Top critical review
All glass, no class.
on October 19, 2012
I purchased this book because I didn't want to spend $1,800 on a commercially-built cage large enough to house my 10-foot anerythristic Colombian boa. Unfortunately, this book is not written with that intention.
Ideally, snakes should have at least 1 square foot of enclosure space for each foot of snake, and the 90-gallon glass aquarium he's been living in for the past 6 years has gotten rather small. For optimal health and longevity, and quality of life, they should be able to stretch out to their full length with a slight space to either side in the enclosure (it should be about as long as they are). Enclosures large enough for this from companies such as Cages By Design are absolutely gorgeous, but far too expensive for people in my financial situation. Products like Vision cages, or BoaPhile products, are plastic and completely unattractive in my opinion.
This particular book provides good information for people who wish to BUY a glass aquarium (or greenhouse) and plant it with live plants to house reptiles. This book does NOT contain information about building any large enclosure from scratch. This was a total disappointment to me. I rated 2 stars rather than 1 because, while it doesn't provide any of the information I was interested in, it does a fairly good job of describing how to create attractive enclosures using glass aquariums.
If you're a DIY kinda person, skip this book. If you want to throw rocks, dirt, and plants into something someone else built, this may be the book for you.