Building cages


Hey i know this is probably a weird post, but i’m trying to build an enclosure for my beardies and geckos in my closet, kind of like some sort of shelf. I’ve never seen anyone do that before with closet shelves, so i was wondering you guys knew whether the airflow would be sufficient or not. I’ve seen cages with vents on the sides and such but since it is in the closet i cannot do that. I also was wondering if i should do sliding acrylic glass for the doors or maybe some sort of sliding screen in the front. I am also going to implents the lights and such inside the cages and in the wood between shelves so i am not concerned about that. Finally, i want to use the proper substrate. I was thinking tile of somesort so i can slide it out and cleaning would be easy. Can you guys give me suggestions / more info? Thank you, i just want to make sure the environment is safe for them :) please respond if you would like more info.


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Setting this up in a closet could have ventilation challenges to an extent, as you mentioned. A couple of options that come to mind include replacing the closet door with a screen door, or just removing the door completely. That should help increase airflow into the closet.

Are you planning to have multiple enclosures stacked up within the closet? If so, perhaps you could build them with drop down doors that are either full/partial screen or glass in the center but with screened vents within the frame that holds the glass so that there is some airflow coming in from the front. I'd imagine that would be enough, but you could probably rig up a quiet ventilation system using computer case fans to blow exhaust out from the top of the closet which should draw cooler air up from the floor of the room into the closet. That will probably take a bit of testing and can likely be done after the fact if you leave a little space for it.

As far as substrate goes, ceramic tile tends to work pretty well. You can have the tile cut into an appropriate size to be able to lift out and clean as needed. I've used that with my enclosure in the past and it was easy to use. I did find that if they are very active, the hard tile can be rough on the palms of their feet and hands. In those cases, putting down something softer like fleece over the tile can help provide some relief. You can also get some rolls of non adhesive shelf liner with a sand or stone pattern and just lay that along the bottom. Those are easy to clean and cheap to replace as needed as well.

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