Can Snakes Break Glass?

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It’s a common question asked by snake owners and those considering getting a snake: can they break glass?

The answer is both yes and no. While snakes are certainly strong enough to break glass they typically don’t unless they’re trying to escape their enclosure.

There are a few things to consider if you’re worried about your snake breaking glass. First make sure your snake’s enclosure is escape-proof. Second consider using thicker glass or plexiglass instead of standard glass.

Here’s a closer look at why snakes might break glass and how to prevent it from happening.

Why Do Snakes Break Glass?

There are a few reasons why snakes might break glass.

Escape

The most common reason snakes break glass is that they’re trying to escape their enclosure. This is usually due to stress or dissatisfaction with their living situation.

If your snake is constantly trying to escape it’s a sign that something is wrong. Make sure you’re providing a proper enclosure with the right temperature humidity and lighting. You should also make sure there’s plenty of space for your snake to move around and explore.

If your snake is still trying to escape it might be time to consider a different type of enclosure.

Hunger

Another reason snakes might break glass is that they’re hungry and trying to get to their food. This is more common in snakes that are kept in small enclosures or those that are not fed regularly.

If your snake is breaking glass to get to its food you need to increase the size of its enclosure and/or feed it more frequently.

Mistaken Identity

Sometimes snakes mistake their reflection in the glass for another snake. This can lead to them attacking the glass in an attempt to defend their territory.

If your snake is attacking the glass you can try to reduce its reflection by covering the outside of the enclosure with cloth or paper. You can also try to block the glass with a piece of cardboard or another object.

How To Prevent Snakes From Breaking Glass

There are a few things you can do to prevent your snake from breaking glass.

Use thicker glass. Standard glass is relatively thin and fragile. If you’re worried about your snake breaking glass you can use thicker glass or plexiglass instead.

Make sure the enclosure is escape-proof. If your snake is trying to escape it’s a sign that something is wrong. Make sure the enclosure is escape-proof with a secure lid that can’t be pushed off from the inside.

Consider using a different type of enclosure. If your snake is constantly trying to escape you might want to consider using a different type of enclosure such as a plastic tub or terrarium.

Provide a hiding place. Snakes like to have a place to hide so make sure there’s a hiding place in the enclosure. This will help reduce stress and make your snake feel more secure.

Give your snake plenty of space. Snakes need plenty of space to move around and explore. If your snake’s enclosure is too small it might start to feel claustrophobic and stressed.

Conclusion

Can snakes break glass? Yes they can. But they typically don’t unless they’re trying to escape their enclosure. If you’re worried about your snake breaking glass make sure the enclosure is escape-proof and consider using thicker glass or plexiglass.