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Posted by BrianSmith on May 06, 2003 at 02:18:21:
In Reply to: Proper Housing Requirements for a Juvie Retic?? posted by susanpearl on May 05, 2003 at 21:28:04:
Your retic will grow fast if you feed him well, so anything you get for him now he will outgrow within a few months. So you may want to shoot for something cost effective. As he would stress if he was housed in a cage too large, you should get him something about 3 feet, by two feet. How tall it is isn't as important as the width and depth. But if you want to save a lot of money and still provide him with an adequate but temporary cage, walmart, target and many other discount stores carry a wide range of locking sweater or "storage" boxes that would work just fine for him. To the bottom of one end you can attach a small flexwatt heat tape strip. (as I heat whole rooms and don't use flexwatt you will need to ask other herpers that use flexwatt the best and safest ways to use this) I think it is a good idea to attach either a dimmer switch or a thermostat to the heat tape. Don't forget to drill 3/8 inch air holes around the top of the box for ventilation. Newspaper is a terrific bedding.
:I recently acquired a juvie male retic. I just measured him and he is about 40 inches long. I know that for a boa, the recommended enclosure should enable the boa to make an "L" with his/her body.
:The boas I own are roughly 3-4 feet, but are considerable thicker than my male retic. Does the same housing principle apply for retics?
:Please let me know....