5 Best Terrarium Waterfalls for Reptile & Amphibian Enclosures

Incorporating a waterfall into your terrarium is a wonderful addition to any reptile or amphibian enclosure.

These elements not only add tremendous visual appeal, but they also help to stimulate your pet’s natural drinking behaviors (in ways that still water can’t) and add beneficial humidity. Any anole, for example, will love it!

Below are some of the best terrarium waterfalls to incorporate into your reptile’s or amphibian’s tank that both you and your pet will love.

In a hurry or just curious?

Buyer’s Tip: These specific terrarium waterfalls are MOST popular with our readers. 

Tetra Decorative ReptoFilter

Tetra Decorative ReptoFilter, Terrarium Filtration, Keeps Water Clear

Designed with multi-purpose functionality in mind, The Tetra ReptoFilter servers not only as a decorative waterfall, but also a filter and basking platform!

The Tetra ReptoFilter is intended for shallow-water aquatic environments only and is recommended to be used with any frog, newt, and turtle enclosure.

Included are two medium-sized bio bag filters that keep the water clean and odor-free.

ReptoFilter’s natural and realistic design makes it a great focal point that can be proudly displayed by owners in any 10-55 gallon terrarium.

In addition to large intake holes that prevent clogging, the ReptoFilter includes an 8-foot power cord and a 90 gallons per hour filter. This unit must be placed in a corner.

Both min and max fill lines are prominently displayed on the back of the unit and measure approximately 4.25″ and 6.25″ respectively.

I personally recommend this waterfall to anyone who needs a good filter to keep the water clean and wants to make their terrarium look natural.

Exo Terra Pebble Waterfalls

Exo Terra Pebble Waterfalls, Medium

Exo Terra Pebble Waterfalls offer a unique yet gentle waterfall element that is available in three sizes: small (~6 ½”), medium (~8″), and large (~10 ½”).

In addition to various models whose dimensions increase in height, the base (which also acts as a reservoir) also scales proportionally as you get into the bigger sizes.

Constructed from high-density polyresin, this terrarium waterfall is very sturdy and heavy almost as if you’re picking up a rock. Consequently, this structure is not able to be easily tipped over by your reptiles.

And with a completely solid 360 design, you don’t need to worry about your reptile getting inside the unit and inuring themselves or drowning. Nonetheless, there is a special notch (read: hole) that runs along the backside just large enough to run the power cord out of.

In terms of what terrarium setup this waterfall would suit best, Exo Terra Pebble Waterfalls don’t have many limitations species wise since it can be used for a wide variety of topical and semi-tropical reptiles.

And regardless of the size you choose, each model pulls apart nicely into multiple pieces for cleaning purposes. 

Buyer’s Tip: Both the medium and large units feature a special cavity that fits an optional fogger.

The setup is both easy and intuitive, and you should feel confident knowing what goes where simply by looking at it.

While this pebble waterfall looks great placed into any corner, it’s versatile structure doesn’t have limitations on where you’re able to station it.

If you’re looking for an easy way to add running water to your terrarium without the hassle of creating one yourself, then I highly recommend this unit.

Zoo Med Naturalistic Terrarium Waterfall Kit

Zoo Med Naturalistic Terrarium Waterfall Kit

Are you someone who likes to roll up their sleeves and DIY? If so, this next terrarium waterfall might be for you!

This Zoo Med Terrarium Waterfall kit comes with all the hardware you need to create your own waterfall so you get it just how you’d like it.

Each waterfall kit includes a water pump, hydro balls, a terrarium mesh, plastic tubing, and a plastic elbow so you can ultimately create the water feature you desire!

However, you may end up needing more hydro balls than what is included with the kit if you have a rather large terrarium. If this is the case, there are hydro balls that can be purchased separately so plan and accommodate your needs accordingly.

I recommend this budget-friendly waterfall kit to anyone who wants to create a custom waterfall inside their pet’s terrarium.

Hagen Exo Terra Tiki Waterfall

Hagen Exo Terra Tiki Waterfall (Small)

Looking to add some flair and personality to your reptile’s enclosure? This Hawaiian Tiki waterfall is a unique and fun way to incorporate a waterfall feature inside your terrarium.  

Reptile enthusiasts agree that the flowing water sound is very pleasant and relaxing.

This unit is actually two pieces that can be used separately if you desire. For instance, an enclosure that has both a dry and wet side can use the tiki head by itself as a fountain on the wet side, and the reservoir as a water bowl on the dry side. 

Buyer’s Tip: Looking for something larger? This particular Tiki Waterfall has a larger model available with dimensions that are 12.4 x 12.4 x 15 inches!

Zoo Med Repti Rapids LED Skull Waterfall

Zoo Med Repti Rapids LED Skull Waterfall Natural Rock Reptiles Terrariums Medium

Another great waterfall option from Zoo Med is the Repti Rapids. This Repti Rapids features not only an eye-catching skull design, but also LED lighting that can be controlled independently from the waterfall. 

Available in two sizes, this is a great option for those looking to add a unique look to their terrarium.


Including a water element inside your terrarium is a great way to increase its visual appearance and provide a more natural environment for your reptile or amphibian.

I hope this list makes choosing one that meets easier.

Do you have a favorite terrarium waterfall that didn’t make the list? If so, leave it in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your suggestions!


I’m Stacey, the owner of this website and lifelong reptile lover, caretaker, and educator. Here you will find everything from information on how to care for reptiles, to even how to give your reptiles the best fighting chances against a range of common reptile diseases and illnesses, and everything in between!

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