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love_my_fish 11-26-2006 04:44 PM

Build a containment for >6ft snake
Any recommendations/advice/building plans for a nice 'cage' for a large boa constrictor?

girlofgod 11-26-2006 05:14 PM

might want to post this under Do It yourself..might be some good advice there! good luck!


Tracy 11-26-2006 10:52 PM

Sure, just get a humongous aquarium, put a screen lid on it and provide the appropriate heat, lighting and food. :D

JouteiMike 11-26-2006 11:19 PM

We keep a variety of snakes at where I work. The main concern is that it should be extremely sturdy cause boas are very powerful snakes and love to make escapes. I'd say it should be at least 6-8 feet long, 2-3 feet wide, and 2-3 feet tall with a minimum of about 10 square feet of floor space. Use paper/paper towels or reptile carpeting for an easy cleanup, but you can also get something like pine-nuggets.

I'd get a branched shrub, or some logs for the snake to climb on...also a small pond, or tub of water so the snake could moisten itself up.

What kind of material are you going to be using...plywood? melamine? Also some other things to consider...

Heating for the cage.
What kinds of doors.

All should be considered and well-thought out before you rush into making the cage.

Lupin 11-26-2006 11:23 PM

:shock2: I'm amazed at how large a snake you are planning to keep.:blink: Hope you can post some pics.:thumbsup: Would love to see your boa.:crazy:

dprUsh83 11-26-2006 11:27 PM


Originally Posted by Blue
Would love to see your boa.:crazy:


girlofgod 11-26-2006 11:59 PM

you should talk to DPrush about it..cuz he has plans to build a plywood tank with glass viewing area...and i have actually seen these with HUGE snakes housed in would be propable to ask him about it...


love_my_fish 11-27-2006 06:37 PM

Thanks for the advice JouteiMike.

The snake is actually my husband's -- witnessed its birth and all. I'm not particulary fond of keeping a snake, but I do want to give it a comfortable living area. Its current keep's made of sturdy plastic, but a misplaced lamp melted a hole -- to small for escape, but scary enough to get me worried. We had an enclosure built for reptiles, made of plywood, but someone left it outside too long and it fell apart.

So, just looking to do it right the first time. Never heard of melamine. Was thinking plywood.

I'd attach a pic, but having problems uploading at the mo'

jinithith2 11-27-2006 07:04 PM

I think bettababy has one of those. I read it in her little bio in her website.

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