Building a Reptile Cage

Some people prefer having reptiles as pets rather than the more conventional dogs or cats. If you’re someone who loves having exotic animals, such as reptiles, for your pets, choosing the right cage for them is a priority. Even more so if you expect the reptile to grow to a certain size. Reptiles such as lizards, snakes, and alligators need to be placed in large reptile cages for proper and safe enclosure.

Your cage as home deco.Buying a ready made cage sold at a pet store may provide you with both advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that you get a ready for use cage at a reasonable price. The disadvantages may be in finding the proper spot to place it and the incompatibility with your home furnishing. It will look like a piece of a stands alone furniture that does not belong to the rest of your furniture set.

So… I had one small space available in the facility and was contemplating adding a couple large setups for leachies. Instead, I went out and purchased 4 screen enclosures measuring 18″X18″X24″. The plan was to set up 4 separate pairs of crested geckos, maintain and breed the groups, and compare the results.

Obviously, before moving forward, I had some thoughts on what to concentrate on. Ease of maintenance (feeding and misting), ease of cleaning, ability to hold humidity, and finally which setup- glass or screen- the geckos preferred. Ok, so that last one would be based more on my perception than from first hand accounts.

Some pet owners have difficulty in finding the right cages due to size problems or issues on quality. Fortunately you can find a range of cage making plans online, wherein you will only need to follow the right instructions and procure the right materials for your cage. This means that you can build your cage using the right materials, and you can monitor on its quality and durability as well.

Secures safety of your geckos. The cage should be made out of safe materials and provide safety as well. Wood and glass or acrylic panels are the perfect materials for a gecko cage. Geckos are not able to climb or stick on smooth surfaces of glass or acrylic, hence preventing them to climb and escape through the top of the cage.

Since it was springtime when I moved the 4 groups, and you know what men’s fancies turns to in spring- yes, that’s right baseball and fishing- observations were limited to quick feedings and mistings. I did notice that I could mist the screen tanks straight on or higher in the enclosure whereas with the glass enclosures with the screen tops, mistings had to come from above only. Not a big issue but something to consider.

Stackable gecko cages. This is a perfect solution if you wish to care for multiple geckos. Why not just put all your geckos in one big cage? We know that geckos do not get friendly to each other very easy. It is quite often geckos are fighting each other if put together. The solution is to place them in a separate cage. If you have space problems, there are cages available that can be easily and nicely stacked up to 6 cages.

This was a small matter that spring, summer and even into the fall. However, this past winter was different. As humidity levels usually drop substantially in Midwest homes during this time, I found the glass enclosures drying out quicker than before and in the screen setups, drying out almost as quickly as I could mist. They were misted twice daily! I purchased a spray misting hose that I could hook up to the faucet that made this task almost effortless. However, this still meant attending to these 4 every morning and evening. This was a significant issue for me, due to family and work commitments. It may be for you as well.

Since it was springtime when I moved the 4 groups, and you know what men’s fancies turns to in spring- yes, that’s right baseball and fishing- observations were limited to quick feedings and mistings. I did notice that I could mist the screen tanks straight on or higher in the enclosure whereas with the glass enclosures with the screen tops, mistings had to come from above only. Not a big issue but something to consider. reptile supplies.

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