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 HOME MADE WOOD cage side - Link opens in a new pop-up window Two Cages - Link opens in a new pop-up window

I build three frames with 1x2 pine and corner braces, and then attach plexi-glass fronts or screen sides to that. The back and bottom are solid plywood covered with colored vinyl cloth to protect from water and give a natural appearance. Then I frame the top out for the light fixture with the same 1x2 ‘s and screen except for the area for the light fixture which is a Home Depot 24” 2 light fluorescent fixture with reptisun 5.0 added. I use a full-length hinge on the door, and trim them out with some molding. Viola.
Chameleon cage complete.
It took me a couple of weeks to complete the first one, then about a week on the second one, only three days on the third one. 
If you got time, some talent and tools, then this is a good option. you can customize it to your taste and available space (but make it big enough for the cham) 

More instructions:

http://www.amphibiancare.com/frogs/articles/screencage.htmlLink will open in a new window.

http://www.ronhazelton.com/howto/iguana_cage_construction.htmLink will open in a new window.

http://www.reptile-cage-plans.com/FAQ.htmlLink will open in a new window.

http://www.jeddaniels.com/2007/05/05/faraday-cage-part-1/Link will open in a new window.

http://www.douggreensgarden.com/building-the-butterfly-cage.htmlLink will open in a new window.

 


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Using PVC pipes and PVC 90 deg. "elbow connectors" make rectangular "panels" to serve as the sides of the box that will be the finished cage. Cover these pipe panels with mesh by securing the mesh to the pipes with cable ties. Attach the panels together with bolts and butterfly clasps. Attach the door with large cable ties for "hinges" and latch closed with Velcro or Velcro Grippers (tm). It will look something like the photo to the left.

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If the screening used on this is smooth enough to prevent injury to feet it could be a good cage, however,  it was really designed for iguanas. 


HOW TO BUILD SCREEN CAGE

The instructions in this section demonstrate how to build your own 251/2"W X 251/2"D X 371/2"H all screen enclosure using supplies commonly found at a hardware or home improvement store. With a little calculation you can make adjustments to suit your needs.

 

 


HOME MADE SCREEN & PVC

Using PVC pipes and casters to build stands worked great for this chameleon owner. These appear to be easily maintained. As you can see from the pictures, the top and front open for cleaning and maintenance. They are perched on top of plastic tubs, so overflow from misting should be no problem. Portable, lightweight,  durable, and not bad looking, what more do you need? Excellent job

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In the center of the room, sheets of plywood to protect the carpet and provide a little air circulation. On top of the plywood platform, a ring of crates that surround a central "clearing". Cover the whole crate/plywood structure with heavy plastic sheeting. 

Potted Ficus alli trees and schefflera of different heights set on the crates or around the edges.

A network of climbing branches from tree to tree, to lights, etc. wired to tree trunks.

UVB and basking spotlights hung from the ceiling by hanging plant hooks.

RainMaker Jr. misting systemLink will open in a new window.  Jungle room - Link opens in a new pop-up windowcrosses the center of the "forest" from a stand in the corner of the room where the reservoir sits. All the spray is aimed to hit the tarp/tree area.

An ultrasonic room humidifier up on stacked crates between 2 trees.

In the central opening several inches of CareFresh cage bedding to absorb and hold moisture (raises the room humidity).

A depression for accumulated water that I drain with a small portable pump into a bucket.

So, basically, I created an island forest in the room. I can walk all around it and all the electrical cords run to various wall outlets. When I need to clean out the bedding I shovel it into a trashcan and dump it outside. I find its much easier to maintain than a cage big enough for the melleri as I don't have to climb into anything.

Problems: the lights are hard to reach to change bulbs. Aiming the spray nozzles can be tricky as the chams love to walk or sleep along the water tubing and mess up the aim. I run everything on timers so all I basically do is change bulbs, fill reservoirs, drain water, and feed the chams. I do spray them individually for drinking though. I can hang feeding bins in the branches for them to find and shoot from. The bins are removed after each feeding and set in different spots next time.

The ficus and schefflera are growing like crazy and I have to prune them back.

In summer I run a small fan in the room doorway to keep the room from getting too hot. I guess that's it. Enjoy!

Wouldn't all of our chams love this arrangement.

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Some Product Links

Lighting

 Zoo Med ReptiSun Compact Fluorescent UVB LampLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med ReptiSun Compact Fluorescent UVB LampLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med Reptisun 5.0 Ultraviolet Flourescent Bulb 36inLink will open in a new window.

 Reptisun 10.0 High Output UVB Lamp - 48 in.Link will open in a new window.

 Reptisun 10.0 High Output UVB Lamp - 24 in.Link will open in a new window.

 PET LIGHT BULB MERCURY VAPOR 100 WATT R30 FLOOD SOLAR BRITE REPTILE LAMPLink will open in a new window.

 T-REX ACTIVE UV HEAT LAMP 100WT FLOODLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med Economy Clamp Lamp for ReptilesLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med Reptile Lamp StandLink will open in a new window.

Temperature/Humidity

 Fluker's Digital Thermometer / HygrometerLink will open in a new window.

 Maverick Remote-Check ET-7 Wireless Thermometer with 2 ProbesLink will open in a new window.

 KINTREX Clear Temp IRT0421 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with LaserLink will open in a new window.

 Super Accurate Adjustable Round Digital HygrometerLink will open in a new window.

 Timex TX5170 Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer with Indoor Hygrometer and ClockLink will open in a new window.

Enclosures

 Terrarium and Cage Construction and CareLink will open in a new window.

 Reptile Screen Cage Chameleon Lizard 24'' X 24'' X 48''Link will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med NT-1 Naturalistic Terrarium 12in x 12in x 12inLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med NT-2 Naturalistic Terrarium 12in x 12in x 18inLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med NT-3 Naturalistic Terrarium 18in x 18in x 18inLink will open in a new window.

 Synergy Cage Wizard Reptile Tank Cleaner 16 OunceLink will open in a new window.