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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"



Heating Base of Reptile Cage with Flexwatt


i'm planning to get building my enclosure soon and had one more question for u ( i hope.) If im using melamine as a base can i put the flexwatt heat tape outside the enclousre under the base ? would it still heat the space ...and if so where would i place the probe .".thermostat" in or out side the enclosure .....I havent decided yet on whether to use 1/2 or 3/4 for the base so if u have any suggestions that would be great ...thanks alot     jim


Hi Jim,

I don't mind answering questions at all. I would be inclined to use 3/4 for the reptile cage base. It's stronger and, while heavier, there is more for the securing screws to attach to.

I haven't used Flexwatt underneath a reptile cage. It would work I'm sure as I know of people who put it under tiles on the base of a cage. It's really just heating the material up. It would take a lot longer to reach it's set temperature so you would have to take that into account when testing temperatures.

The probe would be in the reptile cage as that's where you want to measure the temperature. I still think the flexwatt is better inside the cage, even if you put it under soome sort of covering or under the substrate.

Hope this helps



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


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