Reptile Hides are more popular today than ever before and many reptile owners are finding that their pets need some special care just to be able to live in their new home. Many people are beginning to build artificial hides for themselves. This is a good idea if you have an adult reptile such as an iguana. If you are starting a new reptile enclosure then you will want to know the difference between regular hides and a reptile hide.
They are similar but not the same as regular hides. These come in various sizes and shapes, just like regular hides do. But they are not the same as other types of reptile enclosures because they are usually very light weight so that your reptile can move around freely within its new environment. They can also be washed or scuffed easily. Reptile hides made of synthetic materials are usually referred to as resin hides.
You can find them in various pet stores where you can buy them in large quantities. But you can also save money by making your own. It is not difficult to make these and you may find it fun to do so. Here is a step by step guide on how to build your own artificial hides for reptiles.
The first thing you will need to decide is the size of the area you will be covering. The dimension you need will depend on what type of reptiles you will be housing. You will also need to determine how many reptiles you want to house at one time. You will also need to decide if you want to do the installation yourself or hire a professional. This will all depend upon your personal preference and the amount of work involved.
Next you will want to make your hide. This will include getting rid of any excess material from the old cage. You can either use a saw to do this or by using a chemical to strip off the old paint. If you are using chemicals, you should wear protective gear such as gloves and goggles. A good method of removing the old paint is to gently rub it off with a sponge.
When you have finally achieved the size of your new hide, you will next want to prepare your old cage for replacement. Use some caulk to make the cracks where the hide will go in. It may be helpful to drill holes near the bottom and top to help the snake fit into. You will also want to drill a few more holes near the top so that the end of the hide can rest on. Make sure that the hide is securely wrapped around the entire cage and then put tape on the cage sides to help secure the hide in place.
Once you have successfully created the hide, you will need to attach it to its base. This can be done with a few pieces of pipe or wire that can be bent at the ends so they will be able to screw directly into the base. Make sure that the pieces of pipe or wire are bent at the ends so they do not catch on anything when they are being removed. Then re-use some of the caulk that you used to create the cracks for the hide to sit in. This will help the hide last a long time.
As you can see, keeping your reptiles warm during the winter can sometimes be difficult. However, if you make a few simple changes, you can have your reptile resting comfortably in his new home all winter long. The easiest way to have your reptile protected and warm is by using reptile hides. You will find that your reptile will be much happier in his new hiding spot and it will be even easier for you to care for him. Remember to think about the space that your reptile will need and how big he or she could get if you decide to keep them as pets.