How To: Things to Consider When Building Your Own Reptile Cage

So, you have a few reptiles now and are in the trap most reptile keepers fall into – you want more. It’s expensive to keep purchasing professionally made cages and as well all know every single reptile needs some sort of cage. Most of the time it’s well worth the money because of the included features. What most people don’t realize is that building a reptile terrarium is a lot easier than they think.

If you’re willing to put in a little thought and effort into building your own cage for you little guy from scratch, you can save money and feel accomplished at the end of the day. Building a reptile cage does not have to be elaborate, but it should at least be done with care so as to provide a comfortable environment for your reptile to live. Every reptile is different, so it is important that you do further research to identify the individual needs of your pet. Refusing to do the proper research could not only result in an unhappy reptile, but a pet with a shortened life span.

Ask Questions


Reptile with Question Marks
First, you need to ask the right questions. Does your reptile need a larger area of water to soak in? Does it need extra length to roam or extra height to climb? Your job is to replicate your reptile’s natural habitat as similarly as possible. Think about your reptile’s natural diet, and what you will be feeding it. If you give it crickets, will they be able to escape through ventilation gaps that are too wide? These are among the many questions it is important to ask yourself, before embarking on your journey to create a reptile cage.

Cage Materials

Next, you figure out which materials you want to use to build. You can make an enclosure out of PVC, acrylic, glass, melamine, and wood. Each material has it’s own pros and cons that you need to consider. For example, PVC is durable, lightweight, and easy to clean, but it is very expensive. Make sure to go online and research the different materials before making a decision.

Materials Hiding in your Home

If you go the route of building your own cage, it is encouraged that you consider the materials that you already have lying around at home. Going out and buying materials to build a cage from the ground-up will save you money at the end of the day, but you may have the materials you need already lying around. For example, if you have an old aquarium, an unused entertainment center, or even a small fridge with no door, you could be in luck. These could be easily converted into reptile aquariums. It is important that you do the research to figure out how much space your reptile requires. Some reptiles are very active, and need a broad cage to run around in. Others are fairly inactive and don’t require as much. You also have to take into account how much room you will need for lighting and heating.

Should I really build a cage?

If you have the time, it can be a really fun project to work on. It can be equally frustrating at times though. Search on the internet for plans, there are many people who have made their own cages. Looking at what they have built can really inspire your own design or give you ideas. There are lots of building guides as well, many of them species specific. I want to leave you with one last bit of important advice when building a reptile cage. Ventilation is a must, do not forget to add ventilation to your cage!

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