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Old 09-09-17, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Free hexagon enclosure

My husband's coworker gave us this free. Mainly he wants his wife to have less things to keep filling with pet store impulse buys lol At least it helps she quit working at the pet store. It's 4' across so 10sq ft and 2' high. Need to remove some adhesive from sticking labels to the inside of the glass and wipe it down. The key was lost to turn the bars so the top and doors need a different latch. Other than that I mostly just have to figure out how to heat it.



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Old 09-09-17, 04:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very cool! you could get really creative with it, decoration wise
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Old 09-09-17, 06:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 09-09-17, 09:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My weird lavender corn would probably find that entertaining for awhile. She'll get into odd positions to clearly watch anything new in the room until it's determined to not be important or becomes routine and then she's back under her log.

I went looking to see if you could still get the actual parts made to divide that thing and it looks like it had a rim that would make the grates more stable on top to find it was listed at about $1500 with all options. Another company did take over parts supply for awhile but their product pages for the other company have all since gone down so probably not anything still in existence. I have no idea how old it is but aside from age showing in discoloration and some missing keys and extras it's mostly in good shape.
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Old 09-12-17, 09:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We used to keep ferrets in them at the pet store I worked at like 10 or so years ago. I imagine it could be fashioned into a pretty interesting enclosure pretty easily with a bit of ingenuity. Do you have any species in mind?
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Old 09-14-17, 04:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Since I'm fairly new to snakes still I am splitting it for growing out various babies for now. I have a pair of northern pines in 2' bins and a source for cb blue racers I'm researching a little more first. I don't think it quite works for either truly long term but that's years of growing before everything immediately planned for might all get other enclosures.
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Old 09-14-17, 11:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You could contact a locksmith. He may be able to get a key made for it, and it might be less expensive than getting new parts.
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Old 09-15-17, 12:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The locks look standard and are all open with a screw on the inside to remove so they can be replaced or changed to something similar. I was more interested in specific dividers that fit to the top given a couple obstacles and the very thin outer edge. Few materials will fit it and none without a top gap given what we can fabricate. It also might have had something to hold the outer edge of the grates down more securely. There are spots that look like they fit a locking piece at the outer corners. The company said it's possible if I send them more detailed pics for the model (not on the label) they might have the parts. We also debated just building a new 2 piece hinged lid for it so we could custom all the lighting, heating, and ventilation spacing without working around the existing bar and top grates. Even my yearling king snake can probably fit out the holes. Not so expensive to get some pine boards, mesh, and a set of hinges to solve it all.
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Old 09-15-17, 11:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Since I'm fairly new to snakes still I am splitting it for growing out various babies for now. I have a pair of northern pines in 2' bins and a source for cb blue racers I'm researching a little more first. I don't think it quite works for either truly long term but that's years of growing before everything immediately planned for might all get other enclosures.
BOOOOOOOO!!!! Do something stupid and awesome with it! Think hard and critically about the species you wanna keep of course, but just go nuts. Literally anything besides a Burmese python or water monitor type species can be kept in there. You're options are endless.

Unique idea: Colony of Western Banded Geckos

Totally weird Leopard Gecko type species! Easily done in that cage. I'd buy the first batch of babies off you even. Maybe some larger species or something who knows. The size of the enclosure is the limit.
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Old 09-16-17, 01:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I have zero interest in lizards beyond throwing some potential feeder producers in a bin and I started a crested project but we'll see if it continues anymore. Why does everyone suggest those ugly leopard geckos? I've got better things to do and look at already. I started the cresteds and had a few more active, inexpensive species but really comparing the thought of even more complex lizard species to the snake species I have since acquired killed my interest in anything more for lizards except snake food variety. I might scrap what I've got.

The size of the enclosure is the limit. I do have plans and it's actually potentially too small in height or sq ft for anything as an adult I have an interest in acquiring over the next year (maybe not the year after) except as babies that won't immediately, if ever, need the whole space. I also don't have a giant snake room, a bunch of existing enclosures, or a fortune to spend on whatever just to have it for show. In fact I found my current snakes will not fit the room I intended so they are all taking over the livingroom after a suggestion to whack down a wall upstairs fell flat with my husband.

I was calculating what it would take to build an enclosure that would hold the pines as adults and divide it for now while they grow before moving them downstairs rather than building another enclosure next year and the year after that to keep upgrading but simply the resources would result in not affording or having time to prepare for half as much else. Then I thought why not use what I have and modify it quickly for what will amount to maybe $50. So rather than look at ugly geckos I'll watch the personality of my baby northern pines develop until they get their own bigger enclosures and then if I am not trying to tame blue racers the other debate before I found cb ones were blue beauty rat snakes but we really run into a potential height issue for those. They are the only "exotic" species I have any interest in right now.

Also on the list are forks line sonoran gophers, a mate for the lavender corn snake, more rosy boas, I was offered cb eastern fox snakes and they have a risk of being evaluated as federally endangered with many states having them on threatened lists already, I have some quarantine bins if I end up with some free colorado bulls but they can't stay there forever should that happen, and a pair of garter snakes keeps getting shoved out of priority by the pit species. I investigated nerodia but haven't the desire to pursue them any time soon over the others and need more setup knowledge given the complications and mess of such a species. I'm full up if I pursue half that and maybe something will take over this enclosure in that time.
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Old 09-17-17, 11:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I have zero interest in lizards beyond throwing some potential feeder producers in a bin and I started a crested project but we'll see if it continues anymore. Why does everyone suggest those ugly leopard geckos? I've got better things to do and look at already. I started the cresteds and had a few more active, inexpensive species but really comparing the thought of even more complex lizard species to the snake species I have since acquired killed my interest in anything more for lizards except snake food variety. I might scrap what I've got.

The size of the enclosure is the limit. I do have plans and it's actually potentially too small in height or sq ft for anything as an adult I have an interest in acquiring over the next year (maybe not the year after) except as babies that won't immediately, if ever, need the whole space. I also don't have a giant snake room, a bunch of existing enclosures, or a fortune to spend on whatever just to have it for show. In fact I found my current snakes will not fit the room I intended so they are all taking over the livingroom after a suggestion to whack down a wall upstairs fell flat with my husband.

I was calculating what it would take to build an enclosure that would hold the pines as adults and divide it for now while they grow before moving them downstairs rather than building another enclosure next year and the year after that to keep upgrading but simply the resources would result in not affording or having time to prepare for half as much else. Then I thought why not use what I have and modify it quickly for what will amount to maybe $50. So rather than look at ugly geckos I'll watch the personality of my baby northern pines develop until they get their own bigger enclosures and then if I am not trying to tame blue racers the other debate before I found cb ones were blue beauty rat snakes but we really run into a potential height issue for those. They are the only "exotic" species I have any interest in right now.

Also on the list are forks line sonoran gophers, a mate for the lavender corn snake, more rosy boas, I was offered cb eastern fox snakes and they have a risk of being evaluated as federally endangered with many states having them on threatened lists already, I have some quarantine bins if I end up with some free colorado bulls but they can't stay there forever should that happen, and a pair of garter snakes keeps getting shoved out of priority by the pit species. I investigated nerodia but haven't the desire to pursue them any time soon over the others and need more setup knowledge given the complications and mess of such a species. I'm full up if I pursue half that and maybe something will take over this enclosure in that time.
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