Buying a Snake Tank
So you’re thinking of buying a pet snake? The first thing you want to think about is how you are going to provide it a suitable habitat. There are many ways to go about this, but the best way is to buy your snake a tank. A snake tank or vivarium is the best option for your snake because it will last a long time, it is easy to clean, and is suitable for all kinds of snakes. There are a few main things you need to consider when buying and preparing your tank. First, you need to determine the size of tank you will need. Second, how you are going to heat and light your snake’s tank. And last, you also need to consider your snake’s bedding, a thermometer, food and water supplies, and your tanks décor.
The first thing you need to think about is what type and size of tank you’ll need. The best and easiest kind to obtain is an aquarium. They come in many sizes and make great snake terrariums. When it comes to size, you want to make sure your tank will house your snake when it is full grown. Do not buy a tank that is only suitable for your snake while it is a baby, this is a huge waste of time and money. A 20 gallon tank will suit most snakes, but for some larger species you may need a 40 gallon.
The next thing you need to consider is how you heat and light your tank, this is essential to your snakes well being. Snakes are cold-blooded, so if you do not provide the right amount of heat and light for your snake, it will die. Under-tank heat pads can be used, but only place these beneath one side of the tank, this allows for a gradient temperature that goes from warmer to cooler. Your snake will move around from the warmer to the cooler area as needed to regulate body temperature. Overhead incandescent basking bulbs or daylight bulbs can also be used to provide the heat gradient or as a supplemental basking spot.
Also, you will need to provide your snake with a safe substance that will allow him to create a burrow. Aspen bedding is a natural, easy-to-clean and odorless substance in which snakes can burrow and nest as they would in the wild. Your snakes bedding should be changed often to avoid bacterial growth. Food and water can be easily provided in dishes that are accessible to your snake and should be changed regularly. A thermometer should be installed in your tank to ensure that it is providing your snake with the heat it needs.
Lastly you need to decorate your tank. You can use aspen shavings to cover the bottom of the tank to give it a natural habitat. The décor of the cage can also be improved by using a climbing branch and repti-vines that will add refuges for the snake to shed and to hide in. A snake instinctively feels the need to hide, so you should also provide it with many hiding spots.
If you make sure your tank meets all these requirements and is the right size, your snake will take to its habitat easily and will flourish.
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