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Old 23-06-2013, 10:18 PM
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Hey guys

Recently moved into my first house and now have my own reptile room, so decided my beardie could do with an upgrade. I've always wanted to make a large viv for him I just couldn't before due to my bedroom only being small.

So I started with a trip to B&Q, I was pretty worried that they wouldn't cut it accurately especially when the guy cutting it asked what I was making and suggested that when I put it all together I should use nails, as screws are just going to split it, even though I told him I was going to drill pilot holes first, he still carried on trying to convince me to use nails

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The boy himself for size comparison...




The plinths and middle support are going to be added at the end when all the background has been grouted and sealed

Branches have been de-barked, the smaller piece is just under 4ft and the other is about 7ish ft.




I'll add more photos as I'm making a start on the background tomorrow

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Chloe.
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Old 23-06-2013, 10:31 PM
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Wicked Chloe, love a good dragon viv and this has potential! I will do similar when I have my rep room however I think I'll go deeper and higher also, I find 2ft to small when the length is 6ft or longer.

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Awesome!! That is gunna be one happy critter!

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nice. great to see a large accommodation for a critter
have you already designed the background?
you could have a wicked 3D background in there without taking up any floor space and having another level for the dragon to utilise (well with the one I have in my head you could ) with natural hides/caves to boot.

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Wicked Chloe, love a good dragon viv and this has potential! I will do similar when I have my rep room however I think I'll go deeper and higher also, I find 2ft to small when the length is 6ft or longer.

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Cheers Tom , yeah I would of loved to have made him an 8x3x3 or even a 8x4x4 but I didn't want it too be too bulky as the room isn't as big as I'd like and I already have another six vivs in the room that will need upgrading in the future, I'm thinking of stacking some vivs on top of the 8x2 so didn't want it to be too high and I don't think I could trust him with that much height he's a kamikaze lizard he's forever nose diving from his top ledge, and the way he lands! I'm surprised he hasn't broken his neck.
He does have free roam of the rep room as well, so it shouldn't be a problem

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Thanks Dave I hope he'll be happy with it.

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nice. great to see a large accommodation for a critter
have you already designed the background?
you could have a wicked 3D background in there without taking up any floor space and having another level for the dragon to utilise (well with the one I have in my head you could ) with natural hides/caves to boot.

good luck with the build.

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I have made a small start on the background, but then I pulled a muscle in my neck so its on hold until the stiffness in my neck eases up.

The main thing I had in my mind before starting the background, was that I wanted to utilise all of the height, I wanted it to be practical for him.



This is as far as I've got, but as you can see there's plenty of ledges which he'll be able to climb with ease

I do have one ledge that comes out onto the floor but that's going to be the only one.

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Haven't done as much as I'd like to have done by now as I just got a new job, but I'll have some spare time this week to get on with some more grouting hopefully











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Cheers Trem, can't wait to get it all finished and move him in
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That looks amazing! I cant wait to see more pictures of it! He is one lucky beardie
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That looks amazing! I cant wait to see more pictures of it! He is one lucky beardie
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