These reptile cage making tips are not comprehensive by any means but they will hopefully help those of you who want to build your own snake or lizard cage.
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If at any time you feel frustrated or stuck, walk away and think about it for a while.
Rather than persist, I have found it is better to give yourself a break for a bit. Often the solution to the problem will come to you when you least expect it or you will be more relaxed to tackle something that have found difficult.
It is important to know the needs of you reptile before you start even designing a reptile cage.
Ask yourself questions like:
o Is it an arboreal enclosure or terrestrial or a bit of both?
o Does your herp need lots of water?
o Would it do well with a sandy cage or desert vivarium setup?
o What sort of substrate is best?
o Do you want sliding doors, perspex doors – drop down or swinging or a wooden/glass/perspex combination? Each of these has advantages and disadvantages. Think about how you would like to access you herp
o Do you want openings at the top or sides as well?
Another question you need to consider is what materials will you make the snake or lizard cage from? There are quite a few choices and you need to spend some time find out about this.
Have a reptile cage plan and draw it up. It may take quite a few sketches before you get it right or satisfy yourself that it is what you want. Draw your final cage from different angles. Use a ruler and pencil to make accurate pictures of your reptile enclosure so you get your measurements correct. Drawing from different angles, eg side view, front view, top view, back view will allow you to not only get your measurements correct but helps to give you visual cues when you start making it.