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Reptology Turtle Topper

Reptology Turtle Topper Review

The Reptology Turtle Topper is a great option for an above the tank basking spot. It has a lid and a grid opening allowing air to flow through as well as the light from your heat and uvb bulbs.

It’s designed to fit tanks up to 55 gallons and 12 inches wide. The package includes some extension clips which is what allows it to serve such a wide range of tank sizes.

In case you need some extension clips separately for your turtle topper you can purchase them here.

Overall, it looks like a great product, with a few shortcomings. The most obvious shortcoming is that it is made for only up to 55 gallon aquariums, which is too small a tank for most aquatic turtles.

Secondly, it’s made of plastic, which may not be good given the possible melting due to the prolonged heat that a basking area will be subjected to.

The product manager of the product posted on a thread discussing the product at TurtleForum.com , saying that the plastic is safe and will not melt.

Thirdly, it doesn’t look so nice, but that’s really a matter of personal taste and the way it looks may not matter to some pet turtle owners.

With those three things in mind, the Turtle Topper product is great if you have a smaller pet turtle, like a map turtle, or if you understand that your pet turtle will use it temporarily until your turtle gets too big for it.

Pros

  • Fits tanks up to 55 gallons that are 12 inches wide
  • Large platform size: 17 x 14 x 5 inches high
  • See through lid: 15.5 x 12.25 x 5 inches high
  • Metal grate to ensure no turtle climbs out 7.75 x 7.75 inches
  • Underwater resting platform 11.25 x 4 inches
  • Long access ramp x 6.75 inches
  • Tells what water level max is on access ramp

Cons

  • Doesn’t fit large setups
  • Large turtles could get stuck in it or on the underwater platform

The Turtle Topper Review Video

The video below describes a buyers experience with the topper itself. They are happy overall with the purchase and the turtles enjoy it as well, though initially were a bit intimidated by the addition.

Conclusion

Like most of the basking platforms out there I think this is a great option for small to medium sized turtles. As soon as you have anything larger than a 55 gallon tank then you will probably be best off building your own basking platform.

If you are unsure what size setup you need be sure to have a look at our turtle tank setup guide for some guidance.

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