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Posted by MysticHerps on February 05, 2003 at 22:00:10:
In Reply to: Cage design questions. posted by poisonfrog420 on February 04, 2003 at 13:47:49:
Remember to make them so you can take them apart since those dimensions wont fit thru a standard door.
Now to the lights.... I dont cover florescents up, i just hang the light fixtures up and call it good. Florescents dont give off much heat, and there isnt an issue of shorting one out as long as its not condensating in the cage. Hang them as close to the top as you can ( 1/2" is fine) so your animal cant get on top of them. OR hang them securely so if they do get on top of them ( i had iguanas that used them as lounges) the wont come down. Also make sure all pinch points are covered so they cant get a toe stuck.
The heat lamp is going to need a metal wire box build around it to keep the chance of burns down to a minimum.
Paint the plywood at your discression. I dont paint the wood in my cages, but i do cover the floor with either plastic sheeting, or lenolium (sp)
:I am going to build two cages one on top of the other. They will be 4' long 3' wide and 4' tall. The main question is how do you put the lights in the cage. On all other cages I have built I have put a screen lid and put the lights on top, but since I am going to stack them I do not want to take up the extra space. I have seen cages with the lights in side, but how do you keep the lizards from getting near them? Do you just not have any branchs that go up that high? Does plywood that has been painted with outdoor paint work? Thanks, Jacob.