Located across the hall from the Biology Main Offices
Creatures in the Desert Terrarium
Common Name: Side-blotched lizard
Scientific Name: Uta Sp.
List of plants found in the desert terrarium. See below for terrarium construction.
Sansevieria cylindrica (Spear Sansevieria)- Native to Angola- The leaves can be braided or left as you see them in their natural fan shape.
Pachyphytum oviferum (Moonstones)- Native to Mexico- Also known as the “Sugar Almond Plant” due to the size, and color of the leaves.
Haworthia fasciata (Zebra Haworthia)- Native to South Africa- This plant favors more acidic sand.
Sedum pachyphyllum (Jelly Beans)- Native to Mexico- Like many succulents the leaves are filled with water giving it the “Jelly
Rhipsalis cereuscula (Coral Cactus)- Native to South America- Gets its name from the appearance of coral.
Haworthia mirabilis- Native to South Africa- Grows in rocky areas in altitudes of 500 meters.
Graptopetalum paraguayense (Ghost Plant)- Native to Mexico- In the same family as the Jade Plant.
Esposta lanta (Old Lady Cactus)- Native to South America- The cotton like substance is used as a sort of sunblock for the plant.
Haworthia angustifolia- Native to Africa- In the same family as the Zebra Haworthia. One can tell the difference by the lack of smoothness on the inside edge of the angustifolia leaves.
Pachyveria haagei-Native to Cultivation- Beautiful, silver, aqua-blue slender leaves with rainbow pink pointed tip.
Empty terrarium ready for some desert plants!
ZOO MED™ HYDROBALLS™ were used as a false bottom. Next a screen was placed to keep the substrate from not mixing with the HYDROBALLS™. The layer you can see is sphagnum moss. The sphagnum moss is used to keep the sand from falling down to the bottom.
Various colors of ZOO MED™ Vita-Sand® sand were mixed to give a more natural Utah sand color. Broken clay pots are used to give the terrarium some topography.
Sand was added in layers to give a sand picture.
Finally the plants are added, along with a rock feature.
View from the lab site.