The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

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The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

Postby Bjorn » Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:40 pm

I have a friend that made this shift box and might be looking into making them for other keen hot enthusiasts. I have tested it out and there is not much I can think of adding besides a slot for heating pads. This is why no matter what your heating pad type you can get the shift box to the perfect temps. I have tested the foil 9w pad under the box and got a temp of 30 deg c on the warm side and almost room temperature on the cool side. This allows for thermo regulation in the hide it's self. Other cooler heat pads can be made to slide in the hollow floor space.

The walls of the box are also hollow which allows for great insulation when transporting etc.

Here you can see the box closed with snake entrance.
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Notice the protective glass sheet that allows for close inspection on your snake. This sheet can be removed through the front of the box if you need to take the snake out for attention.
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Here you are able to see the wooden rod and the handle which can be removed for transport.
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Here you can see the rod which is spring loaded. This locks the door and the glass in place.
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If you guys have any ideas on how it could be made better or safer let me know. I really think that these are a great asset to the safe keeping of snakes.
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Re: The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

Postby Superciliaris » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:47 pm

Hi Bjorn,
I definitely need a few of these. But would want them them 15cm tall (12cm for the snake 3cm for the glass offset). The heating wouldn't bother me, the snake must come out for heating.
Good idea & Def a market for them :)

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Re: The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

Postby Superciliaris » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:47 pm

Nice cobra btw
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Re: The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

Postby Bjorn » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:35 pm

Thanks it is a nice Capie but as nasty as they come!

This boxes inside dimensions is 30cmx22cmx20cm high and the glass is 4cm set in from the top. They can be made any size I would guess but we may look at making certain sizes. One around this size and one twice the size for larger snakes.
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Re: The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

Postby Eyelash » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:56 pm

Very nice Bjorn !

Ones that are a bit bigger will work great in the mamba cages !I recon you'll have a market for these...

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Re: The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

Postby Bjorn » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:01 am

I can't really take credit but yes they are nice and would be great for mambas etc. I think larger ones will also suit the like of Forest cobras and Snouted cobras. So most definably worth looking into.

They take a lot of labour but the size doesn't influence the about of labour really.
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Re: The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

Postby Bushviper » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:13 am

Very well thought out. I would also not bother with the heating pads. I like the lock / rod mechanism which just give that little more security holding the glass in.

I just dont get the bit where the "handle" is removed. Rather use a plastic doorknob and leave it in place if you stick to that design.

It would also be easier if you just had a swivel flap for a door which will not get stuck if dirt gets into it. Much easier to make and easier to maintain. You can also flip it closed with a hook or tongs without getting your hand too close to the open hide box while the snake is inside.

I think the serious hot collectors will buy them.
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Re: The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

Postby Bjorn » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:59 pm

Thanks for those points BV. You can use a hook to close this door but as you say substrate getting stuck in the groove might be an issue. It is raised above the ground so might not be a problem. I will see in time as I have it with mulch.

The rod is a great idea as you say holding in the glass and also preventing the door from being accidentally opened.

How would you lock the swivel door in place? I use this method with my mambas but there box has a heavy door and is not removed where it could be bumped open.

The handle is just removed for transportation purposes so its a sleeker box. The handle can easily be glued into place if the person would prefer it that way.
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Re: The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

Postby Bushviper » Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:18 pm

My swivel doors have a hole drilled in the face so that you slip a aluminium peg in there to hold it in position. The door is quite heavy and is thick enough to not pull away.
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Re: The perfect shift box for venomous keepers.

Postby Bjorn » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:22 pm

Ok that is a nice way of doing it. Will test this one properly and see how it runs.
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