Snake Cage

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Project by ToddO posted 01-18-2009 04:59 AM 2511 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even though it’s not allowed in my house, my daughter needed a new cage for her snake. I made it out of poplar and ply. She’s going to paint it when she goes back to college. I turned the “tree” out of pine and added dowels so it can climb up to its hideaway box in the corner. It appears that snakes need a little alone time now and then. It measures 24” x 24” x 60” (with the base stand), thanks for looking.

-- Todd, Richfield MN

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 06:08 AM

What did you use for the clear panels? Plexi, glass? I have a half finished aviary in my shop that needs “glass” panels and I’m not sure what to use yet.

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 08:46 AM

I would recommend also lining the bottom with a plexi panel to make cleaning easier. Snakes urinate too, after all. Even with shavings in the bottom, cleanup will be much easier with a liner.

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 01:07 PM

If you dont put a liner on the bottom, it will be a pee sponge and you will never get rid of the smell. I would form a tray with sides. Also, be careful to cover the hoe with a screen so the critter does not have an escape hole.

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#4 posted 01-18-2009 01:28 PM

mmmmm…snake cage… isn’t that what they call outside of the house??

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#5 posted 01-18-2009 04:05 PM

Shannon, Yes I used plexi glass for the panels, unfortunately, the panels are .093 thick and my rail & stile bit makes a .25 groove. So I had to fill the gaps with thin strips of wood so the panels wouldn’t rattle around too much. I think clear silicon in the grooves would have been a better idea.
I cut a piece of pond liner for the bottom to keep the urine off the wood. I would have painted the bottom with some sort of exterior paint if there was more time. She and the snake goes back to college today so there wouldn’t be enough time for the paint to completely cure before the rodent eater takes up its new home. The hole in the back is for a waterfall that’ll sit over it so it shouldn’t be able to get out of it.
I had to put the second latch in case the snake tried to push the door open and get out. I told my daughter that if the thing tries that hard to get away maybe it isn’t meant be kept as a pet, she didn’t agree with me.

-- Todd, Richfield MN

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