It is a common misconception that snakes are slimy dirty creatures that enjoy living in close quarters with other snakes.
In fact snakes are quite clean and prefer to have their own space.
So how much space do snakes need?
Housing Size Requirements For Snakes
The size of the enclosure you provide for your snake will depend on the size and species of the snake.
As a rule of thumb your snake’s enclosure should be at least twice as long as your snake is and at least as wide as your snake is.
For example a snake that is 2 feet long should have an enclosure that is at least 4 feet long and 2 feet wide.
However it is important to remember that some snakes can grow to be quite large.
For example the reticulated python can grow to be over 30 feet long! If you are planning on keeping a large snake it is important to provide an enclosure that is large enough for the snake to move around freely and comfortably.
Temperature And Humidity Requirements For Snakes
In addition to size snakes also have specific temperature and humidity requirements that must be met in order to thrive.
Most snakes prefer a temperature range of 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level of 50-60%.
It is important to create a temperature gradient in your snake’s enclosure so that your snake can regulate its own body temperature.
This can be done by providing a heat source on one side of the enclosure and a cooler area on the other side.
Lighting Requirements For Snakes
Most snakes do not require special lighting but there are a few species that benefit from ultraviolet (UV) light.
UV light helps snakes synthesize vitamin D3 which is important for calcium absorption.
If you are keeping a snake that requires UV light you will need to provide a UVB light source.
Substrate Requirements For Snakes
The substrate is the material that you put on the bottom of your snake’s enclosure.
The most popular substrates for snakes are aspen shavings cypress mulch and reptile carpet.
Aspen shavings are a good choice for snakes because they are absorbent and easy to clean.
Cypress mulch is also a good choice for snakes because it is absorbent and has a natural earthy smell that snakes enjoy.
Reptile carpet is a good choice for snakes because it is easy to clean and does not hold moisture.
Water Requirements For Snakes
All snakes need a source of fresh clean water.
The size of the water bowl you provide for your snake will depend on the size of the snake.
As a rule of thumb the water bowl should be large enough for your snake to soak in.
It is important to clean your snake’s water bowl regularly to prevent the spread of bacteria.
A good way to clean your snake’s water bowl is to soak it in a bleach solution and then rinse it thoroughly with clean water.
As you can see snakes have specific housing temperature humidity lighting substrate and water requirements that must be met in order to thrive.
By providing your snake with an appropriate enclosure and meeting all of its needs you will be giving your snake the best chance for long and healthy life.