Home Depot Bamboo safe?

MnGuy

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#1
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!
 
#2
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

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#4
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.
 
#11
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.
 
#13
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

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#14
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?
 
#17
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.
 

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