Diy Artificial Rock Wall Ideas?

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  1. Aztec

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    Hi everyone
    I want to pimp my babies Crib!
    Aztec is a rather buff 3mtr 8.5kg male Jungle. His enclosure is 2mtrs high by 1m wide, 500cms deep so would love to make him a cool climbing/perching rock wall with two or three ledges such as in this pic.
    Any ideas or tips guys?

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    @Aztec Platform made from timber and a couple of solid shelving brackets? I've done this with my black-headed monitors and juvenile lace monitor, as a basking shelf. Works great.
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    Since replaced it with ledges carved out of whole bluestone pavers instead of chunks but you get the idea.
     
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    Fantastic!! Your guys must love their space so much!
    Stone would hold the heat, trying to think of a thin slab that I can drop and glue into a section of poly then glue that onto wooden frame that's screwed onto brackets? Obviously not by strong suit but.. single gal kinda thang going on here.
    Terracotta tiles?


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    @Aztec i use bluestone pavers from Bunnings, they also sell sand stone ones. Easy to fracture, just drop 'em or give a wallop with a hammer. Arrange and glue (with liquid nails) the fragments on top of a piece of timber and screw your shelf bracket to that bit of timber once it's set.

    But given it's for a python and not a heat-soaking monitor, I think you could do really well to do the polystyrene fake rock thing, screwing the shelf brackets to a large bit of plywood or something that's been cut up into a crazy shape, and then build up off that for your rock ledge with foam and grout.
     
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    Ok, I'll give that a shot! Thanks Smitti ;-))


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    The cooooolest videos... soooo inspired!!!! Thankyou pinefamily!
     
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    I came across this.... what s dream!
    Not this time around but one day ;-)



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    I'm getting into it, I stripped out the floor, door and interior just leaving 'the carcass then got 15 ml ply cut to size after cleaning and sterilising as best I could then painted and sealed it. Did as you said a nice deep eggplant colour (eggplant outer) :p
    I have to find a way to fix the huge branch I got though its too short to reach up near the heat lamp.
    I'll have to keep working over time to refine it all I will make his wall with ledges and perches using brackets and slats, just worried about the hinges on the door should I fix it to that. The entire back of the enclosure is the door. Any thoughts?
    I'll but will have to build and complete elsewhere then bring it in.


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    Smitti,
    His hide is at 25C I have put a 150watt ceramic under a dome he can perch 30 cms under on a branch
    Is 25C too cold bellow in his hide?


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    What would be ideal?


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    Under the heat it needs to be 32 degrees, at the bottom (the cool end) 26 isn't bad, but a couple of degrees cooler would be ideal.
     
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    Thankyou
    Then I won't bother about a heat mat as well in that case ;-) he just felt so cold.
    When he didn't have his enclosure he used to sleep with me on his electric blanket on 1. So I guess it's time for lifestyle changes.


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    The only time most people use 24/7 heat is with hatchies, usually up until 12 months old. Even then there is a warm and cool end.
     
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    He slept with you?
     
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    Yes whenever he felt like it, ever since he was a baby.


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    Right...... So did you just have him free roaming the house or something?
     
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    Ummmm.... clearly you're now taking the p*&$.
     
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    Wow nice set up, what materials you use to make that and whats the dimensions?
     
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