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Posted by chris_harper2 on May 04, 2003 at 12:13:42:
In Reply to: heating posted by chris_harper2 on May 04, 2003 at 12:02:52:
Depending on what type of species you keep will determine how "tight" you have to make the room.
If you keep species that will produce tiny hatchlings, put a very tight threshold on the door or attach a thick rubber skirt to the bottom of your door (or both).
Cover all vents, etc. with wire mesh and make sure your sink area does not have gaps behind it that will be impossible to search in case of a hatchling escape.
Make sure your adult cages or the shelving they sit on also have any unsearchable gaps filled in.
Best that everything can be moved away from walls in case a baby jumps to the floor while you're cleaning and runs on you.
For all I know you only work with ball pythons so this may be a non-issue. It's a huge concern with my collection.
Another issue is the ceiling. A drop ceiling may not be best if you keep moderately large snakes that could push up on it if they escaped their enclosure.
If this is the case, try to build the herp room in a part of the basement that won't need to accessed in the future by plumbers, electricians, etc. Access to these things is why drop ceilings are so common in basements. I'm sure you can find part of your basement where a room with a solid ceiling won't be a problem.