- Spider Plants
- Snake Plants (Sanseveria sp.)
- Dwarf Schefflera
- Ponytail Palms
- African Violets
But are they Edible?
This is not as simple a questions as it seems. Different references tend to list different plants, and there are species differences in tolerance as well. There are some plants listed above that are considered safe for herps to eat, but if you have a herbivore or omnivore, it is a good idea to double check any live plant choices against the toxic plant lists above. You can also see Kaplan's list of edible plants for guidance.
Some plants may be classified as toxic if their sap is an irritant. With these you need to use your discretion: for reptiles and amphibians who don't nibble plants these might be okay, though some people prefer to avoid them (e.g. in case broken branches lead to skin or eye irritation). However, if you have a herbivore or omnivore, these may be best avoided as they can be irritating to the digestive tract as well.
If you go to a knowledgeable nursery or plant shop, you should be able get help in choosing safe plants suitable for your terrarium conditions. Some other lists and resources you might find helpful are:
Plants to Avoid:
- Plants Dangerous to Your Reptile or Amphibian (Animal Planet's Reptile Guide)
- Toxic Plants - also by Scientific Name (University of California Davis)
- Harmful Plants - compiled from "The Reptile Keeper's Handbook" on Melissa Kaplan's site - this very extensive list is broken down by A-G, H-N, O-Z, and Plants Causing Mechanical Injury.