Your Snake Vivarium: Some Factors You Need To Know

Your Snake Vivarium: Some Factors You Need To Know

Anyone can search their local pet store or search online for reptile vivariums, reptile terrariums, and reptile cages and buy whatever else for their pet reptiles, but it takes some serious knowledge to truly make a great home for their reptiles’.

One thing that is still seen today is custom snake enclosures made by enthusiasts, by modifying fish aquariums, improvising terrariums out of glass panels etc… Apart from being a messy and painstaking process, the security aspect ends up being poor unless you really know what you are doing. Snakes are amazing escape artists and you wouldn’t want to have a fugitive snake on your home, or lurking on your neighbor’s house. Also those hand-made enclosures are bad holding the heat, which is a key component of a snake’s habitat. Between a hand-made enclosure and a commercial one, the later is always a better choice, they’re easy to set up, more secure, offer better conditions and they also look much better on your living room.

Apart from the cage itself, depending on the particular species, you will also need some basic accessories, they are:

  • A lightning source
  • A heating source
  • Hiding areas on the enclosure
  • A water bowl

Most snake species just need a basic light-cycle of day and night, but when it comes to temperature, different snakes have different requirements.

When it comes to snake vivariums, you have a wide range of choices depending of what kind of snake you have or the amount of money you are willing to spend. When your snake is still a baby, a plastic vivarium will do just fine, they are cheap and convenient. When it turns into an adult however, it’s better to use a glass vivarium or a wooden vivarium. Between wooden vivariums and glass vivariums for instance, I would choose the wooden one because it holds the heat better, also you have to be careful with the glass vivarium when it is exposed to the sunlight as it can overheat pretty easily.

Other important aspect is the actual product that lines the bottom of the vivarium, besides aspen shavings, sand is also a valid option if you own a desert snake, like the rattlesnake. If your snake is not a desert species however, it might be dangerous for the snake as it might suffocate on it.

Plants are another cool item to have on your vivarium, there are many types of plants out there and you have to make sure to choose a plant that is not poisonous or dangerous for your snake. Jade plants and spider plants might be the best choices as they are very resilient, you don’t need to take care of them constantly which makes them a practical choice. When setting up the plant to put it on the vivarium, you’ll need to clean it and take out most of the original soil from the roots as it might have pesticides and other toxic remains. If you have more than one plant, it would be a good idea to rotate it in and out of the vivarium so they can get some sunlight.

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