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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 ".


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Snake Cage Size

Mark Chapple

The size of a reptile’s enclosure is very important. This guide will help you to decide what size your enclosure should be, based on the adult size of your herp.

I know of one person who has made a home for their Burmese python in their basement. This is a great idea as this snake will get very large and will have ample room to move. Similarly I also know of cases where 7-8 ft snakes are kept in cages of 3ftx18in that are totally inadequate.

Snakes enclosures should be at least about 2/3 of the length of the snake, and ½ their length wide. While snakes do not need to stretch out fully, they do need to stretch enough to expand their lungs for proper respiration. Snake also shed regularly and they need room to be able to do this, as well as have objects in the cage that will enable them to catch their skin when shedding.

The snake cage also needs a temperature gradient. If a snake cage is too small it will not create a sufficiently broad temperature gradient that will allow the snake to remain fully at one end or the other, ie totally remain in the warm end or the cool end.

Snakes also need to be able to turn around properly in a cage. Snake also like to move around when they are ‘looking’ for food or even just moving around.

Juvenile snakes like too be kept in smaller cages as these are less threatening and stressful. It is a good idea to plan to have 2-3 changes in cage size as your snake grows from a juvenile snake to a small snake to larger snake. If you know your snake will continue to grow, you need to have an idea of the final cage size you will require.

The larger the cage, the more comfortable the snake, so make or get the largest enclosure you can afford that is suitable to where the herp will be housed.


Mark Chapple is the Author of "How to build enclosures for reptiles"
Find out how to build these cages as well as arboreal cages.Full color pictures, detailed diagrams and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.


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