf fungus growing on a tree! (Check it out: Wikipedia Polyporales Fungi) Zoo Med's ledges are great for incorporating into custom backgrounds, heavy duty custom backgrounds, and directly on Zoo Med's tile backgrounds. These are directly compatible with our Custom Background & HD Background kits, and we'd recommend them to anyone looking for a quick & easy way to incorporate a simple ledge into their enclosure. Each package contains a small tube of black silicone for attaching the ledge to the enclosure.
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Zoo Med Cork Tile Backgrounds

Our best selling drop-in backgrounds

Zoo Med Terrarium Background Drop In Cork
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NEHERP Staff Description:
Zoo Med's drop-in backgrounds are made from natural Cork, and we've had a lot of luck with them over the years. These are the least expensive durable solution for larger inhabitants, and are the same panels we include (to be modified) in our Heavy Duty Custom Background Kits. These panels have a lighter-colored pattern than the "forest" tile option (below), but both perform identically and are about 5/8-3/4in thick. If you'll be building a humid bioactive terrarium, these background panels will support plants growing on them so long as the surface is kept sufficiently moist during acclimation. These can be customized quite a bit for an awesome finished product, and we recommend checking out our Heavy Duty Background DIY article if you'd like to give it a shot!
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These are discounted down to $9.45 in our Heavy Duty Custom Background Kits!
(You'll also get another ~5% off of everything else in the kit!)
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12in X 18in - $15.99/ea
These are discounted down to $14.20 in our Heavy Duty Custom Background Kits!
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18in X 18in - $20.99/ea
These are discounted down to $18.95 in our Heavy Duty Custom Background Kits!
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These are discounted down to $25.60 in our Heavy Duty Custom Background Kits!
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Zoo Med Forest Tile Backgrounds

Easy & inexpensive background for terrariums

Zoo Med Terrarium Background Drop In Forest
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NEHERP Staff Description:
Zoo Med's drop-in backgrounds are made from natural Cork, and we've had a lot of luck with them over the years. These are the least expensive durable solution for larger inhabitants, and are the same panels we include (to be modified) in our Heavy Duty Custom Background Kits. These panels have a darker-colored pattern than the standard "cork" tile option (above), but both perform identically and are about 5/8-3/4in thick. If you'll be building a humid bioactive terrarium, these background panels will support plants growing on them so long as the surface is kept sufficiently moist during acclimation. These can be customized quite a bit for an awesome finished product, and we recommend checking out our Heavy Duty Background DIY article if you'd like to give it a shot!
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Custom Background Kit

Everything you'll need at a big discount!

Vivarium Background Kit Contents For 18X18X24 Terrarium + Cork Assortment Included
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Our custom background kits include everything necessary to build spectacular & realistic looking backgrounds. We've got kits available for 29+ of the most common enclosure types, and each is further customizable directly on the website. It's got everything you'll need, nothing you don't, and everything is discounted below purchasing supplies separately. What's not to love?! :-)
Prices Range From $21.69-$219.25
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Heavy Duty Background Kit

Everything you'll need at a big discount!

NEHERP Custom Background Kit For Geckos & Snakes
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Our heavy duty background kits include everything necessary to build great looking & durable backgrounds based on natural tile backgrounds. These are the easiest customizable backgrounds to build, and they hold up great even when housing larger inhabitants. (These kits work great with smaller species too!) Our heavy duty kits include everything you'll need, nothing you don't, and everything is discounted below purchasing ingredients separately. :-) Available for front-opening enclosures ranging from 12X12X12 to 24X18X18.
Prices Range From $39.99-$68.99
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