My Reptile Enclosure Upgrades!

Cat001

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Nottingham, UK
I've not been on for a while but thought I'd post some of the projects I've been working on while I've been away from the forums...

I've been working on my snakes and geckos enclosure upgrades, this is the first one I did, which was originally for Benny, but now is home to Rupert.

Laying down the background...


Starting on the interior furnishings...


Grouted, painted and sealed...


Making a vase/humid hide (I used a balloon for this covered in modroc)


And it completed, the bottom and top both come away for easy cleaning...


I made him a matching temporary water dish before I got him a large dish


The full enclosure, although I still want to add in more foliage


Rupert making use of his hides



Next was Kevins enclosure!

I made use of expanding foam to get a lot of the rocky and tree-like details.



Putting on the base coat of paint after grouting...


I even made a little sign...



The full enclosure...



He especially loves his basking ledge


Kevin exploring the new log I had put in...


Peeking out of his cave to see what I was up to
 

Cat001

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Now for Spikes enclosure...

Fitting in the background, creating the warm hide/basking area and working out where to put other ledges



Finished the ledges separately and fixed them in place, started work on the 'tree' and placing the 'branches'


Grouting/painting/add the sand in segments


Completed, although I'm still making a log hide to go on the middle shelf.


Spike loves burrowing in the soil


Checking out his basking area


Poking his face out to see what I'm up to


Eddys home already has a background but she had a new hammock added to her home which she immediately went to investigate!


Lastly, I had done two for Amy the gecko, the first was a temporary home as this one was slightly bigger than the one she was living in...






The second is her main home

Made a faux top for her warm hide so it blended it better and positioned where the basking ledge was going...


Made a faux floor as I wanted some air flow around the heat mat and to make it easier to clean




Made a log hide for her too


Positioning the ledges

Working on the background and ledges outside the enclosure



Completed!


Exploring the ledges


Resting in her log hide


On her basking ledge!
 

LittleGoldSnail

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Awwww, what cuties! My dad does not allow pet reptiles (he has a phobia, he says they shouldn’t be pets), I disagree, but he’s my dad... so... not much I can do.

I love those cute faces though.
 

Alpha1

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Looks like a lot of work, but a labor of love....results are great! Cool photos, thanks for sharing and good to see you again! 💚
 

Cat001

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Awwww, what cuties! My dad does not allow pet reptiles (he has a phobia, he says they shouldn’t be pets), I disagree, but he’s my dad... so... not much I can do.

I love those cute faces though.
Thanks. :) My family were pretty impartial to reptiles, didn't think much of them one way or the other. Our first snake, JD, changed that though! One day my sister came home with a corn snake she was given by a friend, my mum wasn't too pleased but later she was probably spending more time with JD than any of us lol. We'd often let her slither into a sleeve and she'd fall asleep. As an adult she still liked to go down peoples sleeves but was so big she'd end up exiting out the other sleeve lol. She was such a sweet animal that even my friend who's scared of snakes was gutted when she passed away.

It's a shame we have such a drive to fear them as some snakes can be so gentle, curious and good natured. :)

Looks like a lot of work, but a labor of love....results are great! Cool photos, thanks for sharing and good to see you again! 💚
Thank you Alpha! My bedroom had completely turned into a construction site for several months but it was certainly worth it!
 

LittleGoldSnail

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Thanks. :) My family were pretty impartial to reptiles, didn't think much of them one way or the other. Our first snake, JD, changed that though! One day my sister came home with a corn snake she was given by a friend, my mum wasn't too pleased but later she was probably spending more time with JD than any of us lol. We'd often let her slither into a sleeve and she'd fall asleep. As an adult she still liked to go down peoples sleeves but was so big she'd end up exiting out the other sleeve lol. She was such a sweet animal that even my friend who's scared of snakes was gutted when she passed away.

It's a shame we have such a drive to fear them as some snakes can be so gentle, curious and good natured. :)



Thank you Alpha! My bedroom had completely turned into a construction site for several months but it was certainly worth it!
I know. My parent think of “snakes” as like 8 ft wild python. I’ve tried to convince them that there are (just like dogs and cats) wild ones (which are dangerous) and domestic ones, which can totally be great pets. My parents are less against them then they used to be, but are still very adamant that they don’t want snakes in the house, and I’ll have to move out before I can get one.

Maybe someday I could talk them into a crested gecko or something, we just aren’t setup for lizards, and my sister does not want lizards. She would be fine with a turtle though, so I think that is my best bet, lol. (my sister and I share a bedroom).
 


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