Reptile Transportation Unit
AKA the RTU
What do you do when your to cheap to buy an expensive Kritter Keeper (or other brand) or they just don't make the size you need. Make your own.
I created the following two Reptile Transportation Unit (RTU) for under $10.00, you'll spend that on just one Kritter Keeper a the pet store. Plus these RTU are customizable. I didn't see any tutorial through my Google searches so I made this as I went along.
These RTU were built to transport an adult crested gecko, one in each but one unit turned out to be big enough for two.
These units can be used over and over again with proper care and sanitization.
Materials you will need:
-plastic storage container (I used a shoe box sized one)
-hot glue gun
-hot glue gun sticks
-window screen OR hard plastic needle point screen
For this RTU I am using a 6QT Sterlite shoe box storage container.
Using a sharpie marker draw a line around the RIM (indent) of the lid (the line will just help you cut straight, it is not necessary though). Using the hot glue gun melt a hole at one of the corners, this will help you cut the center out.
Once you have the hole melted use either the exacto knife or the scissors to cut on the line. Try and cut are straight as possible and do not leave any jagged edges. After you have fully removed the center piece, go around the edges and even out any parts.
You should end up with something that looks like this
The hole you have just created will have to be covered with something (DUH), think of what you will be transporting. Will a large/strong animal it is probably best to use the hard screen, with a smaller/weak animal a soft screen will do.
I choose to use the hard screen, soft screen will be similar to install just stretch and glue.
When cutting your screen be sure to leave EXTRA, this will make gluing a lot easier. You can either glue from the inside or the outside, it all depends what you want. I find that it looks better glued inside.
Start by putting glue down on one side and gluing your first side down. Do the same with the other sides. You could also glue from above because the glue will go through the holes.
Once you have the screen fully glued down, turn the lid over and glue around the seams. Let the glue harden and cut off any extra.
And your done. You can use the glue gun to easily melt holes in the sides for extra ventilation.
They are easily stackable for storage
And are great to contain you fierce reptile