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I am ... very happy with your plans, the organization that you have put into it and I am extremely happy with the response I have gotten from you when I have encountered a problem.
It sure does save money. At the same time it allows me and others like me to experience making the cage for our animal (animals) that we care so much about. I think that when someone takes the time to sit down and make something like this for their animal it really shows how much they care for them and respect them.

With your plans you can also alter the cage to each and everyone's specifications, or needs. I think what you are doing is wonderful and I want to thank you again.

Robert Hansford


"This is going to make an 11 year old and his lizard Rex very happy".


Spent $108.00 at Lowes, another $65.00 at Home Depot buying things that Lowes didn't have..... Spending time with my son in a hardware store.... PRICELESS!"


"Overall, the best thing I have found from the cage designs... is that:
They work!!!!

They allow you to view and touch your Iguana from all sides, This is a must!

Once you have the material list you don't go back to the hardware store.

Just follow the instructions and it comes out perfect.

Your maintenance will be much easier.

Your iguana will thank you

Once again, you will have built something cool. "

Regards and best to all our Green Iguana friends, Lance and Joey Portwood Glidden, Texas ".


"Very well thought-out designs"



Adapting Reptile Cage Plans to Suit Your Needs

Many if the people who make their own snake or other reptile cages adapt other snake enclosure designs or continue to improve on the designs they have already used.

When you adapt a snake cage design from basic plan you can use it to make a reptile or snake cage to suit your own needs. You may have a space that is not quite suitable for the size of the original design. You may want to adapt a half built cage, a closet or an old cupboard. You may want to make a specific length, height or width. You may have limited access to materials or you may have an existing stockpile of materials that want to use.

In all cases, it is important to have a clear idea of what you want the finished product to look like and how you are going to construct it.

Detailed plans can contain a lot of important information for building reptile cages, but you should remember they are not definitive. For example many people who have used the “How to Build Reptile Enclosures” book from this site have altered the plans, in some cases quite significantly, to suit their needs and their skills.

While they all acknowledge the benefits of using the book as a launching point for their cage building, they found it helped them think about how they might construct a snake or other reptile cage and the sorts of things that are needed in reptile cage eg heat mats, basking lights, UV lights, misting systems, substrates, decorations such as artificial walls, artificial trees and branches, and how these can be made and placed in the cage.

It also gave them valuable information about construction techniques, making cages stronger and some useful hints and tips.

Click here for some examples of cages made by people who purchased the “How to build reptile enclosures” below. The original plans have been used by each of these individuals as a starting point for their cages and then adapted to suit their needs and skills.

Many people do not want to adapt the cages but want to build them exactly as described then there is enough information to allow you to do that to. Either way, a plan is an important part of the building process.

The main thing is to have some fun building something for yourself and your pet (and save a bit of money).


Mark Chapple is the Author of"How to Build Reptile Enclosures"
Find out how to find snake house, how to build a snake cage and reptile cages as well as arboreal cages. Full color pictures, detailed diagrams and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions. Full color pictures, detailed diagrams and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.

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