Keeping a reptile as a pet is rewarding and challenging at the same time. Among those challenges is making sure that the humidity, temperature, and lighting are perfect. Light and temperature are easy but humidity is a tricky one to balance. So, the challenge of making sure that your little buddy stays hydrated with a reptile misting system and the humidity of the terrarium is maintained is what we are discussing here.
Maintaining the humidity can be particularly difficult if you live in a dry climate or have the central air running all the time. Humidity is measured by percentage and depending on the type of creature, you will need a reptile misting system to maintain humidity between 25% to 90%.
Therefore, if you have done your research, you will have already procured the best light bulbs and the best terrariums for your reptile. And, for our part, we have put together a list of the 10 best reptile misting systems so your little friend has the best of all worlds.
- The Top 10 Reptile Misting Systems:
- 1. Exo Terra Monsoon Solo High-Pressure Misting System – Premium Pick
- 2. Zoo Med Reptirain Automatic Terrarium Mister – Recommended for Traveling
- 3. REPTI ZOO 10L Reptile Mister Fogger – Best for Large Terrariums
- 4. MistKing 22251 Starter Misting System V4.0 – Our Top Pick
- 5. Zoo Med Reptifogger Terrarium Humidifier
- 6. Coospider Reptile Fogger Terrariums Humidifier
- 7. BaoGuai Reptile Mister Fogger
- 8. Exo Terra Mini Fogger – Best for small terrariums
- 9. BETAZOOER Reptile Humidifier
- 10. Evergreen Pet Supplies Reptile Humidifier/Fogger
The Top 10 Reptile Misting Systems:
1. Exo Terra Monsoon Solo High-Pressure Misting System – Premium Pick
The Exo Terra Monsoon Solo has made it to our list as it is an automatic misting system that is the best for reptiles. This gentle misting system can be programmed to mist the terrarium at any interval you so choose. This is especially useful if you have pets like chameleons that require humid climes and frequent hydration. Just program this bad to whatever duration of mist at however many intervals and it is ready to go!
The water tank holds just under half a gallon of water and we highly recommend that you use distilled water. It also has two flexible nozzles that allow you to direct the flow of the mist in the terrarium, so you know there are no dry spots. It also makes an unobtrusive humming sound, which easily blends into the background, once you get used to it. The bottom line, it is a fantastic reptile misting system if you have small pets or a single terrarium.
2. Zoo Med Reptirain Automatic Terrarium Mister – Recommended for Traveling
A compact little reptile mister system and the best part – it is portable! It has pre-set misting programs that allow you to choose the misting duration and the intervals. But because it is portable, the tanks do run out of water quickly, however, that depends on how often the mist is sprayed. Perfect for chameleons, this reptile misting system can be clipped onto the terrarium and its nozzles can be positioned to suit your tanks need – although we recommend keeping the mist away from your pet’s food.
That said, this system is very easy to set up, in that you pour in the water and power it up. If you travel with your pet, the Reptirain can be battery operated, so if you are unable to plug in the electrical system, you can rely on that backup system. Overall, a good product that is inexpensive and easy to operate.
3. REPTI ZOO 10L Reptile Mister Fogger – Best for Large Terrariums
Going on vacation and looking for a reliable terrarium mister? Look no further! This reptile misting system can hold up to 10 liters of water! Yes, you read that correctly, ten liters. Moreover, it is silent, so no humming sound in the background. With carefully designed nozzles and its wonderful Adjustable Rainfall System, you can guarantee that your pet will be misted with water and not sprayed and with minor adjustments, the nozzles can be used as foggers, so your vivarium pets will be happy and healthy.
Oh, and did we mention that you can attach up to 20 nozzles? Which makes this terrarium mister perfect for large-sized terrariums or multiple small ones. What is wonderful is the 360-degree programmable nozzle that can provide a wide spray in the tank, ensure the entire space is misted and that there are no dry spaces – this is particularly useful if you have flora and fauna in the terrarium along with your pets.
Finally, we can’t say enough about the internal backwater technology. This pulls the water back from the nozzle when the pump stops, ensures that there is minimum to no dripping of water from the nozzle and nothing pools at the bottom of the terrarium. This reptile misting system is recommended for a user who finds that smaller systems are just insufficient for their needs.
4. MistKing 22251 Starter Misting System V4.0 – Our Top Pick
We begin this review with a con – this terrarium misting system does not come with a reservoir, which means that you have to set up your own bucket tank and because you are setting up your own, it can be any size (from half a gallon to 5 gallons). So, is it a con? We suppose not! This compact device is only bulky because of the external reservoir. This system comes with two pipes; one that must be attached to the reservoir and the other that goes into the terrarium.
The unique feature about this system is that it has an external display timer that allows you to set up your intervals for misting, allowing you to ensure that mister is programmed to your pet’s needs. While the starter kit comes with only one misting attachment, you can purchase more and add them on, as per your needs.
Another wonderful benefit is that this mister is virtually silent! You can only here the mister when it is spraying and that too a gentle hiss. Beyond that, this reptile misting system makes no sound. Additionally, this system is simple to set up and ready to go in a matter of minutes. Highly recommended for people who don’t like spending too much time setting up systems.
5. Zoo Med Reptifogger Terrarium Humidifier
If your reptile needs a humid environment, look no further! This reptile mister system is a fogger, which means that it contains ultrasonic plates that turn the water into a fog and it is this dense fog that goes to create a tropical rainforest environment in your terrarium, making the climate perfect for your reptile to flourish.
