JOB # 1 !


How safe are you from...
a FIRE !?

As a large Reptile keeper one of my primary concerns has always been the safety of my family.
I have kept hundreds of Boa Constrictors and produced thousands of babies but my greatest concern has always been the danger of fire. For this reason I have always taken all the special safety precautions I knew how to take to ensure that my family has always been safe. There are two primary things you can do to ensure the safety of your family and your herps. 1. Avoid flammable materials as much as possible. 2. Utilize heating sources that get warm enough but not TOO warm. Let me elaborate.

First thing: All of our cages and racks are built from a PVC type plastic. PVC is "self extinguishing". Self-Extinguishing! This means when you attempt to burn one of my cages or racks the material itself releases a gas that extinguishes the flame preventing the material from self-consuming. I have personally taken a torch to my plastic and burned it for a full minute. As soon as the torch is removed the plastic material is extinguished and ceases burning! That is correct. Our cages and racks can't burn without an external fuel source. So when we install heat "inside" a cage or rack, since it is fully encased in the plastic, the heater can't possibly start the cage or rack on fire. This is why we ensure that at no time can any of our heat sources come into direct contact with anything other that our "self extinguishing" PVC. If a sheet of Flexwatt somehow did get hot enough to start on fire that fire would go out for two reasons. 1. Since it is fully encased it can't get any oxygen which is needed to feed a fire thus it would go out. 2. The plastic material itself if burned will release the gas that will extinguish the flame. Being a family man it's nice to have peace of mind knowing that our cage plastic is "self extinguishing".

Obviously any wood products can and will burn. Polyurethane, Polystyrene, ABS, Acrylics, Acetals, Cellulose Acetate, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Cellulose Propionate,Cellulose Nitrate, Polyester and most other plastics are flammable as well if they have not been specially formulated not to be so. Many of these plastics can be purchased with an additive that makes that plastic "self extinguishing" like PVC. We do not know if any other cage manufacturers use the "self extinguishing" type of materials or not. Before making your next cage purchase you may want to ask if the materials used in the cages/racks you are considering are "self extinguishing". When you make your next purchase you might want to consider how important the fire risk is to you and your family and can your supplier ensure that their cage materials will not burn.

Secondly: I use low wattage Flexwatt to avoid unnecessary hot spots. The last thing anyone needs is a fire. I have always used lower wattage Flexwatt that has not been readily available to the Herp community. I had been purchasing this from a local distributor and now I get it directly from the manufacturer. The Flexwatt I had used primarily was 11" wide and only 10 watts per foot. This is half the wattage of the readily available 11" Flexwatt. I used a larger warm spot rather than a small "hot" spot to heat my Reptiles. A hot spot that is 95 degrees is really too warm for most herps to rest on. A larger warm spot of 88 degrees will be readily utilized by most herps when warming is desired. So my general philosophy has always been larger warm spots vs. a smaller "hot" spot that many other Herpers use. This is also a safety advantage. Lower temps equal a reduced chance of fire. We build and configure caging to heat adequately in a normal environment. We do not build caging that is intended to be used in a 60-degree environment that would be unreasonable to expect to be kept adequately warm. If we did and that same housing was moved to a normal room say in the summer time there could be serious problems. If an air conditioner fails and no thermostat is used we don't want you or your Reptiles to be in danger. Thermostats and rheostats can fail as well. I have had two brands of "Herp" thermostats fail over the years. I have also had a few rheostats stick in the wide open position but at no time were my Reptiles is danger of death because I do not use the higher wattage heaters when the lower wattage does the same job more effectively. They were unhappy and uncomfortable but fine. This is why we use the thermostat we do. It is the absolute best most reliable thermostat we know of period.

I hope after looking over the site it is obvious that we are trying to do much more than just blow cages and racks out the door. We want to help you be as successful with your critters as we have been. If you have a situation and need assistance, as a Boaphile Plastics customer you can count on us to help with consulting and coaching you to achieve what you need in your Herp housing.

Bottom line your safety is our number one concern and the well being of your herps is a close second. You can count on us to have these things at the forefront of everything we do every day.

Thank you,

Jeff Ronne / The Boaphile



All cages must be paid for before fabrication. All orders must be prepaid by any of the following methods
(Certified bank check, money order, Postal money order, which are available at your local Post Office, or
personal check) I am now accepting credit cards through "PayPal".


5% Discount at the $1500 level.

10% Discount at the $4000 level.

15% Discount at the $15,000 level.

"Combo Stacks" already include the first tier 5% discount. An additional 5% discount
kicks in at the $4000 and $15,000 levels.

Thank you.


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(507) 263-7289

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For those reason, we are not able to answer all emails, but we do answer the
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Mailing address:
Jeff Ronne Sr.
PO Box 865
Marshall, MO 65340
(507) 263-7289

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