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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"



Cleaning Reptile Cages - Keeping Them Healthy

Before you bring a reptile home you should ensure your cage set up and ready to house them straight away. An part of this is to make sure the cage and materials are clean and disinfected. Rocks should be boiled for 20 minutes before being put in a cage.

Similarly sand should be thoroughly rinsed with water and placed in a hot oven (200-250 degrees F) for 30 minutes and cooled down before you use it in a cage.

Branches should also be wash and heated to the same temperature to remove any organisms.

Cages should be cleaned daily of fecal matter and uneaten food.

When you clean your cages, using warm soapy water and wash areas thoroughly. You should disinfect your cages on a regular basis.

Cleaning Schedule How often you clean your cage will depend on the size and habitat of your herp. For example, cages of large iguanas require more work than those of a snake. Read as much as possible about your pet to determine the best cleaning schedule.

In general you should:

  • Daily to remove spills, uneaten food, shed skin and waste materials.
  • Clean food and water dishes daily when providing fresh food and water.
  • Clean and disinfect the entire cage, substrate, and decorations weekly.

The use of rubber or latex gloves are recommended during cleaning.

You should wash your hands thoroughly after every contact and every cleaning procedure, no matter how brief, to avoid transmission of harmful bacteria.

Ideally you should wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap or sanitizing lotion.

For the more thorough cleaning or removing stubborn materials you may need to relocate your herp to a clean spare cage.

Make sure you cage is free of fumes and is dry before returning your pet.

Wash food and water dishes in hot soapy water and dry thoroughly and use a disinfectant or antibacterial soap to sanitize. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, leaving no trace of soap or disinfectant behind as these may be harmful to your pet.

If you want to make the cleaning process more efficient, consider having two or more sets of dishes. By doing so, you can quickly and easily replace one set while it is being cleaned.

It is important to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.

Cleaning is the washing and removal of waste materials and unwanted matter.

Disinfecting is the process of killing harmful bacteria, fungi and removing or minimizing viruses. Cleaned surfaces can still have disease causing bacteria and other harmful agents.

You also need to ensure that the disinfectant is strong enough to kill harmful bacteria and yet be safe enough for your herp.

It is important to use reptile-safe products per instruction and to thoroughly rinse disinfected items after they have been treated.

As reptiles are sensitive to fumes (this applies to humans as well) keep your reptile in another room while disinfecting their enclosure. Most of the disinfecting products will produces fumes so treat the cage materials in a well ventilated area (open the windows if you have them) and use gloves and even safety goggles.

You should clean the area thoroughly before disinfecting to remove soiled matter and allow the disinfectant to work more effectively.

Disinfectants should be given adequate time to work so allow at least 10 minutes of contact with the disinfectant.

Thoroughly rinse and dry all items are before reassembling or placing them back in the habitat.

Household bleach is one of the most inexpensive and readily available disinfectants. You can make a disinfecting bleach solution by mixing 1 part bleach to 16 parts water (or 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water). Apply this bleach solution to the cleaned cage, decorations, and accessories for 5-10 minutes then rinse thoroughly with clean water.


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

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