Is Oak Plywood ok to use for a Chinese Water Dragon cage?

I am getting a Chinese Water Dragon and I have done 4 hours of research a day for the past 2 months and I haven’t found any website that said anything about Oak Plywood, if it is toxic or not (or just safe to use for them) and a 2nd question should I line the inside of my cage with Plexiglass so the humidity will not ruin the wood? Thanks for your help (:

You could line with plexi and seal, but that will be expensive. You will be supporting a large water area and high humidity to support a water dragon, so any wood needs to be sealed well. If it were me, I’d build a 8X4X6 (Chinese Water Dragons will be 2-3 feet in total length). This will allow room for movement and a large water feature. I’d use 1/2" OSB, well support with 2X4 framing in the floor and the walls built as if you were building a small shed (leave space for plexi windows in the front). Top this off with a piece of OSB for a roof (you can use screen over 1/4 of the roof for ventilation, with small vents lower on the cage). Paint liberally with a water sealer. Water based polyurethane is a good choice, as is Dry-Lok. You will need to let this air out for the amount of time needed for all chemical smell to dissipate. Close the cage up, heat it up and after 24 hours, evaluate any chemical odors and air out again as necessary. Repeat until no trace of chemical odor is noted.

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  1. ftfisher4x4 says:

    You could line with plexi and seal, but that will be expensive. You will be supporting a large water area and high humidity to support a water dragon, so any wood needs to be sealed well. If it were me, I’d build a 8X4X6 (Chinese Water Dragons will be 2-3 feet in total length). This will allow room for movement and a large water feature. I’d use 1/2" OSB, well support with 2X4 framing in the floor and the walls built as if you were building a small shed (leave space for plexi windows in the front). Top this off with a piece of OSB for a roof (you can use screen over 1/4 of the roof for ventilation, with small vents lower on the cage). Paint liberally with a water sealer. Water based polyurethane is a good choice, as is Dry-Lok. You will need to let this air out for the amount of time needed for all chemical smell to dissipate. Close the cage up, heat it up and after 24 hours, evaluate any chemical odors and air out again as necessary. Repeat until no trace of chemical odor is noted.
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