This unit is compact and is great value for money. The reservoir is small, yes however, it easy to refill and we recommend using distilled water. This fogger does not come with an automated system, but it can be purchased separately. What we love is that you can use this reptile misting system to either maintain the humidity in a small terrarium or to create humid ‘micro-climates’ in larger terrariums. It is also a fantastic way to nebulize your pets if they develop any respiratory issues. So, it is well worth the purchase!
6. Coospider Reptile Fogger Terrariums Humidifier
We have four words for you – three liter water tank! So fill it up once and forget about it! This is another super economical option but it too is not automated. That said, you can install an external timer unit that will power it up to your preferred timings. Moreover, it’s silent, which means no irritating hum in the background.
This fogger is recommended for a score of reptiles, so whether you have a terrarium or a vivarium, both will flourish under the ministrations of this reptile misting system. The machine comes fitted with an adjusted fog output, so you can control the capacity of the fog at your convenience.
Furthermore, the tubing is expandable so you can adjust it to the needs of your tank and the machine has a handy alert system that lights up when the tank is running low, so you know when a refill is needed. So, if you know you will be out all day, you can either set up a timer or leave the machine running on its lowest setting, ensuring a constant supply of humidity for your pet to be happy.
7. BaoGuai Reptile Mister Fogger
This terrarium misting system is silent. No dull hum, no sudden vibrations. Just quiet. And it is this quiet quality that makes it perfect for your pets who get anxious around loud noises and movement.
The BaoGuai comes with four feet of tubing and two suction cups, so it is ideal for large tanks, as it can be placed wherever you need it. It is not automated, so you have to power it on and off at your convenience however, we have found that if you fill it up and night and leave it on a low setting, it will maintain humidity for 12 hours straight, and you do not need to worry about the central cooling or heating dehydrating your pet’s terrarium. Conversely, if you’re away at work, you know that your pet is well looked after.
The water tank contains about 2.5 liters of water, which can run out if you are not vigilant with checking, but it has a failsafe which automatically stops the machine when it runs out of water. All in all, it is an affordable and convenient system for those who do not need fancy contraptions to maintain the climate in their terrariums. Conversely, if you’re away at work, you know that your pet is well looked after.
The water tank contains about 2.5 liters of water, which can run out if you are not vigilant with checking, but it has a failsafe which automatically stops the machine when it runs out of water. All in all, it is an affordable and convenient system for those who do not need fancy contraptions to maintain the climate in their terrariums.
8. Exo Terra Mini Fogger – Best for small terrariums
If there is one thing to be said about this guy, it is DISCREET. This tiny contraption sits in a small container of water and needs a minimum of 5cm of water around it. Plug it in and power it on and it generates a dense fog that hugs the ground and spills over. It puts you in mind of ground covering mist that is found in tropical rainforests. So, if your terrarium is housing tropical flora and fauna and reptiles, this terrarium mister is perfect for you.
It is silent and well suited for small terrariums, but you can even use it as a novelty item in your garden fountain too. The diaphragm on the mini fogger does tend to wear out after some time, but replacement diaphragms can be purchased and they are simple to replace. So, if you’re looking for something super cheap that creates a lovely visual while being functional, we recommend this mini fogger.
9. BETAZOOER Reptile Humidifier
This external reptile humidifier comes with not one, but two hoses! This makes it ideal for either two small terrariums or one large one. It is recommended for a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians and it too is silent. It does not disturb the inhabitants of the terrarium and creates an effective mist, making it well suited for snakes, iguanas, chameleons, and even tarantulas!
This reptile misting system gives you a great bang for your buck, but it is simple and basic. It is simple to set up and is as easy as fill, plug in and go. However, if you wish, you can add an external timer to maintain your intervals when you are not home and, by keeping the tube contracted, you can ensure a good output of fog from the Betazooer. This is another great starting misting system and is well suited for pets and plants that just need general misting to remain happy.
10. Evergreen Pet Supplies Reptile Humidifier/Fogger
If you are looking for a humidifier/fogger for large terrariums, look no further! This guy is more than sufficient for 50-gallon tanks that house plants and pets alike. It is simple to set up and the comes with collapsible tubing that can be placed in your tank. We recommend collapsing the tubing before it enters the tank and then expanding it to place it. This makes sure that the fog does not condensate into water droplets before leaving the tube in the terrarium.
This too does not come with a programmable timer, but it has a large tank with dry-run protection, meaning once the water runs out, the machine switches off. You can set it at its lowest setting and leave it running overnight so your pet is well hydrated while you sleep. It is not a fancy humidifier, but it gets the job done and does not cost a pretty penny. It is ideal for reptiles and is silent, so once again, it does not disturb them. We recommend it for its ease of use.
This concludes our top choices of reptile misting systems. We hope that our selections have played a role in helping you decide which product is perfect for your terrarium, whatever its needs are.
That said, be sure to purchase the reptile misting system that is best suited for your needs. Please note that the above systems are not suited for screen cage terrariums as they are meant to control the humidity inside a closed space. Happy shopping!
Victoria Nelson is a lifelong animal lover. She grew up in a small farm with a wide variety of pets that included dogs, cats, cows, fish etc. A published author since 18, she loves writing, and nothing makes her happier than writing about animals and sharing useful animal care tips.