This material can be excellent for building large enclosure that need significant structural integrity. Melamine is heavy though so is not used for something that needs to be moved around.

We used Melamine to build many of our largest enclosures – 8′ and larger. What you see here is the main structure for our mainland retic stack. These are each 11′ long, 3′ deep, and 2′ high so they give giants like Valac and Lilith ample room to stretch out and exercise.

This is the superdwarf stack. This one is also melamine, however it is made out of recycled tables! Yep, you read that right – tables. Thirteen 8×3′ folding tables were donated to Snake Haus last year. At first we didn’t know what to do with them. Then an epiphany struck – these tables are melamine! The stack of enclosures you see here is made out of 12 tables. We love to recycle and reuse items that would have otherwise been discarded into a dump. Hurray!

Here is a melamine enclosure nearing completion. It still needs another door but you can see the idea. We installed heavy duty wheels on this one that are strong enought to support 2000lbs. It will act at the base for a rolling display for shows. We prefer melamine for this type of a build because it is much stronger than the foam board PVC that boamasters and other similar enclosures are made of.

This week’s project: refurbishing a donated enclosure!This enclosure was generously donated to Snake Haus, but arrived torn apart in pieces and with some damage. I scratched my head over it for a while trying to figure out what to do with it. It’s an odd size and doesn’t quite fit into any of my plans. Well it turns out another recent donation is allowing us to get an enclosed cargo trailer for transportation of our animals to and from shows. That means I can take BIG stuff to the expo in July?! So if this turns out the way I hope, we’ll be having our largest snake on display for you all to see at the Pacific NW Reptile Show in Puyallup.After rebuilding this thing, installing new doors, strong wheels, better heat, resealing the edges, and installing cage furniture, I think it’s going to work. 🤞 Hopefully you will get to see the re-newed display and its occupant in Puyallup.

Posted by Snake Haus on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Here is a combination of PVC and Melamine. In this case we built a rolling base out of stonger melamine to stack some boa masters on top of.

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Melamine doors on the tegu enclosure.