Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby Durban Keeper » Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:58 pm

I bought a Boscs monitor over a year ago as an adult. He had spent the majority of his life in a wooden cage 1.6M x 0.4M in daimater. We decided to build him an outdoor enclosure. The process was a time consuming and tedious task and the raw material alone cost 3 times what we paid for the Monitor itself, but its been worth every cent and bit of effort. He has been living in it full time now for almost 3 months.

We dug out a hole, laid a foundation and constructed a wall.
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We purchased the wood and wire and got stuck into buiding a frame.
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Next we plastered and painted the walls, planted some grass and built a hide. I recently introduced some trees and shrubs to the enclosure also.
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Here is our beautiful Lizard.
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Thanks for looking,
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby rolandslf » Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:04 pm

Dean, that is awesome Bud.
Now when is the boy getting a wife to join him in that impressive enclosure.
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby Mitton » Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:16 pm

Fantastic work Dean, that is a great looking enclosure and I am sure the little guy is going to be very happy.
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby Durban Keeper » Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:19 pm

Thanks guys. So far he has been doing well in it. I often just go sit down inside his cage and he comes onto my lap and together we admire the crazy world outside his cage lol
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby Foxticity » Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:59 pm

That looks awesome!!! Well done on a great build.

I know its not always possible, but this is my ideal way to keep a pet!!

Do you have any heat sources in the cage for night/winter temps?
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:10 pm

Awesome build man, looks amazing!

Now just to get one or two more inhabitants ;)
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby reptile » Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:25 pm

Nice! Worked out very well!
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby Bushviper » Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:51 pm

I hope his nature does not change now that he thinks birds flying over are his enemy etc. I think spending quality time with him will do you both the world of good.
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby Durban Keeper » Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:46 pm

I was worried about his behaviour Arno, but its been a few months already and he has not become aggressive or nervous at all. He gets attention and love daily.
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby Brandon420 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:24 pm

This is how you look after a wild animal !! Just got myself one and feel truly inspired to build my own, good job man
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby kingspider » Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:13 pm

How about an update?

Have the plants bushed out? Is his temperament still okay? any changes?
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby Warren Klein » Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:59 pm

Nice enclosure Dean, well done! Are you not concerned he will burrow out under your foundation in time and when you least expect it as monitors do? I have used bricks like paving under the substrate of all my outdoor lizard pits. the narrow gaps between the bricks allows rain water to drain but prevents inmates digging out. You could also fit a mesh base under the ground at a desired depth which serves the same purpose but the wire will rust away over time and have to be "monitored" for weak spots.
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Re: Outdoor Monitor Encloure

Postby Bushviper » Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:09 pm

Clearvue have a mesh which is meant to survive being underground. That will not rust and might be a viable option. Chat to a local installer and get offcuts and just put it around the edges of the cage. They seldom start digging in the middle of the cage.
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