For years, standard practice for reptile housing was to keep the animal in a minimalistic enclosure. The thought was that the reptile simply did not care about its housing (Figure 1). For the most part, reptile breeders had success with this setup with regard to reptile reproduction and fecundity (Figure 2). The standard line was that if a reptile was given a heat gradient, a light source, and a place to hide, then it would be happy (Figure 3). A similar minimalistic approach to cats or dogs would be quickly labeled as less than ideal.