Should I change anything in my cage?

MellowMelon

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Hello there! My cage measurements are 30”L x 18”W x 30”H and I have A LOT of fake plants just to make her feel safe because her cage has to be in my bedroom. I added a little wooden ladder and I have a real golden pothos plant at the bottom right. I also have multiple vines all over her cage so she has those to climb on as well as her little basking hammock spot! I just want to know if I have done anything wrong because I want to make sure she’s as happy and healthy as possible. Furthermore, it’s getting chilly in NC and I was wondering what material to drape around the sides of her cage to retain the heat inside of her enclosure? PS sorry for the bad photos, the lighting messed them up lol!
 

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Haley Hendrix

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Remove the hammock, their nails can get ripped and stuck. Remove the wooden log bridge thing and replace with real sticks. Veileds are known to eat there plants so i would remove fake and replace with real.

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MellowMelon

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She has never eaten her plants before, I don’t know why she doesn’t seem interested in them. Also, why should I remove the wooden bridge, she loves to climb on it? I am just curious lol!
 

MissSkittles

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She has never eaten her plants before, I don’t know why she doesn’t seem interested in them. Also, why should I remove the wooden bridge, she loves to climb on it? I am just curious lol!
The bridge isn’t as bad imo, but the hammock really can harm her nails. I’m assuming you have a veiled. She will nibble the leaves of her plants so it’s best to avoid all fake ones. I put all my fake plants attached to the outside of my enclosures to provide a little more privacy. A schefflera would make a nice centerpiece which would provide lots of leafy cover.
Your lay bin looks a bit small. They don’t dig straight down, but go at an angle, so they do need/like more space. I say at minimum the bin should be at least 10”long/wide.
I have to ask about the bowl of greens. While veileds will eat greens, veggies and fruits, it is not needed. All they need is live buggies. They aren’t able to digest plants. Why they nibble their plants is still up for debate imo, but many say it’s for added dietary roughage.
 

MellowMelon

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The bridge isn’t as bad imo, but the hammock really can harm her nails. I’m assuming you have a veiled. She will nibble the leaves of her plants so it’s best to avoid all fake ones. I put all my fake plants attached to the outside of my enclosures to provide a little more privacy. A schefflera would make a nice centerpiece which would provide lots of leafy cover.
Your lay bin looks a bit small. They don’t dig straight down, but go at an angle, so they do need/like more space. I say at minimum the bin should be at least 10”long/wide.
I have to ask about the bowl of greens. While veileds will eat greens, veggies and fruits, it is not needed. All they need is live buggies. They aren’t able to digest plants. Why they nibble their plants is still up for debate imo, but many say it’s for added dietary roughage.
Great thank you so much!! I will begin removing her fake plants with real ones! I do have a few questions though, what should I use for a basking spot because she likes to lay her whole body sideways when she basks and I want something supportive underneath her? Another question, she climbs the screen sometimes and I worry about her nails, is this harmful for her or is it ok? She likes to climb on the screen mainly for sunlight- her enclosure is right next to a south side window in which she gets so much sun! And the lay bin is a tiny one so when she starts showing her colors and becoming restless I switch to a bigger one I have! I already said this but thank you for your advice, many people on here can be quite rude when all you want is a nice convo with good advice?‍♀️
 
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