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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"



Childrens Python not Feeding


Hi, my name is Denise, I have two childrens pythons, born in December last year, so they are still babies, the female is eating well, but my male Loui has stopped eating altogether, I have tried live and frozen pinkies, but he is not interested in them, he has not eatin now for about three months, so I am getting a bit concerned, could you please give me some advice, I would realy appreciate it, thankyou

Kind Regards : Denise


Hi Denise,

I'm asuming a few things about this.
1) The cage temperature is OK
2) You have hide boxes etc for them in the cages.

I take mine out of the cage to feed. If you do this, make sure you feed them is in a confined space, preferably somewhere they cannot see out from. Even a darkened shoebox held together with tape and some small holes if you need to. Try to disturb the snake as little as possible and leave him in a darker area when you have the pinky in with him.

You can alos try scenting the pinkies with skinks or lizards as they feed on these in the wild. Scenting means washing the pinky with some water and then rubbing a skink ot lizard over the pinky.

You can try feeding live again or you could try braining a dead pinkie. Braining a pinkie means cutting open the mouse's skull and exposing the brain fluid. Gory, I know.

When I started mine on dead pinkies I used to shake the pinky in front of it's nose. I took quite a while for one of them to start on this.

Three months is quite a while but young snakes can go for 6 months or more without food. (One owner I know says they can go for up to 12 months)

I would keep offering the snake food every couple of weeks and he should take it at some point.

I'm not sure where you live but you should probably see a vet if the snake has not eaten after about 6 months or even earlier as there may be a parasitic problem or bacterial infection.

There are a list of vets from this site http://www.anapsid.org/vets/index.html

You could also try force feeding the snake but this is a fairly drastic measure that should not be taken lightly. It may be useful to get some assistance from an experienced herp owner before doing this.

Another place you could ask for help is on one of the many forums around on the web. There is a forum at http://aussiepythons.com that specializes in Australian pythons and they may have some other ideas. There is also an article on my site here.


Thanks for your good advice, Loui my snake ate his pinkie. What you said worked well, the shoe box thing. I am in China at the moment and I was very happy that Loui ate the night before I left, thankyou again for your great advice.

Kind Regards Denise


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