The 4'x2'x2' PVC Panel Reptile Enclosure by Zen Habitats is great for lizards, snakes, tortoises, and other small animals that require low to high humidity environment. Zen Habitats Reptile Enclosure uses 1” anodized aluminum, bamboo printed PVC panels, front sliding/removable acrylic doors, a galvanized steel screen top, additional top humidity shield to retain humidity, and a 6" substrate shield (to keep loose substrate in the habitat when the door is open). The steel screen top includes screen support bars and wire grommets to give you the flexibility to install your lighting fixtures inside or outside the enclosure.
Why the 4’x2’x2’ Zen Habitats Reptile Enclosures?
Large enclosures – 120-gallon equivalent. Many reptiles thrive when given room to run, jump, and climb. 4’x2’x2’ reptile enclosures are 3 times larger than 40 gallon breeder tanks.
Non-reflective surfaces reduce anxiety. Most reptiles are territorial and do not like their own reflections.
Front-sliding doors minimize stress when approaching your pet. Many reptiles and amphibians have a parietal eye which helps them spot aerial predators. A lot of reptile tanks open from the top - approaching from above can cause stress for your pet.
Bamboo printed composite PVC panels for up to 100% humidity. Allows for a high humidity environment without the disadvantages of glass aquariums.
Humidity Shield helps retain humidity while providing ventilation.Optional 36" sheet of acrylic that lays on top of the screen to help control humidity.
Substrate Shield included. All Zen Habitats come with an optional substrate shield for those who use loose substrate.
I absolutely love my zen's. They're beautiful. Easy to put to gather and pretty solid despite thier light weight. I also love how they are modular. And you can just build massive and beautiful rooms. My animals love them and so do I. Hopefully they sort out thier supply issues, because that's the only reason they don't have 5 stars.
The connectors that hold the aluminum pieces together are trash Daybreak the whole situation was a bad experience I don't recommend
My husband and I purchased this for our jungle carpet python. The bamboo print gives a very natural look with all his plants and branches, and he is definitely enjoying the new space! We will be buying more in the future for our other snakes!
For some reason I was expecting the enclosure (PVC 4x2x2) to be less substantial. It’s pretty darned solid. When I see other PVC cages now, I’m struck by how limited the viewing is compared to the full front view of the ZH. Great looking enclosure too, which is good since the corn snake that’s in it hides 99.999% of the time. The enclosure exceeded my expectations.
Love the look and the easy of setup but my plexi doors are rubbing and already making the viewing a bit difficult. A couple of pieces were bent and one panel with a dent due to the shipping not Zen's fault but seeing a couple of good rips in the box was a bit scary. My Dragon loves the set up and is super happy.
I bought it for my now 7mos old ball python I thought maybe moving her into a bigger place would stress her out but she still eating fine.
Overall its great, it retains hidity very very well for my ball python, I used to go through about 7 gallons of distilled water a week using a humidifier trying to keep a glass enclosure humid, now its a gallon every like 2 weeks, which is insane, also seems to hold heat much better.
There are some cons though, but they do not outweight the pros in my opinion.
Tolerences vary slightly from piece to piece which made putting this enclosure together way more difficult than I felt is should have been and one of my plastic corner pieces cracked, which is fine for now, but taking this thing apart is going to be extremely difficult and that one piece will definitely break off inside if i do decide to take it apart, and you know if its hard going in, its going to be hard coming out, hoestly after having difficulty with like 2 fitting I considered using gun lubricant, but decided I didnt want that near my snake.
Also all of the composite paneling on both the enclosure and stand had damage on the sides and corners, it is a superficial complaint because it does not effect the utility of the enclose and it does not effect the overall look because it will be hidden by the metal frame, but it is definitely a first impression thing for me to pull out the pieces of the enclosurepanel and have some pretty rough edges.
For the size, the great humidity retention, great heat retention and the good price point I definitely think it’s a great enclosure, if youre thinking about it I would definitely pick one up, but there is a little wiggle room for improvement.
