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Zilla Basic Desert Kit Review

Zilla Basic Desert KitGlass terrarium for reptiles or amphibians. Patented front window ventilation. Raised bottom frame in order to fit a substrate heater and has a waterproof bottom. Escape-proof dual doors lock to prevent escape. Closable inlets for wires and/or tubing management. Reptile Terrarium Dimensions: 12 W x 12 D x 18 H inches (30 x 30 x 45 centimeter).

Zilla Basic Desert Kit Specifications

  • Dimensions: ‎23.75 x 14.5 x 17.75 inches
  • Weight: 17 Pounds

Pros and Cons of Zilla Basic Desert Kit


  • Available in two sizes, suitable for desert dwelling reptiles
  • Odor fighting terrarium liner, nonabrasive
  • Glass tank made in the USA
  • Reflective domes for heat and light
  • Screen cover to reduce the risk of escape and make cleaning and setting up easy
  • Complete with set up guide to help you get started


  • Does not include UVB lighting, which is essential for many desert dwelling reptiles, such as bearded dragons
  • Water and feeding dish not included
  • Basking platform and ornaments not included
  • Dome is very small and does not work with many other branded bulbs
  • Not suitable for all desert reptiles, such as bearded dragons which require a minimum of a 40-gallon breeder enclosure

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