Setting up a tank for water snakes

In most of the places where we have lived, there have been water snakes nearby. I’ve rescued several and have had the fortune to keep some as pets. Water snakes can be really interesting pets. They are usually mild-tempered and they usually aren’t difficult to feed. To keep them as pets, though, it is a good idea to set up a tank properly to house the snake so it can remain healthy. Tank selection for water snakes When selecting the tank, remember that it needs to be big enough for the snake to be comfortable. This might seem to be a common sense statement, and it is, but water snakes tend to grow larger as they get older. A person who has a baby water snake and gets a tank that has a capacity of five gallons may quickly find that the tank is far too small. A good size to begin with is a 20-gallon aquarium capable of holding water. A 55-gallon tank is even better since it affords the snake more room to move around. A glass aquarium is preferred over plastic as it doesn’t scratch as easily. Tank cover It is important to know that water snakes are master escape artists. For this reason, there should be a tight-fitting tank cover that allows for air circulation but which has a fine enough mesh that the snake can’t wiggle through. There are specialty tank covers on the market that are designed to contain reptiles in glass aquariums and Continue Reading →

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