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Guide to Terrarium Snakes
Terrarium snakes are a group of snakes that are often kept as pets. They tend to be moderately sized and have a calm temperament, making them suitable for beginner snake owners.
Many people choose to keep a terrarium snake instead of a more traditional pet such as a dog or cat because they can fit well in an aquarium-sized enclosure whereas many other animals cannot.
Snakes are a type of reptile that is known for being quite different from other types of pets. Unlike a dog or cat, snakes do not have an upright body so they cannot be handled the same way as many other animals. Some people find them to be rather “slimy” whereas others find their smooth scales to be quite beautiful. Unfortunately, some people have been very misinformed about snakes and often recognize them as being dangerous or evil when in fact the only reason they’re typically feared is that they tend to live in areas where humans rarely venture (homes, sewers, fields).
First of all, most terrarium snakes need to have branches and rocks inside their enclosures for them to climb on. This makes it more difficult to maintain as you’ll often have to scrub down said branches/rocks so your snake doesn’t slither over them while they clean themselves. In addition, many smells from the ground can be picked up by snakes which can alter their behavior if they’re exposed to said smell too long (i.e.: a dead mouse corpse).
Types of terrarium snakes
The most popular types of terrarium snakes are corn snakes, king snakes, milk snakes, and ball pythons. These four species are typically abundant in pet stores across the country for this reason; they’re not only beautiful but incredibly easy to take care of as long as their needs are met.
- Corn Snakes (Patternless)
- Corn Snakes (Red/Orange)
- King Snakes (Grey)
- King Snakes (Yellow)
- Milk Snakes all have red blotches on a lighter background
- Ball Python (“Normal” coloration – can vary based on locality)
- Ball Python (super bright red coloration – also called “hypo”)
Best Terrarium Snakes – FAQ
Can snakes live in a terrarium?
The lair a.k.a terrarium
Are Exo Terra terrariums good for snakes?
Exo Terra Glass Natural Terrarium
What pet lives in a terrarium?
Central American anoles (Anolis sp.), tokay geckos (Gekko gecko), flying geckos (Ptychozoon kuhlii), and crested geckos (Correlophus ciliatus) are some of the more popular choices for rainforest terrariums. Of these, crested geckos are among the easiest pet lizards to maintain and the best choice for beginners.
Should I cover my snake’s terrarium?
Unless it’s a green tree python or some other arboreal species, your pet snake will spend most of its time on the bottom of the cage. With a screen lid covering the top of the glass cage, there is nothing to keep the warm air from rising up and out of the snake’s enclosure.
Do snakes get bored in captivity?
The takeaways of it are that essentially pet snakes do not really get bored (or so we think). They certainly do not get lonely as they are solitary creatures that only get together when it is time to mate. What is more important is the fact that snakes can suffer from stress and can get unhappy due to it.
Do snakes poop?
Snakes possess an organ called a cloaca, which controls basically all of their down-there functions: eggs, mating, and, yes, poop and wee. Like birds, they excrete a poop-wee mixture, rather than separating them. Much like humans, snakes excrete more or less depending on how much, and how often, they eat.
What is the best snake to have as a pet?
The three best options for pet snakes are the three most common species kept in homes – corn snakes, ball pythons, and garter snakes. Corn snakes, Master says, are probably the best option for a beginner, as they become docile and tolerant of frequent handling, are hardy, and a readily available captive-bred species.
What is the best snake cage?
Top 5 Tanks for Nearly Any Snake
Snake Terrarium Snake Size Buy Now
Exo Terra 20 Gallon Snake Tank 24-30 inches See on Amazon
Exo Terra 30 Gallon Snake Tank 30-48 inches See on Amazon
REPTIZOO 40 Gallon Snake Tank 48-60 inches See on Amazon
Carolina Custom 50 Gallon Cage 60+ inches See on Amazon
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How big should a terrarium be for a snake?
We think the minimum size for an adult is a 45cm Terrarium, but in all honesty, you can go as big as you like as they can be kept in number. Just make sure it is sealed and they have the UV and the moisture they require to live properly.
What is the smallest snake you can have as a pet?
The Barbados thread snake is the smallest snake in the world, but it doesn’t make a good pet. Of the small snakes for beginners, perhaps the best option is the ball python.
Length & Weight.
List of Small Pet Snakes Smooth green snake
Hatchling Length 4in
Average Length 14-20in
Longest Length 26in
Average Weight 30g
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How big is a 40-gallon snake tank?
40 gallon (long) terrarium 36″L x 18″W x 18″H with a custom dual screen top.
What is the best pet for snuggling?
8 Small Pets That Are Soft, Affectionate, and Perfect For Cuddling
Hamsters. Hamsters are naturally playful, but they’re also extremely affectionate and love attention.
What animals can live in a 5-gallon terrarium?
What pets can I keep in a 5-gallon tank?
What’s the difference between a vivarium and a terrarium?
So, what is the difference between a terrarium and a vivarium
Are fake plants OK for snakes?
Make sure you purchase artificial plants that are made specifically for use in vivaria or aquaria from a reptile or pet store or online herp supplier. Artificial plants cannot do this, so it is important to keep them clean, just as you do your vivarium glass or other surfaces.
Do snakes need fresh air?
The snakes can grow to be greater than a yard long, although the ones Lillywhite catches are generally a bit smaller. They have flattened tails that act as paddles. Like all snakes and marine mammals, they must breathe air to live even if they do spend their entire lives in the sea.
Can you put a snake in a glass terrarium?
Glass terrariums can be a suitable environment for reptiles in general. They come in a variety of sizes, and they can be easily lit and heated from above. In my experience, pet snakes spend more time hiding when they are kept in all-glass cages. They simply feel more exposed, and with good reason.
Do snakes recognize their owners?
Unlike dogs, cats, rats, and birds, snakes simply do not have the right type of intelligence to recognize one specific human from another. However, snakes can be conditioned into tolerating human contact, which may create the illusion of recognition and differentiation.
Can you leave a snake alone for a week?
Most snakes can be left alone for a week as long as they have been fed and have access to enough clean drinking water. Any lights and heaters will need to be set on a timer, and it’s best to feed the snake two days before leaving in case of any regurgitation or feces.
Do snakes remember you?
Because snakes have a good sense of smell and good hearing, they may be able to recognize and remember their owners.