|Project by trotter||posted 09-11-2012 01:28 AM||2835 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Here’s a recent commission. We have a client who breeds pythons and boa constrictors, and wanted to ship a Burmese Python (python molarus bivittatus) to Mexico. This specimen weighed 68kgs and measured 17 feet long. When you ship a snake like this, you do not make a box 17 feet long and nine inches square. The snake must however be comfortable, be able to move about without being thrown about, and be kept warm. So the final dims were inches LWH 60×30 x 10. Any wooden packing or containers shipped internationally must now be heat treated after manufacture to kill bugs, beetles and fungus—unless the container is entirely made from ‘manufactured’ timber. Hence the whole project was made from ½ inch ply.
The outer framework was two layers of ply screwed together onto the panels and routed after manufacture. The rope handles allowed easy lifting and folded down naturally so that the outer dims were not increased (and thus increasing the freight costs). It had to be lined with 2inch polystyrene for insulation, and a warm temperature was maintained with heat pads laid under a false ply floor (pic 5). Ventilation holes were covered from the inside with mesh to discourage fingers poking in or forked tongue poking out. Several hasps were added to ensure that nobody ‘took a quick peek’ en route. I made a smaller container for a Mexican King Snake (lampropeltis getula nigrata). Both arrived safely in Cancun.
-- I wish I could sell my experience for half the price it has cost me.