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    Monitor enclosures and housing

    No other aspect of monitor husbandry is as misunderstood as proper housing, and your caging decisions will ultimatly be the one factor that will either lead to success or failure. I have compiled a lot of information from a lot of great cage builders to find out what works and what does not. Creating a humid tropical climate in a box is not difficult if you follow these guidelines.

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    The "Grow up Cage" Fallacy

    This misinformation gets passed out so frequently it's sickening. Monitor lizards do not get "stressed out" by large cages when they are babies or otherwise. To belive this is lunacy, Monitor lizards command very large territories in the wild, what makes people think a mere 8 feet is going to stress these lizards out?

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    Bio Active soil for burrowing

    For a few years now, we have been using bio-active soils in cages.
    Creating a bio-active substrate is quite easy. It may involve things you are not used to hearing like, DO NOT BAKE, CLEAN, DISINFECT, OR WASH ANYTHING. Your friends in natural dirt will take care of all that for you.

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    Here we can see a very well built basking lamp array, this clever design allows for the use of multiple low wattage halogen lamps for maximum coverage.

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    This is a perfect example of a well sealed enclosure using the tried and proven cattle trough as a base to hold the soil and prevent cage rot.

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    Using insulation and double walls ensures stability in you environment, a MUST if your cage is out in the garage or down in your basement.

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