How to Make a Snake Rack

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How to Make a Snake Rack
Snakes are often kept in the drawers of snake racks. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Snake racks are used to hold the trays that snakes live in. The trays slide in and out easily like drawers and when slid in they do not allow the snake to leave the rack. A simple rack design will allow for two trays and have a minimal material list. Snake racks can be constructed out of plywood and pine boards very inexpensively. These materials are easy to work with, allowing even the novice carpenter to complete the task.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 3 pine boards, 1-by-8-by-14-inches
  • 2 pieces pegboard, 1/4-by-14-by-29-inches
  • Plywood, 1/4-by-8 1/2-by-29-inches
  • Screw driver
  • 30 wood screws, 1 1/4-inch
  • 2 plastic trays, 8-by-13-by-14-inches

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  1. 1

    Set the three 14-inch boards on edge, parallel and spaced 13 inches apart. Lay a sheet of pegboard on top of the boards so the 14-edges and the 29-inch edges are flush with the boards. Screw the pegboard to the boards using four screws for each board.

  2. 2

    Turn the pegboard over so the evenly spaced boards are now on top. Lay the last 14-inch sheet of pegboard on top of the boards so the edges are flush. Screw it to the boards in the same manner as in Step 1.

  3. 3

    Position the frame upright so the boards are standing on end. Lay the plywood over the ends of the boards so all of the edges are flush. Screw the plywood to the ends of the boards with two screws per board.

  4. 4

    Lay your snake rack flat and slide your trays between the pegboard sheets.

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