How do I Find or Build a Cheap Cage for a Savannah Monitor?

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How do I Find or Build a Cheap Cage for a Savannah Monitor?
Monitor lizards can grow quite large and often need custom-made cages. (African monitor lizard image by Melissa Robinson from Fotolia.com)

The savannah monitor is a large lizard that is part of the monitor family, the same family as the Komodo dragon. They are native to a desert environment and grow to be a few feet long and, as such, they usually need a large, custom-made cage. These cages can be built quite cheaply on your own or found for sale online.

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Things you need

  • Old shower stall
  • Aquarium sealant
  • Tempered glass
  • Glass tracks
  • Jigsaw
  • Vents

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Instructions

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    Obtain an old shower stall or a new, cheap model of shower stall. Home improvement stores often have shower stall floor models on display and can sell them at a discounted price when they're done using them.

  2. 2

    Remove the existing shower door if there is one.

  3. 3

    Install a glass track, which is easily obtained at any home improvement store. This is where the glass door of the monitor cage will slide open and shut.

  4. 4

    Slide the tempered glass, which can be cut to size at any auto repair shop, into the glass track.

  5. 5

    Cut out holes on each side of the shower stall. These should be large enough to hold the vents in place securely, and three to four small vents on each side of the cage should be adequate. If this is not enough ventilation, more can be added later.

  6. 6

    Place the vents into the holes.

  7. 7

    Use the aquarium sealant to seal any openings, such as around the vents and glass track.

  1. 1

    Look on local classifieds or used item websites for any cheap reptile cages.

  2. 2

    Once you become familiar with some of the brands of custom-made reptile cages in your area and there are no suitable used ones available, compare prices between manufacturers to find a cage that is low-cost and suits your needs. Keep in mind you may have to pay extra for shipping.

  3. 3

    Purchase a pre-built, cheap savannah monitor cage.

Tips and warnings

  • The savannah monitor may start out only a few inches long, but it will quickly grow to an adult. Your cage may need to start out small and be upgraded as the lizard grows.
  • Aquariums that are used and even new will be plentiful on any classifieds website, but these are not suitable for savannah monitors because of their small size and lack of ventilation.
  • Savannah monitors can grow to be 3 to 4 feet long and require large environments. Be sure you are able to provide a big enough environment (at least 4 feet by 8 feet by 4 feet) before acquiring one as a pet.

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