Spherical Ambystoma M. Terrarium with Bromeliad Tiki Statue

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This is a terrarium that I keep at work in our research team's lab room* for Ada, our team's mascot and hardest working member (she never leaves the office). Ada is a Barred Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma mavortium). Our work focuses on children's mental health, and since our workplace is both a research institute and clinical center there are aways therapists swinging by to show Ada to little kids. Ada never fails to interact with the children (she just wants worms but the kids don't know that). The kids especially like giving her a 'high five' through the glass with their fingertips.
* NO animal testing, we do apps and wearables for mental health.
 

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1: Starting materials.
 

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2: Bottom layer of clay balls (orchid media), activated charcoal and a PVC pipe sump. The sump lets you flush out the terrarium if it needs to be cleaned. Since it will be housing an eight-inch carnivorous vertebrate this is an eventual likelihood. Plastic screen between layers.
 

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