Vision Cages & Others?

Redneck

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OK.. So.. I built a big encosure for my Boa Constritor..

Unfortunatly.. I cant for the life of me make it to where its secure enough to keep her in it... The keeps tearing the screen I use.. I dont want to use the metal screen & it possibly hurt her..

So I am left with one option.. Scrap the homemade enclosure & buy one of these Vision Cages.. I just ran into them.. They are nice.. Bit pricey... But nice! I like them..

But.. I am curious.. Is there anyone else that makes cages like these? Other than the vision cages?

I am thinking about getting the one that is either 48" wide.. Or the 54" wide one...

But before I make my decision.. I wanted to see if there might be someone else who might have some cages that are somewhat the same.. Maybe a tad lower on their prices..
 

LeilaNami

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Oh yeah, there are at least a few other companies that make cages like that.

Animal Plastics and Boaphile Plastics are the ones that come to mind. You can find a lot more companies on kingsnake.com in the classifieds section. I think they also have a company listing as well.
 

LeilaNami

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No prob! :D If you change your mind about building your own, there are some good books out there that give tips for building cages for venomous snakes that you could apply to yours.
 

Redneck

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I have pretty much decided that I shouldnt be building my cages... {D I am a horrible handyman..

I really didnt want to use screen.. But I dont know how to install the glass..
With my luck.. I would spend more on an enclosure I built with glass than buying one.. I would end up breaking the glass during instalation.. :eek:

So.. It would be alot easier to just buy one.. Get it here.. Set it up and add the snake.. :D

The hardest part.. To pick what I want.. Sliding or swinging doors... Oh... What color do I want it Black or White..

Im thinking black with slinding doors.. {D

Thank you again! I think I am going to go with Animal Plastics.. :)
 

Jaymz Bedell

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Since you've already built the cage why not post a pic and see if anyone can offer some advice. I've built more cages than I care to think about right now, and I have nothing against manufactured cages, I'm not fond of vision cages personally, but, boaphile, AP, and a few others are very nice. I just don't see a good reason to throw out a cage you spent your time and money on already when there could be a simple solution. if its just glass installation doitbest.com carries sliding glass track for both 1/8th and 1/4 inch thickness. there are also living hinges at usplastic.com. but I think posting a pic would definitely get you some good advice. good luck in your endeavor.
 

Redneck

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Since you've already built the cage why not post a pic and see if anyone can offer some advice. I've built more cages than I care to think about right now, and I have nothing against manufactured cages, I'm not fond of vision cages personally, but, boaphile, AP, and a few others are very nice. I just don't see a good reason to throw out a cage you spent your time and money on already when there could be a simple solution. if its just glass installation doitbest.com carries sliding glass track for both 1/8th and 1/4 inch thickness. there are also living hinges at usplastic.com. but I think posting a pic would definitely get you some good advice. good luck in your endeavor.
Well.. I only spent $20 on everything to build the enclosure.. I already know the problem.. Its the screen.. At the top.. I cut a small hole in it to run a wire to the heat lamp.. She found the hole & ripped it large enough for her to get out.. I had it taped where she couldnt get loose again.. But I cant stand having something rigged.. It looks tacky like that.. I could replace the screen with one that was suggested & drill a hole for the wire.. That would have the whole enclosure repaired & escape proof..

But after looking at the AP enclosure.. I really like them.. :D Alot! The cage I have now wont be thrown out.. My sister wants to put her bearded dragons in it.. So it will go to good use.. :)

I will probably be buying a few of them.. One for my Boa, my moms boa, one to split for my moms 2 BPs.. :) They are IMO pretty awesome! :D
 

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I recently received and built my first AP cage. Black, sliding doors. Simple enough to put together, and they even provide sealant. It's nice. Nicer than the old Neodesha I'm using that I got for the same price. If I had the funds, I'd swap out all the glass tanks and sterilites I've been using for a stack of 4' x 2' x 18" APs.
 

Redneck

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I recently received and built my first AP cage. Black, sliding doors. Simple enough to put together, and they even provide sealant. It's nice. Nicer than the old Neodesha I'm using that I got for the same price. If I had the funds, I'd swap out all the glass tanks and sterilites I've been using for a stack of 4' x 2' x 18" APs.
They really are nice... From what I seen on their website.. IDK when I will be getting one.. Hopfully soon.. :cool: I think that 4' x 2' x 2' is the one I am going to get for my boa.. She seemed to be real happy in the one I built for her at that size.. I could put the BPs in the 4' x 2' x 18"...

Do you have any pictures of yours that you could share? :D
 

Anubis77

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They really are nice... From what I seen on their website.. IDK when I will be getting one.. Hopfully soon.. :cool: I think that 4' x 2' x 2' is the one I am going to get for my boa.. She seemed to be real happy in the one I built for her at that size.. I could put the BPs in the 4' x 2' x 18"...

Do you have any pictures of yours that you could share? :D
I haven't set it up, but here it is with its prospective owner:



The screen isn't standard. It's an addition I wanted for a heat lamp. There are vents in the back and sides cut into the plastic.

My only problem is it doesn't fit very well into the animal room. Not sure where to put it.
 

Redneck

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Oh wow! I like it... Now I cant wait to get one... :D That you for the picture.. :)
 

Dyn

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I like AP's but the price is pretty high.

