Chris, Welcome to the Router Forums!
I'm the "Otis" referred to by Cherryville Chuck. Reptile keeping has been something I've done as a hobby and professionally for over 55 years, now. I've worked with literally every species of snake except sea snakes, most species of lizards, numerous species of chelonians (turtles and tortoises) and crocodilians. I have enjoyed working with all of them - but some much more than others.
I've built cages with Melamine and I've also had cabinet shops custom build cages for me from Melamine, but I'll never use it again! This is not, however; a criticism of you - it just means that for my needs it hasn't worked as well as numerous other products have worked!
You mentioned several things that made my "ears stand-up", one being heat tape! Experience has taught me that stuff can be very deadly to your critters! There are good kinds and terrible kinds, and one of the most widely sold brands has started quite a few house fires - even one of my own! I am very good friends with Bob Applegate - he is an avid snake and lizard breeder and former Fire Chief of San Diego, California and he can tell you stories about heat tape!
If you wish, you may text message me at 770-855-5482 and just refer to this note and give me your name and enough info so we can talk. Or, you may email me [email protected]
I do not answer calls from unrecognized numbers, but I will be glad to give you my toll-free number.
Currently I am keeping 21- snakes and 3- lizards,
Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia