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Using Linseed Oil for Internal Snake Cage Finish


I am thinking of an old display cabinet into a snake cage and was wondering if using linseed oil on the inside of the cabinet. Do you know if this would cause any harm to the snakes? Be pleased to hear your comments.




Sounds OK from the point of view of size etc. Linseed oil should be OK. Linseed is available in two forms: raw and boiled.

The raw form is non toxic as far as I know and understand as it is natural flaxseed oil. Boiled linseed is commonly used because it dries faster but may be potentially toxic because of the solvents, metals and fungicides added to it.

If you use raw linseed oil recognise that it will take a lot longer to dry. The boiled form should be OK as there does not seem to be any literature on toxicity but if you really want to be sure, use the raw form - it will be sticky for quite a few days.

Raw linseed oil can take up to three weeks to dry.

The additives in boiled linseed oil decrease its drying time to 16 hours. If you use the boiled form, I would still leave it for several days (week preferably) to thoroughly dry and ensure any potentially toxic vapours are released.

My personal preference is for some of the quality polyurethanes available. They are very hard wearing, easy to apply and quick to dry. The technology of paint has improved significantly from shellac and linseed oil, although the still have their place for certain finishes. As with any painted surface on the inside of a homemade reptile cage you need to give it sufficient time to dry and release any potentially harmful vapours before placing your reptile in the cage.




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


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