I would definitely recommend a zen cage. It was easy to put together, looks good, and is better priced then a lot of the large size enclosures.
I wish they came in some other finishes (as you see we spray painted ours so it would integrate better with our furniture) but it was easy to modify which is a huge plus.
The stickers were a huge pain to get off the metal. I still haven't been able to get all the residue off.
I wish it didn't have the logo etched on the front metal. It takes away from the minimal aesthetic and when paired with the spacer gets a bit busy.
It would be helpful to get a corner adapter to be able to build the spacer onto instead of having to rely on the vhb tape which doesn't hold as well as it should if you plan to stack another cage on top.
Over all, if this came in smaller sizes we would be buying many more to build out our reptile wall. If we ever get another large reptile we will continue using Zen habitats.
Big enclosure live it easy to put together I saw the video on YouTube and did it in a few minutes
BEST EVER! --ASSEMBLY--
PROS: Assembly can be easily done by one person without any tools in a short amount of time. Zen Habitats provides videos on their website that show the proper order to follow to assemble without any issues. It is totally worth it to follow along with the video when doing the assembly. Stickers have been added to the front frame pieces to prevent incorrect assembly.
CONS/TIP (This isn't really a CON but more like HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TIP): Once assembled you cannot easily take the pieces apart and fix an incorrect insertion. There are parts that have to be in certain places. I thought it would be super simple to just look at the parts and put it together (even with the new stickers). It is possible but it is much easier just to follow the video. The videos point out obvious but easily overlooked things like the position of the panel pattern, the fact the screen slides INTO the structure rather than resting on top, and the easiest order in which to connect the frame pieces.
TIP: Using a rubber mallet makes assembly easier and faster. When attaching the substrate barrier (if you decide to use it) apply the special tape to the barrier piece very close to the edge, then insert it into the house. I found it very awkward to try to apply the tape to the frame. Extra tape isn't provided so you can't mess up and redo it.
BEST EVER! ---VISUAL APPEAL---
I love everything about these enclosures. I have 3 of the PVC version (purchased Oct 2019) and 2 of the Bamboo version (purchased in 2018). Bamboo version: great for arid setups; PVC version: great for higher humidity and/or bioactive setups. Everything else about them is the same in my opinion. I own bearded dragons, leopard geckos, Sudan plated lizard and a uromastyx.
PROS: These habitats are visually VERY pleasing. I love the modular sleek design. I don't have a particularly modern house and they still harmonize with my decor. This sleekness draws the eye to my pet rather than the enclosure. I also love how much of the interior is visible since there is just the metal frame and plexi doors. I use a 36" T5 high-output strip light with 2 bulbs and it looks like a zoo exhibit. Even my non-reptile friends are drawn over to look at it!
CONS: The plexi is fairly easily scratched by the bearded dragons, but not by the other reptiles. Plexi in general is easily scratched by the wrong cleaning method as well so read up on it. I have minimized the visual impact of the scratches by buffing them with PlexiGlass scratch remover. In the future I am going to use a buffer attachment for my drill with the compound to try to make them even less visible. I replaced the plexi with glass for my beardies only and the cost is about $30 per habitat.
I have always had glass tanks so this was a bit of a change for me. My animals need 80% humidity and temps around 78F (25.5c), and no heat lamp, only UTH. Zen Habitats offered great customer service before I purchased answering my many questions about the tank. It was easy to put together, and with minimal modifications has been perfect for my animals so far. It has given them the extra space I wanted, and also looks really nice sitting in my living room. Was a win all around and I am really glad I found this company.
Just received new pvc 4x2x2 setup. Assembly was super easy. Took me about 15 minutes. Haven't set up my beardie in it yet. Will wait for the weekend. Fabricating her furniture for new set up. Also want to get the lighting and temperature right before I move her in. Will submit another review when everything is complete