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Wooden Enclosure

Discussion in 'General Construction' started by Brewster320, Apr 10, 2008.

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  1. Brewster320

    Brewster320 Elite Member

    Well my family is in the middle of moving and i was going through the stuff in the basement and i found a white shelf unit box type thing lol that you stack on top of one another. so i took one and possibly in the future once we move i was thinking about turning it into a wooden enclosure for possibly a small lizard species or a young/small snake species, it'll most likely become a new home for a young corn snake or a new home for my leopard geckos.

    the shelf unit is roughly 13.25" x 13.75" x 14" and i did the math and its roughly 10 1/5 gallons. i was thinking of siliconing the sides so nothing can get in or can get out and to make it water proof. and for the front put a sheet of plexi-glass and cuts some of it out or cut it in half to make a door. also i was thinking of leaving the self in there as an upper leaving giving it more floor space, and unless i did the math wrong it would make the floor space of the enclosure equal to a 21gallon terrarium. the one problem is the heating. i've heard that Under Tank Heater used with wooden enclosures can start a fire and thats the last thing i need so can someone confirm that? and also i don't want to use a lamp as a heat source because if this works good i'd like to make more so i can increase my collection while at the same taking up very little space by stacking the enclosures. thanks for the help i'll try to get some pictures of the shelf unit soon.
     
  2. Brewster320

    Brewster320 Elite Member

    Re: Wooden Enclosure?

    these images aren't very good quality because the only digital camera i have that works is a cheap computer camera i have. the blurry sticks are 12" rulers to give an idea of size.

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  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Re: Wooden Enclosure?

    Looks good.
    What I would do is to coat the inside with 3 coats of water based polyurethane, and then run a bead of aquarium sealant down all the joints. Just make certain that the door you make is close fitting and secure. You would be amazed how little space it takes for a snake to escape.
     
  4. Brewster320

    Brewster320 Elite Member

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    ya haha a while ago when i used to have all my other reptiles before my father made me get ride of them:( i had a snow corn escape frum a tiny tear in the screen on his cage lucky he didn't go to far, he was trying to get into my leopard geckos cage. lucky for the geckos their cage was more secure than the snakes.

    thanks for your input though. only thing i need to know now is how should i heat it with out burning down my house while still saving space?
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Re: Wooden Enclosure?

    There are comercially available heating pads that are designed to be used inside the enclosure.
    There are also radiant heat panels.
     
  6. Brewster320

    Brewster320 Elite Member

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    thank you i'm going to write all this infomation down so once i'm done moving i can get to work!
     
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