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Posted by michael56 on November 02, 2002 at 10:42:11:
In Reply to: Re: I revamped my N. erythrogaster setup... posted by Pierson on November 02, 2002 at 07:45:50:
Great idea Pierson, I love the fore-thought of the "spacer" in the gravel bed!
I have only experimented with a few ideas of my own with regard to semiaquatic set-ups (mostly for snappers) since all my present terrariums have under tank heaters.
1) to use weighted trays/ice-cream buckets of appropriate size for the snake as islands. Some with lids, some not. Cut holes in top or side of container.These act as hides or open basking sites. The tank is "flooded" to the desired depth, water filtered if wanted. Cleaning - lift out the islands, siphon/fill.
2) there is a reinforced plastic (looks like carboard), comes in 4ft x 8ft x 1/4" sheets, many colours and can be found at building supply stores. It is easy to cut AND since it has two walls with internal webbing it can be sliced and folded making legs (or a box). I have used it to make bridges that fit snugly into the tank. Then I cover with astro-turf. Again flood tank to just below land level and filter water if desired.
These work great but obviously humidity is high but not necessarily excessive if watched. These are fast to set up, convenient to clean and can be decorated to any taste.