Plastic Vials

Thornton's plastic vials are one the most popular line-ups sold to the public. The line-up consists of snap cap, pharmacy, colored, and hinged lid. All of the containers are great for packaging distributors, product retailers, industry applications, craft enthusiests and many more alike. As you look through the products, you will quickly learn that they are made from the highest quality materials but sold at discounted prices. 

Snap Cap Plastic Vials by Thornton

Snap Cap Plastic Vials

A snap cap vial is extremely clear and rigid. They come with a snap-on cap that offers an air-tight seal. Available in several sizes, these are sure to fit your packaging needs. Each is carefully inspected to ensure quality and strength before being shipped. They are measured in Dram units. 
Colored Vials by Thornton

Colored Plastic Vials

Colored vials come in several colors like white, orange, blue and green. They come in sizes from 2.5 dram - 5 dram. They are UV resistant due to the coloring in the plastic. Therefore, these are perfect for small, light-sensitive items that need to be safetly stored and protected from sunlight.
Hinged Lid Vials by Thornton

Hinged Lid Plastic Vials

Hinged lid vials have one piece - lid is attached to the body by a hinged. These are easy to manage because there are less parts. Made of polyethelyene, they are strong which protects items inside. You have the choice between frosted, white, black, green, red, blue, orange, and violet.
Pharmacy Vials by Thornton

Pharmacy Vials

Child resistant pharmacy vials are safe for storing medication. Each vial has been vigorously tested to withstand the curiousity of young children. Each vial comes in several colors: amber, blue, and green. These are found in pharmacies, and despensaries.


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Here we explain how to add ventilation holes to a vial lid...  Read More

How To Add Ventilation Holes To A Plastic Vial Lid So The Spider Can Breath During Transportation

Vent holes allow fresh air to circulate inside the vial. This is essential for the healthy transportation of the spider. The perforations need to be of the right size to allow air flow, but eliminate the chance of the spider escaping. If the holes are too small, the spider won't receive oxygen. If the holes are too big, the spider may escape.

The holes can be poked/drilled in the following ways:

Method 1: Using a screwdriver

Items needed:

  • Miniature Phillips screwdriver
  • An old rag or piece of towel
  • A pencil (optional)
  • Piece of soft rubber


1. Turn the lid upside down and use a pencil to mark where the vent holes will be.
2. Place the lid on pieces of old rags, towel or a piece or rubber. 
3. Firmly press the lid on the rags or rubber and start poking with the Phillips screwdriver.

You may use a sharp razor or 600-grit sandpaper to smoothen the lid. 

Method 2: Using a Power Drill

Items Needed:

  • Power drill
  • A very small drill bit
  • Piece of rubber or softwood
  • Pencil


1. With the lid's inner part facing up mark the areas to be drilled with a pencil. 
2. After marking, place the lid on the rubber or wooden slab. 
3. Set the drill to its slowest speed, hold the lid firmly and start drilling slowly.


Always make sure the drill bit doesn't get too hot as this may melt the plastic thus making large holes.

Always make sure the container has a diameter that is three times that of the tarantula's leg span.

Looking for a sample kit before you decide to purchase? Would you like to test them to ensure they will work for your application? Contact us and we will immediately ship the sample kit to you. Register with our website to be included in our specials and discounts.