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    SirKristoff is a poopiehead Ozzy's Avatar
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    Blue tongue skinks new home

    I think my blue tongue skink has gotten tired of his current home.

    Here he is sitting on top of his current home.


    Lately he has been pacing and rubbing his snout on the side of the tank. Both signs that he is unhappy. I have been wanting to try my hand at building a habitat made from fake rock. There is almost no info about how to do this online, so I pretty much had to come up with my own design.

    My plan was make the 3 sides and the floor out of plexiglass. The front would be made of real glass.

    I would cut and glue styrofoam to the three plexiglass sides. I planned to place ceramic tiles on the floor.

    I would fill in between the styrofoam with spray foam. After all that was done I would paint on tile adhesive to the foam. Give it a day to dry. and put on enough coats until I had the effect that I wanted. Then paint that with non toxic acrylic paint. Over the paint I would put a coat of varnish on it.

    Well after I got to Home Depot, I went to get the plexiglass and after seeing the price I realized that I would have to change my plans. I went to the lumber dept. and looked to see if I could find a replacement for the plexiglass.

    I found peg board for $12 a sheet. They had about the same thing as peg board except no holes in it for $6 a sheet. I had them cut all the pieces I needed from one sheet. I bought some L brackets to hold it together.

    I got home and screwed the hole-less peg board together. Started cutting the foam with my zallsaw and glueing it on. The best glue to use is a hot glue gun. It sticks almost instant.

    I then sprayed the foam between the pieces of styrofoam. I let it dry over night.

    Next day I painted on the first layer of tile adhesive. Let it dry over night

    Here is the pics of what it looked like with one layer of tile adhesive.

    Just as a reference, the dimensions of this are 3' X 3' X 2'


    I repeated that until I had 3 layers.

    I let it dry overnight and I put one layer of paint the next day. I matched the paint to the tiles that are on the bottom. The color is soft wheat. I don't think I'll choose that color next time.

    After the first coat dryed it cracked. I think all the uneven surfaces caused it too crack as it dryed. The paint seemed to have stuck it just cracked. It was really a cool effect. The next day I put on a second coat. This time the paint didn't crack and it filled in the cracks from the first coat.
    Here are some pics just after the second coat was applied.















    After the second layer dyed you could see the cracks from the first layers. I think it makes it look more like real rock.

    I have to put the varnish on and then build the front part and I'll be done.

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    Pretty! I hope your skink likes it
    Great Googly Moogly!

    Beware of the yellow snow!

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    SirKristoff is a poopiehead Ozzy's Avatar
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    That's no fair Niki, you're not suppose to be nice to me.


    Anyway here is a small update.

    I have two coats of varnish on it. I also have the glass and all the hardware to install the glass. I have the frame cut and one coat of varnish on the wood. I will see tomorrow if the the wood or the fake rock needs another coat of varnish.

    Here are pics of the enclosure after the second coat of varnish.

    In some of the pics I leaned on piece of the frame to see what they would look like together. Most of these pics don't show the true color. In the pic you can see through the varnish somewhat. On the frame and the fake rock.









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    Ok I won't be nice anymore....Jeff thinks the 3rd pic (in your last post) looks like some type of feces covered in paint, he also said something else but I can't say that here
    Great Googly Moogly!

    Beware of the yellow snow!

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    Reminds me of the Flintstones. Looks good.

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    have been wanting to try my hand at building a habitat made from fake rock. There is almost no info about how to do this online
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    geez Oz yah should have asked, i know a bunch of dart frog nuts who love playing with that foam............coulda directed you to some info
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    Well direct me to it.

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    I too would like the directions to said people/references if you do not mind, rattler. Have my eye on something that might like such a set up.
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