Kait Builds A Cage – just another positive homeschooling experience
Kait has lizards. She has 3 Green Anoles that are really kinda cool to watch. She has been housing them in our 30 gallon aquarium on the back porch but since the weather has cooled off at night she began to search for better ways to care for them.
She started looking for a nice terrarium style cage for them and was surprised at the $100 and larger price tags. It didn’t take long for her to realize that building one herself would cost only a third or less than what buying a pre-made one would cost. We told her that if she went through that kind of dedicated work to care for these lizards we would allow her to set up a habitat for them in her room.
By the following Saturday she had decided on measurements, determined what and how much of everything she would need and collected all her supplies. While Ryan was close by working to fix a leaky seal on the jeep, Kait used his compound miter saw to cut her pieces – measuring carefully she didn’t have to redo but one cut! Piece by piece she assembled her cage but had trouble with the impact drill which Ryan helped her with.
Together they stretched the screen over each side and ended up with a fine looking, two level duplex for her Anoles. The center piece is easily removable to create one tall cage as soon as her smallest Anole is ready to be housed with the larger two. She also purchased the appropriate lighting for them and after much research and construction she put together a very nice looking 18x18x36 Anole habitat. After lining the bottom with some very cute picnic table fabric she added the appropriate climbing branches and hiding places.
She did a fabulous job for her first real building project and she learned a lot. Eventually she would like to finish the wood but for right now she is very happy with her $32 cage.
Her Anoles have taken to their new home very well. They are out of hiding much more, climbing on the screen and socializing with each other.
It has been a positive experience for Kait and her little Anole friends.
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