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Snake species vs vivarium size? [sorted - thanks for your efforts] Answered

I have finally persuaded my wife that we "need" a snake, and she has agreed to something in the general area of a corn snake (at least, that's how I'm interpreting "the smaller the better, and don't you dare buy a python!").

I was going to go down the route of choose a snake then choose the right vivarium, when it occurred to me that the ideal location for me would be on a particular shelf.

I have the necessary skills to construct a vivarium, but it would be an odd size compared to others - approx 75cm across the front, 25cm tall and 25cm deep.

So, is there a snake that would be happy in a tank of these dimensions?

There is also the option of removing a shelf and having the tank twice as tall, so it could potentially have two floors with a hole between (and probably some sort of climbing branch up through the hole).

(On a slightly related note, are there any health reasons against using cyanoacrylate super glue in parts of the construction? I would, of course, give the glue plenty of time to cure & air before adding the resident.)

An extra condition has been added - it had better not be smelly.  Are snakes smelly on a day-to-day basis?

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Kiteman

4 years ago

Sorted!

I have consulted with an expert, and gone for a cornsnake. I also managed to acquire one through a re-home. I collect her tomorrow.

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Vyger

4 years ago

A number of years ago the Biology teacher at the high school had a non poisonous snake that he kept in the class room. I don't know what kind it was. The interesting thing was that he was going to be gone over Christmas break so he left the snake in the room and gave it 2 live mice to eat. The snake ate the first mouse right away. However what the teacher hadn't though of was that they turned the heat down over the break so the building was pretty cold. The snake, being cold blooded basically went into hibernation. The second mouse, getting hungry and being just fine with the cold, chewed up the snake and killed it over the 2 week period.

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KitemanVyger

Answer 4 years ago

Ah, that won't happen, largely because They made it illegal to feed live mice to pet snakes a few years ago.

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Downunder35m

4 years ago

That is quite small for a snake, at least if you want it move around properly - you have a garden do you? ;)
Even a tiny corn snake will grow to something over 1.5m long....
You could get a Barbados Threadsnake though - they are quite happy in a big coffe pot with some small branches and leaves.

I think for a beginner and being in the US a Garter Snake would be a good start.
They are quite small, so no probs with your terrarium size.
Or maybe a Grey Banded King if you are more into dangerous looking colors.
Super glue is no problem either but it might become one later on as the stuff does not like constant moisture.
If your snake prefers a dry climate itwould not be a problem.

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KitemanDownunder35m

Answer 4 years ago

Cool, thanks - Other people have also recommended a Childrens or Anthill python, so I've got some good lines of research.