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How to House Pet Snakes

If you wish to keep a pet snake, it will need an appropriate form of housing to ensure that it stays safe, warm and comfortable. This article explains the sorts of things to consider. It is a general guide, you will still need to find out the specific needs appropriate for the particular breed you're caring for.


  1. Choose an appropriately sized enclosure or tub (rack system) for the snake.Arboreal snakes will need much higher enclosures than terrestrial. The enclosure or tub should be large enough to let the snake stretch and move around and incorporate a water dish and hide and any other decor and the snake comfortably.
  2. Choose an appropriate heat source.Basking bulbs can make the environment too dry for some more tropical species so Under Tank Heating (UTH) by way of commercial reptile heat pad or heat tape is a popular method. Ceramic heat emitters may also be used with some species.
  3. Choose an appropriate hiding spot.Commercially made PVC hides can be purchased as well as cork bark, drift wood, live and fake plants, rocks and more depending on your imagination.
  4. Choose an appropriate sized water bowl.It must be big enough for the snake to soak in but for snakes that soak more, or if using racks with smaller tubs, smaller bowls can be used. Ensure that the bowl is sturdy so that the snake cannot spill the water or tip the bowl over.
  5. Choose an appropriate substrate for the species you intend to keep.Popular choices are: newspaper, paper towel, cypress mulch or other commercial reptile mulches, sand, coco husk, coco fiber, aspen.
    • Do not use pine or cedar shavings, as these can be toxic to reptiles.
  6. Choose a secure locking lid as snakes are escape artists and will find a weakness and exploit it quickly.If using racks ensure there are no gaps the snakes can squeeze through between the shelves.
  7. Add thermometer, hygrometer and thermostat.These are each required for accurate temperature, humidity monitoring and control.
  8. Decorate as you see fit.

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    How would I get rid of snake salmonella?
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    They naturally carry it, so there isn't really a way to. Just make sure to sanitize anything in contact with the snake afterwards, and you'll be fine.
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  • If using things from outdoors wash and rinse very well, wrap in aluminum foil and bake at 250ºF for 20 minutes, then wash and rinse again and let dry.
  • Most snakes should be housed separately as there can be instances of fighting and/or cannibalism. It is also much easier to monitor a snakes health and shedding when housed individually as there is no chance for mix ups and less chance of illness being passed.

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