I was thinking about going with some boamaster cages.

Going a bit cheaper with the melamine ones the only real thing im alittle upset about is drop down doors but it really isnt that big of a deal to me. I would prefer sliding but 150 dollars cheaper and i get a 6x3 cage instead of a 6x2 it doesnt really bother me. lol


http://boamaster.com/catalog/Cages-3-1.html

if you want to check out his cages.
 

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Have you checked out the caging section of faunaclassified.com? Some people make their own to sell, and sometimes you'll find used cage deals of just what you're looking for.
 

LadySharon

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Hi. I came in here because I was thinking of upgrading to a vision cage (or similar) for my ball python.

He is not quite full grown and in a 18"x18"x18" "cube". I'd like to transfer him to an "adult" cage - about 3' (36") long.
however, I'm confused on why all these cages are soooo short on height! He does of course ball up in his hide during the day, but he is all over the cage at night and easly raises the 18" to the top. I've heard of other people letting their balls out to climb various things. So I don't get the 12" to 14" hight.

Are any of these cages ~ 18" high? Idealy I'd like a 36 x 14-24 (?? not sure about depth) x ~ 18".

Also want a way to put a thermal (non stick) heat mat (do you guys have a good brand recomendation?) UNDER the cage so the cage has to sit up off the shelf allowing ~ 1/2 inch to an inch of ventaliation (the cages I have now have this - but they were made a long time ago) also wanted a place for a basking bulb. I have it set up now like this and he's fine. (OF course the other side of the cage is the "cool" side with a big water bowl - in a longer cage I want to put together two hides one on each side).

Screen mesh must be heavy duty - I have cats that like to sit on the cages (they don't try to get in, they just like to watch - and I am not kidding I have a few snakes that are more comfortable with the cats then they are with me.)

- Sharon
 

Jaymz Bedell

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Lady Sharon,

I can't speak of under cage gaps for heat pads on the vision cages, but most of the other plastic cage manufacturers do have a space for a heat pad, and quite a few have a preinstalled heat pad as an option. a lot have the option for adding a screened cut out for heat lamps too. so add a thermostat and you're good to go. shop around, check out the caging classifieds on kingsnake.com as almost all of the plastic cage manufacturers post ads there. some take custom orders too, so if you feel 18 inches isn't tall enough you can inquire about having a custom cage built. 18 inches is plenty of height for a ball python and allows ample room to add decoration for the snake to climb on. ball pythons are terrestrial for the most part and tend to do most of their exploring close to the ground. sometimes they'll climb higher, but in general they tend to stick to things just off of the ground.

Redneck,

good luck in your search, with all of the options out there these days it's like being a kid in a candy store. I'm sure you'll find something to suit not only your needs but also your tastes. good luck and I definitely want some pics when you've got it all set up. demanding aren't I?
 

LadySharon

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Lady Sharon,

I can't speak of under cage gaps for heat pads on the vision cages, but most of the other plastic cage manufacturers do have a space for a heat pad, and quite a few have a preinstalled heat pad as an option. a lot have the option for adding a screened cut out for heat lamps too. so add a thermostat and you're good to go. shop around, check out the caging classifieds on kingsnake.com as almost all of the plastic cage manufacturers post ads there. some take custom orders too, so if you feel 18 inches isn't tall enough you can inquire about having a custom cage built. 18 inches is plenty of height for a ball python and allows ample room to add decoration for the snake to climb on. ball pythons are terrestrial for the most part and tend to do most of their exploring close to the ground. sometimes they'll climb higher, but in general they tend to stick to things just off of the ground.
Thanks for the reply. Actually 18" is perfect. I'm complaining because most of the cages I see are much lower then that. (12 or 14") . I want 18" :):

I also don't have time to go looking... my fault - I close on my house this week and I want to buy the cage before then because soon I may not have the money ... Maybe I'll email some of thouse companies mentioned above.

OH and I NEED the cage PUT TOGETHER even if it costs 50 bucks to ship or whatever- I had custom cages before they shipped put together just without the screens in - but they were easy - holes were already drilled I just needed to use the (plastic) screws and um. I'm spacing the name.. they are like nuts but they have "wings" (maybe they are still called nuts - you screwed them together with just your fingers.)

ahem the point being no tools, no glue etc. And I would perfer a door that opens in front on hinges. with a way to latch the door shut (not nesesarly "lock" I don't want to lose the key. Just something that the snake can't push open)

- Shaorn
 

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What is a good size enclosure for a ball python? What about a green tree python?
 

Redneck

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Have you checked out the caging section of faunaclassified.com? Some people make their own to sell, and sometimes you'll find used cage deals of just what you're looking for.
I actually havent looked there.. But I am going to go take a look now.. I forget about those place unless people remind me of them.. :razz: Thanks! :)
What is a good size enclosure for a ball python? What about a green tree python?
I would say a 3' x 2' x 18" (L x W x H) should suffice for an adult BP.. IMO its more than enough.. Maybe even go with a 4' x 2' x 18"... It would be like a castle for a BP..

Cant offer no advice on the GTP.. I have no experiance with them..
 

Dyn

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2'x2'x2' cubes are usually what people use for green trees since they usually rarely move at all.

For a ball I would go with a 3x2 its more than big enough for any ball python. No real need to go any bigger than that if anything smaller for most males.
 
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