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    Re: (Semi) newbie here with many, MANY questions!

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    Just excited & eager to get going, but yeah, you need to be less impulsive, otherwise "when you decide in haste, you're likely to regret at leisure".

    But you can also modify clean cardboard boxes (even cardboard oatmeal cartons) to use for hides in the meantime, & just toss them when they get wet or dirty. Snakes don't care what it's made of, they just care that hides give them privacy. I use a box-cutter to cut doorways in cardboard all the time. Most of my snakes have permanent hides, but some are using cardboard for various reasons, & with no "complaints" btw. They may not look as nice but you can't beat the price- free! Some people also modify plastic bowls or plant pots for use as hides too. And with minimal skills you can make them out of wood & various other materials too.
    I'd like to think I'm not terribly impulsive... It's not something I did on a whim, I've been carefully considering new hides for a while, I simply messed up a crucial step. In fact while running around the stores I held off buying a number of things that I knew I didn't immediately need when more pressing supplies would be needed.

    I did nearly get some pick up some plastic containers at the dollar store though, but I remembered my previous attempts to make holes in such things before which went horribly... Really need a blowtorch or something because every time I tried cutting out an entry hole I'd always get uncomfortable with how sharp the edges would turn out.

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    Re: (Semi) newbie here with many, MANY questions!

    Quote Originally Posted by Snagrio View Post
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    I did nearly get some pick up some plastic containers at the dollar store though, but I remembered my previous attempts to make holes in such things before which went horribly... Really need a blowtorch or something because every time I tried cutting out an entry hole I'd always get uncomfortable with how sharp the edges would turn out.
    Easiest way to cut/modify & smooth edges /or put holes in plastic is with a cheap (about $10 or less) soldering iron, like this (just random example). The only thing though is that plastic off-gases toxic smoke that you must not breathe, so ONLY do this outside on a porch or in the garage where it can be aired out.
    Last edited by Bogertophis; 04-19-2021 at 10:43 PM.
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    Re: (Semi) newbie here with many, MANY questions!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    Easiest way to cut/modify & smooth edges /or put holes in plastic is with a cheap (about $10 or less) soldering iron, like this (just random example). The only thing though is that plastic off-gases toxic smoke that you must not breathe, so ONLY do this outside on a porch or in the garage where it can be aired out.
    That's what I use, too. And I snap off the strings of plastic that always happen, although I've seen people who don't worry about it.
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    And Snagrio, this is how people put all those little ventilation holes in plastic totes they use to brumate their snakes in. You can use it to smooth (melt) the rough edges.
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    Re: (Semi) newbie here with many, MANY questions!

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    And Snagrio, this is how people put all those little ventilation holes in plastic totes they use to brumate their snakes in. You can use it to smooth (melt) the rough edges.
    Oh. I simply drilled holes from the inside outwards for the container I put him in when I do cleaning (that way the "shrapnel" only faces outwards). Would certainly make doing that a lot easier when I need to make holes for bigger totes.

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    A nail file or sandpaper can also be used to soften the rough edges, not to point out the obvious or anything.
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