Home Depot Bamboo safe?

MnGuy

New Member
Hi Everyone,

Are the long, dried bamboo poles that they sell at Home Depot safe to use in chameleon enclosures? These are the relatively thin poles (6 feet tall?) that they sell in the outdoor garden section next to plastic poles that you'd use as a stake for plants, climbing vines, etc.

I was at Home Depot the other day and asked them if the poles are chemically treated in any way, and the guy wasn't sure.

Thanks!
 

Calypratus

Established Member
bamboo is not dangerous in any way from what I know. Good for climbing on. It should be fine, I used fluker's bamboo sticks in my enclosure.
 

MnGuy

New Member
Thanks for all of the input, everyone.

I use safe branches from my trees, too, but I like the idea of using some bamboo to build a strong frame for attaching branches, vines and plants. I like the rigidity and uniform width and size of the bamboo.
 

salty dog

Avid Member
I've heard natural bamboo is ok, although I think the smooth surface is hard for cham to grip onto it, using an inside frame of bamboo is a great idea!!
 

CamoChameleonsHuman

Chameleon Enthusiast
I just built a tower of wooden dowels from Hobby Lobby cost me $10 after tax I think. It's definitely sturdy enough to hold a few potted plants.
 

CC's Baby

Avid Member
I bought the group of 3 branch sets at Hobby Lobby when they have them on their 50% off of naturals sale. They are as thick as bamboo but they are great for climbing and strong for mounting.
 

salty dog

Avid Member
I have done what you are doing, I made a frame on the inside of my viv out of thick mulberry branches, it works very very well, and very space efficient, I've been told oak is better than mulberry, but I havn't had any problems with mulberry yet, fingers crossed
 

MnGuy

New Member
I have done what you are doing, I made a frame on the inside of my viv out of thick mulberry branches, it works very very well, and very space efficient, I've been told oak is better than mulberry, but I havn't had any problems with mulberry yet, fingers crossed
How did you attach the pieces? String, glue, notched joinery, etc?
 

MnGuy

New Member
I ended up creating a frame out of Home Depot bamboo, tying it together with a rubber-coated metal twine, and then using a Dollar Store willow wreath as vines.

Carefully unraveled the wreath, boiled it in a big pot, taking out the wood and turning it around halfway through since it’s too big to fit in all at once, and then stretched it out when it was wet to straighten it a little.
 

Attachments

Top Bottom