Prince Jackson's Love of Animals 'Comes from His Father'
03/20/2014 AT 05:45 PM EDT
Days after being spotted leaving a Woodland Hills, Calif., pet supply store with his arms full, the king of pop's son updated his fans with a Vine video showing off his latest pet project.
"80 hours of actual work in total 7 hours just today of work with 1hr of transporting the materials it should be done in a couple weeks," Jackson, 17, captioned the video, which documents an in-the-works structure for reptile cages (and a parrot!).
"Prince has about 10 snakes. He started with them after his father died when he went to live with his grandmother. He's got lizards, too," a family source tells PEOPLE.
"He's very, very serious about them," adds the source. "It comes from his father and growing up around animals."
Jackson, who, aside from indulging in his decidedly wild hobby, has also been spending time with new gal pal Nikita Bess, displayed his DIY cages with another Vine video earlier this month.
"Finishing up cages with Jedi thoughts and opinions it's not even decorated yet or painted so that will happen soon," he captioned the video while telling fans about his various snake cages (anacondas, boas and pythons will be the lucky inhabitants).
We can't wait to see the final product – slimy residents included.