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expanded PVC & radiant heat panels.


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Posted by chris_harper2 on May 10, 2003 at 10:12:29:

In Reply to: Need HELP and info ASAP!!! posted by Krystal19_85 on May 09, 2003 at 19:40:35:

Hi Krystal,

I sent a long response to your e-mail but probably did not address a few issues. I did not recommend the glass, of course, due to potential flex issues and instead recommended expanded PVC available at sign shops, etc.

A simple tray of this material added to the bottom will probably be sufficent for a ball python. That will take care of water spills and deficate/urates deposited directly on the cage floor. Maybe silicon in a sheet onto the floor and then use 2" strips for the sides.

A strip of heat tape or an UTH under the PVC tray will be an excellent and safe way to heat the cages due to the heat conductivity of the PVC. This will also keep you from "cooking" the snake in the cage above if using a radiant heat panel.

Typically with a radiant heat panel you leave and air space between two cages stacked on top of each other. With your cages the ceiling of one cage will be the floor for the one above.

Radiant heat panels "might" work, but if they don't it's potentially dangerous.

If you add enough ventilation the humidity will be so low that the vinyl on the walls should hold up fine. If starts to bubble go back in and line the walls and ceiling with the PVC.

I would not trust any epoxy or oil-based sealer to stick to the vinyl coating. Regarding their toxicity mentioned earlier, oil-based products and epoxies have been used extensively in fish and insect/spider enclosures with no apparent harm to the inhabitants. If they are safe once the cured (offgassing for these species they will be safe for a BP.

But they probably won't stick to vinyl.


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