Amazon tree boa cage setup?half water half land.

Amazon tree boa cage setup?half water half land.

Postby Antman » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:37 pm

Hi please want to know will a half water half land setup work for amazon tree boas,in a glass tank with glass sliding doors on top?want to make half the tank land and other half water with a small pump for water movement please any info will help thanx.
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Re: Amazon tree boa cage setup?half water half land.

Postby Fooble » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:44 pm

That doesn't sound necessary why try over complicate things.

If you use a good substrate like mulch or something similar that holds moisture well together with under cage heating with a large water bowl placed directed above the heat source together with misting that will be fine.

Bare in mind once that half water section has been dedicated in it must be changed and fresh water added mush more time and effort that way.
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Postby JPWittstock » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:04 pm

Hey Antman,
It will look great but cleaning will be a problem.
I have a waterbowl on top of the heat mat and that keeps humidity around 80%
I dont mist my cage and they have never had a non complete shed. Mine drink from waterbowls.

My advice would be to keep it simple.

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Re: Amazon tree boa cage setup?half water half land.

Postby Antman » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:39 pm

okay but will the glass tank work?it doesnt have holes on the side the top have to sliding glass doors also with no holes but their is openings on the sides on top.
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Postby Fooble » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:52 pm

Are you using an exo terra type cage?

Only issue with glass is it doesn't retain the heat as well as wood would.
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Postby Hustler » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:06 pm

Hey maybe he just wants to have a nice cage :) . I say if you willing to put the time and effort into building it and cleaning it then why not. You're gonna have hassles with a heating pad on the tank though, glass has a tendacy to crack when hot unless you put a layer of polystyrene or cardboard and stick the heating pad onto that and not directly on the tank. There's still that chance of cracking though.
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Re: Amazon tree boa cage setup?half water half land.

Postby Fooble » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:12 pm

Never had issues with any glass cracking in any of my glass cages with heating pads fixed on the sides or back?
Perhaps if you use a 100watt :P
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Postby Antman » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:12 pm

No it looks like this.
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Postby Fooble » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:29 pm

So there is zero ventilation?
I would try get some sort of ventilation if i were you and using those cages.
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Postby Hustler » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:40 pm

I have had 2 tanks crack from heating pads it happens haha. Take the 1 slidding glass off and then you can put something like mesh as a replacement?
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Re: Amazon tree boa cage setup?half water half land.

Postby Snakes4Africa » Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:31 pm

My advice would be to use the same cage but don't do the half water/ half land thing. It simply makes for more work and an unhealthy environment. Bear in mind that the snakes will most certainly defaecate in the water which will necessitate a complete water change. Like JP says, I use a large water bowl but not over the heat pad. If you need to put it on the heat pad to increase humidity, give them a cool bowl as well.
Glass most certainly does crack from heat pads either when they are too hot or when water spills on the warm glass.
That cage will not last your Amazons long either, they will outgrow that in about 18 months.
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Postby fang » Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:06 pm

Hi Antman,

Good to see you here,

I am back in the game!
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Postby nvlooi » Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:22 pm

If replacing the one side with mesh humidity would be lost.
I know that PG Glass cuts holes in glas for R7.50 per hole. Then just by those round airvents for R7-R8 and fit it in.
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Postby balls'n all » Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:08 am

I've also go a glass shop down the road form me that cut pieces/ holes for next to nothing. I use polystyrene to insulate my tanks and to be safe attache the heat pads to the polystyrene.
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