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  • Hello there, little boa!

    Hi everyone!

    Firstly, I want to say how excited I am to have registered with this community. I have purchased my Boa, found a vet and got my starting "aquarium tank".

    My name is Zakary and I am 22 years old. I work as a janitor at a hotel. For as long as I can remember I've wanted a pet snake. Any snake. But I was never allowed to. I now live on my own with my girlfriend of over a year and decided it was the right time to finally make one of my childhood dreams a reality. A week and a half later, I made the purchase. I am proud to introduce you all to my Red Tail Boa:

    Atal'Hakkar!



    My goal right now is to use some of the money I have saved up, as well as my tax return, which should be arriving soon, to custom build him a new environment within which he can call his home. It is a large undertaking, but I feel like this is a take no prisoners situation. I am entirely dedicated to raising this beautiful and majestic creature, and giving it a nice, and warm life.

    However, I do NEED tips of building this terrarium. What materials should I use? I was going to use wood up until I read that it would be unsuitable mostly due to the implication it can cause. I don't even want to try to think I can do this without asking for the proper advice first, and so I am asking you all this: What materials would YOU preferably use for your custom build? Is it an okay idea to build one that will be large enough for him to grow to his maximum size? And lastly, what measurements would you advise? I read the guide over and over, will 6' x 24" x 24" is good for his entire life, would you advise taking on a build like that right away to ensure his longevity and good health!?

    PLEASE LET ME KNOW, I am 150% dedicated to this. I feel I can invest roughly the same amount of money in a custom build as I would a bought tank/enclosure.

    Once again I want to say how thrilled I am to be a part of this community, and that I look forward to speaking with those who would like to help me on my way to giving Atal'Hakkar the life he deserves!

    Fun Fact: Atal'Hakkar (Or just Hakkar) is the Serpentine Deity worshiped by the Trolls of Zul'gurub in the World of Warcraft universe, and not any old deity, but he is the Blood God... Seemed fitting!

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    Re: Hello there, little boa!

    Welcome to RTB!

    You might post some of your questions in the Environment sub-forum at the following link:

    Environment

    You are much more likely to get responses targeted toward your questions there, as the New Members sub-forum is mainly frequented by moderators and staff.
    "An increase in reptile education can lead to a decrease in reptile discrimination." - Bebo

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      Re: Hello there, little boa!

      Oh, ok! Sorry about that! I will make my post there!

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        Re: Hello there, little boa!

        Originally posted by SerpentsEmbrace View Post
        Oh, ok! Sorry about that! I will make my post there!
        No worries at all and no need to apologize. I just wanted to welcome you to the forum and point you in the right direction to hopefully increase the number of responses.
        "An increase in reptile education can lead to a decrease in reptile discrimination." - Bebo

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        • #5
          Re: Hello there, little boa!

          As far as the size of the enclosure goes, a 6x2 should definitely be big enough to for most boas unless you end up with one of the larger ones (8+)... I personally feel that the one foot per one foot rule that we all use is that absolute minimal. I wouldn't hesitate to put a baby in a large enclosure as long as there are plenty of hides and cover. Since you sound enthusiastic about doing this right, I would go big and do it right the first time. It's much cheaper to buy one enclosure than to constantly upgrade along the way.

          As far as your build you have several options-melamine is cheap and easy to do... But it probably wont hold up over the years as well as wood would.

          You could build a wood one and seal it up with spar urethane/silicone (see the DIY section)... If you do it right it should last a very long time.

          Or... you could just buy a plastic one... They are lighter, easier to clean, longer lasting, and often look better than the custom builds...

          Good luck, enjoy your new little worm.

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