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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"



Converting Speakers for a Snake Cage


I have a couple of big timber Kenwood speakers that I was thinking about converting one into a snake enclosure. Will your book help me convert it??? I think it will be big enough but at this stage I'm not too sure how big the enclosure should be for a childrens python.

Also, am I right in saying that I will pick up a newborn around November, or should I be looking AND BUILDING earlier than that????

What do you suggest is the best Childrens Python?? Stimsoni, Childreni or the Maculosa?? A guy at the petshop said that the Maculosa is probably the more "Bite Prone" than the other two. I am interested in your thoughts.


Depends on the size of the speaker. Children's will get to about 1m (say) so the length of the cage will need to be at least 600mm long and 300 deep (obviously bigger is better for the snakes but as long as they can move about fairly easily.

The book will give you some pointers and ideas so you can make the cages. Basically you would have a frame already and that will save a lot of time. You can then you can just make the necessary alterations.

A newborn will live in a small cage for up to 12 months (I know it sounds a long time but they don't need a lot of space when they are juvenile - in fact I think smaller is better for young snakes (many owners believe causes them less stess - big wide world is a scary place for a little snake I suppose)

Childreni and Malucosa are the most commonly kept and they both make good pets. Many think the malucosa is more docile. Mine are malucosa (spotted) and they were pretty nippy, particularly the female, when they were young. They are good now as adults and I have not been bitten or struck at for a long time. Like all snakes, they will be nippy when young, so be prepared as you get bitten until the snake is comfortable with being handled (I defy any snake owner to say they have not been bitten). Gloves are useful if you are new to handling them.

There is an article on my website about socializing snakes that may be of some use here. I also feed them in a separate container so that when I put my hand into the cage they are not expecting food. I think this helps reduce being struck.

Hope this all helps.


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.