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Old 10-10-2017, 07:49 AM   #1
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Default Kerry Terrarium Review

Thought I'd review the Kerry Terrarium after buying and setting it up It costs £69.99 from Zooplus

It came well-packed in a very large box. Inside that is another box which is surrounded by polystyrene packing.

A Kerry box.jpg

It measures 75cm wide by 45cm deep by 37cm tall - all external measurements. The glass is about 4mm thick. For those in the US that is approx 522 square inches. I measured it and the stated measurements are correct. Internally it is probably nearer 480 square inches (you lose just under a cm all round inside).

It sits on top of a small, four square kallax unit - with a slight overhang at the back.

A Kerry Kallax.jpg

It has a barred top which slides off sideways, and also has a large door on top

A Kerry open top.jpg

A Kerry Open top 2.jpg

It is slightly bigger than a standard duna multy, in terms of both floorspace and height. The extra height allows for deeper substrate.

A Kerry substrate.jpg

At first it didn't look that big to me, after having a 100cm cage. But it is a good size for a dwarf hamster, depending on how you set it up. I would have preferred a 100cm tank to fit a lot more toys and enrichment in, but found once the Kerry was set up there was plenty of space for toys and enrichment, providing you don't use any particularly large items such as labyrinth houses. I don't feel it's the best choice for a Syrian as it would fill up quite quickly with larger items and a Syrian sized wheel would mean very low subsrate in one area of the cage.

Pros

1) A glass tank is good for being able to see your hammy and for deeper substrate, also good for small robos who could get stuck between bars possibly. The bar spacing on top is 7mm so ok for dwarf hammies.

2) Not too big, not too small, but need to think about size of items when setting up, to make the most of the floor area.

3) It comes with two houses, but they are quite large and fill it up a bit. I just used one and sunk it a bit so it didn't dominate too much.

4) It wasn't as heavy as I expected. When empty I found it easy to lift and carry to another room. If full I expect it would be a bit heavy to move and need two people.

5) You can attach things to the bars on the roof.

6) Being a tank there are flat sides to fit things like platforms up against so you can use the floor space well and things fit in easily.

7) Deeper substrate helps reduce fall risks for very small hammies who might get onto the roof bars.

Cons

1) Like most Skyline cages, the top door doesn't fit very well and has a large gap under it. I could easily fit my index finger in there and it's bigger than 1cm I reckon, so it's an escape-route. But easily solved with a peg although you have to be careful fixing the peg that it doesn't pull the next bar along too open and make a larger gap there.

2) I would have liked it to be 80cm by 50cm - just a couple of inches extra all round. Having said that it felt bigger than it looks once set up.

3) Opening and closing the top and top door is quite clangy and noisy - more so than in a cage - it seems to echo against the glass. This could be a bit scary for a nervous hamster, but just means doing it carefully. I'm getting the hang of that.

4) Top entrance only. I found it quite hard doing everything from above and missed having a door on the front. With the Barney you can have one hand in from the side through a little door and one from the top. But I'll get used to it.

5) I think it really needs a level or platform. It doesn't come with one so that's an extra to make or buy. A platform gives some shelter and stops it feeling too exposed, plus it's a place to put heavier items on and free up floorspace.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:53 AM   #2
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Top door. You can see the gap under the door (my finger) and the peg solution here The gap at the closing side also looks quite big, but isn't - it's only 5mm

A Kerry gap.jpg

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Plenty of floorspace for enrichment for small dwarf hammies who don't like to feel too exposed

A Kerry enrichment (3).jpg

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Old 10-10-2017, 07:57 AM   #3
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Adding a platform really helps with enrichment and gives more space for floor toys etc. It's also good for heavy things that could squash a hamster if they tunnel under them.

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Spot the hamster in these four!


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Old 10-11-2017, 12:30 AM   #4
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this was the other cage I was considering! how are you getting on with it?
I really have to pull my finger out and review the marakesh cage I got it has been a year after all.
did see your videos aswell. he looks so cute when having his wash lol.
sadly penny has passed.
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:44 AM   #5
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I am so sorry about Penny. I really wanted the Marrakesch! The main difference between the Marrakesch and the Kerry I think is the Marrakesch is suitable for all species of hammies whereas the Kerry, in my opinion, is better for a dwarf hammy. Although may be fine for some average or smaller Syrians, depending on the set up. I just think sometimes Syrian things are bigger and can fill up floorspace too much. The Marrakesch is also pretty escape-proof!
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:15 PM   #6
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True true. you can also remove the front glass to clean it out which I have to say is extremely handy as I don't always have two people around to lift it. but I am very worried about braking the glass while taking it out
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:18 PM   #7
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Great review. Thatís for sharing.
Your set up looks great.

I donít know if I could have a glass tank like this. I imagine Iíd end up smashing it or dropping it.
But they do look so good.
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:39 PM   #8
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I do worry about that myself ha ha. Couldn't have had glass around 3 years ago when Stepson was younger.
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I think it looks amazing and perfect, perfect for your little Nugget. Seeing his very cute face peeking out is so adorable.
Seeing this so makes me want to get one, I've always wanted a robo or russian.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:01 AM   #10
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I do wonder if it's too nice for him lol. I might never see him if he likes burrowing in all that substrate. I'm sure he'll come out sometimes though.
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