Intro: How to Setup a Snake Viv
i will show you the best way to set up a safe and friendly vivarium for your snake
Step 1: Step 1 Lighting
first of you are going to need a light bulb to be fitted to act as a daylight for the snakes. i would strongly advise buying a light guard as i have had problems where i come home after work and i find the snake warped around the light bulb burning and damaging his scales.
Step 2: Step 2 Heat
then you are going to need to add something to raise the temperature of the viv. A lot of people put heat mates on the floor of the viv but that can burn the bottom and be very dangerous for snakes. i would use a heat lamp shown in the picture above as it is not only more efficient but a lot more safe.you will then need to add a lamp guard for protection of the snake just like the light bulb on the previous step .
Step 3: Step 3 Micro Climate
then you are going to need to add a micro climate.(a micro climate is a device that will alter the temperature in you viv to your required height you want via being connected to the heat lamp) this is a must during mating season
Step 4: Step 4 Double Chek
once you have installed the micro climate i will then ad a thermometer to double check it all works.
Step 5: Step 5 Bedding
then i would add bedding to the viv for the snake to feel like it is in a more natural environment and it will also lower the stress levels of your animal. i add bark chippings to my viv as i have a spotted python in which there natural habitat are bark chippings.some snakes have sand or ever straw it all depends on the type of snake you have
Step 6: Step 6 Hides
a lot of snakes in the wild will live out most of there lives hiding in dark places this is why i add wood corks to my viv so the snake has a place of its personal space (remember or top priority is to make the snake feel as it is in a natural environment so it can live a long and healthy life)
Step 7: Step 7 Placing
i place two different hiding spots at both ends of the viv one directly under the heat lamp (hot spot) and one at the other end (cold spot)
Step 8: Step 8 Water
water bowl you can purchase these from most if not all reptile shops as this is a must. its obvious why you need this so i will just go on to the next step
Step 9: Step 9 Ivy
here is a picture of the ivy i use please do not use real ivy as this can kill the snake .a lot of people do use real ivy and i advise you not to no mater what.
Step 10: Step Ten Adding Ivy
i add the ivy to the back like so in the image above very straight forward
Step 11: Step 11 Security
then add glass and lock and key for security reason.
Step 12: Step 12 the Snakes
then add the snakes to there new home and let them enjoy