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Looking for some informed advice on creating a slate topped hide for my royal pythons. I have purchased slate tiles for a roof. I am now looking at strip wood that I can use to create effectively three 3 walls to make a hide. I have read that certain pine and softwoods can be dangerous for reptiles. Does this still apply if the wood has been dried in a kiln? Are there any better alternative strip woods that I could use safely?

Many thanks for reading and any information that you are able to provide. : victory:
 

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u can use pine just varnish it 2 or 3 times to make it more hygienic and durable, if u can get a hardwood like oak that will make a better job though.

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Looking for some informed advice on creating a slate topped hide for my royal pythons. I have purchased slate tiles for a roof. I am now looking at strip wood that I can use to create effectively three 3 walls to make a hide. I have read that certain pine and softwoods can be dangerous for reptiles. Does this still apply if the wood has been dried in a kiln? Are there any better alternative strip woods that I could use safely?

Many thanks for reading and any information that you are able to provide. : victory:
 

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u can use pine just varnish it 2 or 3 times to make it more hygienic and durable, if u can get a hardwood like oak that will make a better job though.

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Thank you for taking time to reply. Much appreciated.

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you can use most types of wood as long as its varnished with a few coats of varnished. plywood is cheap and looks good once varnished!!
 

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Would gel coat be ok to use with snakes?
 

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cant you get some more tiles and cut them and use a hot glue gun to stick it all together ? think that would look nice ?:2thumb:
 

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use some fancy coloured bricks (like black) as the walls with the slate top. will look more natural, they are strong, wont rot or harbour mites and gives the snake a rough surface to shed against.
 

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Thanks all. I like the idea of using bricks but worry that they would be to thick and take up a large amount of the viv space.

Could I use any varnish or are there particular reptile safe varnishes that people recommend?

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cant you get some more tiles and cut them and use a hot glue gun to stick it all together ? think that would look nice ?:2thumb:
Cutting tiles = beyond my diy limits :)

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I have knocked hides together in the past with pieces of pressure treated timber and never had an issue. Well cured & dried out pine would be fine also I imagine.
 

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Roofing slates can be very sharp :gasp:
 
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