Backyard Safari Outfitters Land & Water Lighted Habitat Review (Summit Toys)

What It Is

Kids can observe nature naturally with the Backyard Safari Outfitters Land & Water Lighted Habitat. Kids can fill the habitat with bugs, frogs, or turtles, and view them all through the habitat's clear dome. There is a built-in pool (just add water) for amphibious creatures, and the sculpted terrain allows kids to view the creatures in a realistic setting. To complete the effect, a scenic backdrop is included to create an even more natural setting for the critters. For viewing the creatures at night, switch on the built-in light to observe the creatures' nocturnal habits.

The added port feature allows kids to doc the capture core from a Backyard Safari Bug Vac, which is sold separately, to safely transfer bugs into the habitat. But kids can also use a net or their hands to scoop up the critters and place them in the habitat.

To help populate the habitat, the product comes with a coupon for a free tadpole from You'll have to pay $7.99 for shipping and handling and allow 4–6 weeks for delivery.

The Land & Water Lighted Habitat also comes with a Pop-Up Field Guide with information about different types of bugs.

Is It Fun?

This is a way for kids to get up close and personal with nature. For kids who like to explore the great outdoors, this is a fun and functional tool for them to use. Curious kids will like looking through the clear dome to watch the critters in action. Of course, kids will have to get their hands a little dirty in order to catch the critters, so this is definitely for kids who aren't afraid of bugs, lizards, and other creatures.

Who It’s For

The Land & Water Lighted Habitat is for ages 5 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

Two AAA batteries are required but not included.

The packaging and instruction guide for this toy list frogs, lizards, small fish, crawfish, turtles, snakes, and bugs as creatures kids can catch and watch. We're not sure that kids will be able to tell the difference between a garden snake, for instance, and something a little more dangerous. Parents will want to supervise kids and provide specific guidance about what creatures are and aren't appropriate for this type of play.

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  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    2 AAA batteries required