Many if the people who make their own snake or other reptile cages adapt other designs or continue to improve on the designs they have already used.
When you adapt a cage design from basic plan you can use it to make a reptile or snake cage to suit your own needs. You may have a space that is not quite suitable for the size of the original design. You may want to adapt a half built cage, a closet or an old cupboard. You may want to make a specific length, height or width. You may have limited access to materials or you may have an existing stockpile of materials that want to use.
In all cases, it is important to have a clear idea of what you want the finished product to look like and how you are going to construct it.
Detailed plans can contain a lot of important information for building reptile cages, but you should remember they are not definitive. For example many people who have used the "How to Build Reptile Enclosures" book from this site have altered the plans, in some cases quite significantly, to suit their needs and their skills.
While they all acknowledge the benefits of using the book as a launching point for their cage building, they found it helped them think about how they might construct a snake or other reptile cage and the sorts of things that are needed in reptile cage eg heat mats, basking lights, UV lights, misting systems, substrates, decorations such as artificial walls, artificial trees and branches, and how these can be made and placed in the cage.
It also gave them valuable information about construction techniques, making cages stronger and some useful hints and tips.
Click here for some examples of cages made by people who purchased the "How to build reptile enclosures" below. The original plans have been used by each of these individuals as a starting point for their cages and then adapted to suit their needs and skills.
Many people do not want to adapt the cages but want to build them exactly as described then there is enough information to allow you to do that to. Either way, a plan is an important part of the building process.
The main thing is to have some fun building something for yourself and your pet (and save a bit of money).
About the Author:
Mark Chapple is the Author of "How to build enclosures for reptiles" Find out how to build these cages as well as arboreal cages.Full co lour pictures, detailed diagrams and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions. http://www.reptile-cage-plans.com