More and more individuals are being turned onto the adventure of owning a reptile. But with these animals also comes the responsibility of maintaining them in the right environment. Knowing how to build reptile cages is something that will make this transition easier for you and the new pet.
There are countless places to go to for plans but before you venture there you have to know a little about what you will be housing. Certain animals have specific needs and if those needs are not precisely met it could spell disaster. Once you know which type of animal you want then you will need to do some research to make sure that your selection is feasible.
For instance, chameleons will not drink from water unless it is moving so having a water bowl in a cage will result in a dehydrated lizard. Knowing these little tidbits about your pet will make the transition much smoother.
You will also have to take into consideration where the structure will be located. It will need access to a wall outlet and there needs to be ample room for cleaning. Research how large the animal will become so that it doesn’t soon outgrow its home. Also, it is a good idea to take into account that you might want to add another pet in the future. Having a cage large enough to accommodate another pet will eliminate having to build a second structure.
Your enclosure needs to have vinyl flooring- even if it is covered in mulch or grass. This will keep moisture from water bowls, humidity or waste from rotting the floor out. It will also be easier to clean and will resist mold and mildew much better.
The preferred material for the sides should be glass, if at all possible. This is not only much easier to clean, but it gives a much clearer view of the animal. And, it helps to retain heat for their delicate bodies. Plexiglas will also work and will be a lighter material and has the added bonus of being virtually unbreakable.
It is also a good idea to talk to others who can give you personal experiences on how to build reptile cages. They can give you hints, advice on what to stay away from and personal knowledge that you might not readily find on a website. After all, nothing beats personal experience.