some 6x3 cages, what to do?

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some 6x3 cages, what to do?

Post by Paul White » May 27th, 2011, 8:28 pm

I'm getting an outbuilding in the next few months, and following that will be upgrading my retics to 10x4x30" cages; hopefully by winter I'll have them set up in their permanent cages. There's 4 of them in 6x3x18" cages now. I plan to buy the big cages 2 at a time, partly cause 2 of my retics are pretty good sized right now, and 2 are still fairly small (8' or less). So I've got 2 that could use those cages pretty soon and 2 that could wait a while.

but that'll be 4 6x3 cages...with no snakes in them...and I'm not 100% sure what I want to do.

I've got a few thoughts...they're too short for arboreal snakes like beauty snakes or the like, which comprise the bulk of snakes I'm interested in, so I was thinking of some torts or some mid sized lizards. I don't know much about tortoises at all though; are there any suitable for small indoor cages like that? Would russian or greeks do ok if I put UV fixtures and basking bulbs in? They seem like they're personable enough and not that godawful to care for. But I'm not sure if that's enough space for a pair.

As far as lizards...I was kind of wondering about Sudanese Plated LIzards, which I've always liked the look of a lot. Does anyone here have experience with those? Given their size I'm thinking 6x3 should be plenty big for 1.1 or 1.2...the other possibilities are other species of plateds. Or maybe other mid sized terrestrial lizards...but these cages wouldn't be that hot for monitors as you can't put enough substrate in for them to really dig around in. And beardies don't do much for me. BTSs are I guess a possibility...?

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Re: some 6x3 cages, what to do?

Post by Jason_Hood » May 30th, 2011, 10:28 am

Drymarchon...

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Re: some 6x3 cages, what to do?

Post by Paul White » May 30th, 2011, 10:48 am

too many permits required.

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Re: some 6x3 cages, what to do?

Post by Lloyd Heilbrunn » May 30th, 2011, 1:08 pm

Not for BTs or YTs.

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Re: some 6x3 cages, what to do?

Post by Alex Pepper » June 1st, 2011, 8:34 pm

I'll second Drymarchon! I bought a group of 8 used Vison 6 x 3 cages a few months ago for that purpose exactly. Definitely my favorite group of snakes I currently own.

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Re: some 6x3 cages, what to do?

Post by Sam Bacchini » June 16th, 2011, 10:25 am

Drymarchon would be cool, but I disagree that you couldn't keep Orthriophis in 18 inch tall cages. They really don't need a huge amount of vertical space, and 6 x 3 is plenty of floorspace for them. If you like beauty snakes, I say go with those.

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Re: some 6x3 cages, what to do?

Post by Berkeley Boone » June 16th, 2011, 11:04 am

Paul,
I've got a Sudanese Plated Lizard at work. It is a cool animal, and not too difficult to care for. I can elaborate if you'd like. If you are going for lizards though, my vote would be for a group of the smaller Aussie monitors (like ridgetails).
You had mentioned tortoises as a possible cage-filler, but the majority do not do well in enclosed environments like that. Juvenile Manouria or the Kinixys group, even a single redfoot would probably do alright in there, but that would be about it for the tortoises. Russians or Greeks would be fine in that size of footprint, but the enclosed environment would not fare well for them.

Turtles, though, open a few more doors..... Rhinoclemmys, American or Asian Boxes (Terrapene, Cuora, Cistoclemmys) would all do quite well in some set ups like that.

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Re: some 6x3 cages, what to do?

Post by Paul White » June 16th, 2011, 12:49 pm

I used to keep ackies, and I just didn't like them. They could be cute but they just didn't do it for me.
I was under the impression that most asian box turtles were more aquatic than the north american ones? If I'm wrong then yeah, they're damn pretty!

I think TX protects our box turtles, not sure about the legality of owning them here.

edit: I got a good deal on a pair of het albino king rats so they may wind up moving into at least one of those :) Still leaves mea few.

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