How to Build a Snake Cage for a Large Pet Snake
Building a snake cage for your pet snake, especially large ones, can save you tons of money, as it is expensive to purchase one from pet stores. You can custom-made the cage to the size of your pet snake. You can even design or beautify its habitat to your own specifications. If your pet snake likes to climb, you can create an enclosure that is tall for it. If it is dwells on the ground most of the time, create a wide and low enclosure for it. Building a snake cage is not difficult. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to build a habitat for your large pet snake.
Step 1 – Decide on the Size and Type of the Cage to Build
Based on the size of your snake, determine how big you want the snake cage to be. Decide on the type of cage you want; whether you would want a vertical or horizontal cage. Then draw up a plan of the cage on a piece of paper with pencil.
Step 2 – Purchase Acrylic Sheets
Bring along your drawn-up plans and go to the supplier who sells acrylic sheets. Ask the supplier to cut it to your measurements. They will usually cut for you without extra costs.
Step 3 – Put the Acrylic Sheets Together
Assemble the acrylic sheets together to form the sides and base of the cage. Use masking tape to secure them. Ensure that the acrylic sheets fit nicely and are straight.
Step 4 – Seal Acrylic Sheets
Seal the acrylic sheets on the cage’s inside together with a clear silicone adhesive. Apply the adhesive generously to ensure that the pieces hold strongly together. Allow the adhesive to air dry for 48 hours.
Step 5 – Drill Holes
With a drill, drill holes on the acrylic lid of the cage for ventilation. To keep the cage well-ventilated, drill many small holes. Do not drill holes that are too large. The last thing you want to happen is for your pet snake to escape through the hole. Do not make a hole that is able to fit its head through, as it will fit its entire body as well. Apart from ventilation, you can run electrical cord by drilling holes to make a notch on the back of the lid.
Step 6 – Fix the Hinges
Fix the hinges with clear silicone adhesive to the lid’s underside. Exercise caution so that the adhesive do not get into the rotating section of the hinges. Allow the adhesive to air dry for at least 48 hours.
Step 7 – Seal the Lid
Set the lid in your desired position onto the cage’s top. Seal another portion of hinges onto the back of the inside cage with the adhesive. The lid is fixed to the cage.
Step 8 – Fix the Lock
Fix the lock with latch and hook onto the lid and the front part of the cage with the adhesive. Allow it to air dry for 48 hours.