May 2011

May 2011

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MONDAY, 16 MAY 2011 >>

"New Rainbow Boa enclosure!"

I managed to get a good size enclosure for a great price this week, thanks to eBay.

It's a good size tank (measuring 3ft x 2ft x 2ft), with sliding glass doors, however it is designed for chipmunks and exotic mammals rather than reptiles. Unlike any other enclosure I've worked with, the body of this tank is metal, which surprisingly makes it more lightweight than a glass tank of the same size, but posed a bit of a problem for heat retention.

I plan to use this new tank for my Columbian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria maurus), which is nearly 5ft long now, and is outgrowing it's current tank. This also conveniently frees up the Boa's old tank for my rapidly growing Bull Snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi), so there are two new projects to work on now!

I've put up a few pictures here on the right to show the cage structure and some early modifications I've made to it. I've lined the sides with plywood, and covered the top of the cage with plate glass to keep humidity high. I'd really like to set this up as a planted vivarium, although plant choice will need to be considered carefully since the intended resident is a somewhat chunky snake, quite willing and capable of crushing small plant species.

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Hopefully I'll be able to show updates of this tank next week. I'm tempted to try out the ever popular expanding foam background method to create a contoured background similar to an overhanging log, however this will have to wait until I have some spare time!

I finally got around to spending a voucher for a local aquatic store this week too, and bought myself 4 Sailfin Mollies (Poecilia latipinna). Hopefully these should breed pretty quickly and I can start trying to establish a few of the fry in my other enclosures. The males are especially impressive, with a huge dorsal fin, and should make an interesting side project to work on.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to send me an email using the link below!
Paul Edmondson

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