The Rubbermaid Tub Ideas

We  had high hopes for getting a lot of nice ideas about how to use these new Rubbermaid tubs with the clear front panel, especially since they inspired so much discussion on some of the reptile forums. 

This has not happened.

Whether it’s because reptile keepers haven’t had the time or initiative to actually use these new tubs or have used them but don’t care to send in a comment, the response has been minimal.  As a matter of fact, you will see below that for the most part, the responders have interesting ideas but have not themselves put them into action.
In all fairness to the few people who did take the time to submit a comment, we are publishing the three comments that did arrive.  We hope that others will comment about whether they are actually using these tubs and what their experiences have been.

Kevin & Tamara

We live in Belgium and are working with a large collection of different species of geckos, mostly from Madagascar, Oceania and Asia but also with leopard and viper geckos.

We would use these tubs to keep several different species. Now we use just standard hardware store tubs for keeping geckos that are growing up or have to be kept in quarantine for some reason.
We think the front door would be very nice since with our current tubs the escape factor is bigger and there is more stress involved for the animals since we approach them from above.
Also we think they would stack a lot nicer and with some minor adjustments.  You could also build in some lighting or even put 2 of them together to create more height.
We were not a big fan of keeping our adult geckos in plastic tubs but as mentioned before we would definitely use them as grow-outs for hatchlings, sub- adults or for quarantine purposes and with these new tubs we see many other great possibilities.

The only problem is that they are not available on the European market yet and since we are living in Belgium we are not able to buy them.
Hopefully in the future. . .

Teri Drost 

I have a few ideas running through my head on how with modifications they would be perfect for gargoyle babies.
However, my first thought is simply how perfect they would be for storage in the gecko room!! Not having to take the entire pile apart to get clean dishes from the bottom container?!!? I want at least 4 large just for tidy, easy storage!


These containers look ideal for green tree pythons or Amazon tree boas (depending on tub sizes) as the front opening door would make feeding and cleaning very simple! 🙂

What do you think?

Written by Aliza

Aliza is a home care speech therapist living in the Boston area. She successfully bred a variety of gecko species between 2005 and 2017. She currently cares for a large number of geckos as well as a few frogs and bearded dragons. Other interests which she pursues in her copious free time include work in ceramics, practicing aikido and surfing the internet.


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  1. When I first saw these I was super excited as the first thing I thought of was Geckos, of course!
    I keep mainly Leopard and African Fat-tailed Geckos but recently acquired two Crested Gecko Juvies and I think I may have to pick 2 of these up to try out!
    With a little ventilation modifications and maybe an extra system to secure the front doors I think these will be great!
    I’ll comment again once I’ve tried these out!

  2. We currently have 2 of these that we house Crested Geckos in. They each have 2 2inch round vents cut into the sides. We have had no mold issues the humidity is cycling fine. So far no escapes with no modifications done to the front door. The geckos seem to be very happy in them, we provide lots of vines and bamboo for them to climb on but it seems the geckos love going into the little gaps around the door to sleep. We have had our geckos in them for about 3 months or so and have now decided to purchase more of these Rubbermaid Tubs.

  3. I didn’t even know about these! These look great for some of the skittish species that like solid-sided enclosures (or skittish species that always smack glass). I work with more frogs than geckos and this looks interesting to try for some of the larger frogs I have. Will have to check them out in person to see how likely bug escape is and if the door is strong enough for pushy species (which could be an issue with the snakes mentioned, but you could make latches easy enough). The large size looks like it would fit two wide on a 48″ rack. They look similar enough to some of the prefab reptile cages it might just work!

  4. I have used these for leopard geckos and crested geckos. I prefer them for leopard geckos because they cresties manage to go to the bathroom in the hardest places to clean. I’m planning on getting a few more for my leos that are outgrowing their hatchling bins.

  5. These look perfect for geckos! I am reasearching cheap gecko cage’s and ideas on several foruems and websites and these look like they would be perfect!(After adding ventalation)

  6. Ive recently acquired a group of crested geckos housed in six of these rubbermaids. They can be very convenient for misting, feeding and quick clean ups. But for deep cleaning there are too many nooks and crannies, but an old toothbrush helps. Also there is a gap at the top of the door that babies or small juvies could get out of so sub adult and adults only.
    Mine have rows of holes melted in the sides for ventilation and is seems perfect.
    Personally I like them but really they are a bit tight for large adults.Im moving mine to bigger diy cages soon.But will keep these for emergency caging, hospital cages or sub/small adult cages.

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