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DIY Cage questions

Discussion in 'Tegu Enclosures' started by mc4rk1ll3r, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. mc4rk1ll3r

    mc4rk1ll3r New Member

    Oct 6, 2019
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    We are looking to build an 8ftx3ftx4ft enclosure for a B&W out of plywood. The significant other is handy so that aspect should not be terribly difficult in itself. I keep a large number of aquariums so the tegu cage will be in my fish/dog room. The room itself is fairly humid with an ambient room humidity of around 60-65% if I do not run a dehumidifier. So I am not overly concerned about humidity being a problem to maintain...I also live in the mountains of VA its pretty humid here anyway.

    I would like to build the enclosure to have a solid top instead of a screen...I mean the enclosure will take up a large chunk of the room and I could use the top of it for many different things including possibly an aquarium stand or to store some food/items for my dogs. However I would like to make the doors on the front screens as it would be less expensive and easier to construct than a glass type door. I know there is some concern with tegus rubbing their noses so it would be a vinyl coated screen door. Thoughts on this?

    I would prefer not to cover the entire cage floor in mulch...I would prefer to use perhaps some non-adhesive type linoleum just for the ease of cleaning. I understand tegus need a moist hide so the cool end I would provide mulch and a hide box for digging and so forth. This would be separated by some simple pavers. I also plan to add some tree limbs and rocks to the cage for decor. I would stack some pavers for a basking platform and include a shallow tote for a water bowl/place to soak

    The exterior of the cage would be painted or stained...however the inside I would most likely like to seal it with some sort of water proof type coating. I have read that drylock or flex seal paint is good?