Housing Your Snake

If you have decided to keep a snake as a pet, you will want to be able to see the snake in a surrounding that is the most natural for them that you can offer. This is not only better for the snake’s condition, but will be more pleasing aesthetically to you. If a snake is comfortable in their environment, they will eat and grow better. It is preferable to use a large terrarium so you can add more interest to the life of the snake through adding natural products like branches that will enhance the snake’s life and keep them from becoming overweight and lethargic.

Be sure to provide enough space for your snake, but also not way too big. Many people opt for a vertical shaped vivarium over a horizontal one. The Chondro is a timid snake and prefers to feel secure. If the space is too big, the snake may be scared. If it is too small, though, the snake will not be able to exercise enough. Young snakes need to start out in a smaller enclosure. As they grow, move them to something bigger.

There are many materials your snake enclosure can be crafted from. For younger snakes, an aquarium should work fine. You will want a special lid, though, instead of using the one that usually comes with the aquarium. For larger snakes, melamine coated wood is typically used. The wood is on the sides then the front has a sliding glass door. When you are considering the enclosure to use for your snake, keep the 6 “SSSHHH” factors in mind:

  • Safety: Are the items inside the enclosure, and the enclosure itself, safe for the snake and the owner?
  • Security: Are there any small holes or cavities that the snake can escape through?
  • Sizing: Is the enclosure the best size for your snake?
  • Heat: Can you regulate the temperature in the enclosure well?
  • Humidity: Can the enclosure hold up in the humid conditions needed for the snake? Does is provide sufficient ventilation?
  • Hygiene: Can you easily clean the enclosure?

Because of their popularity, there are specialty vivariums designed specifically for the Chondro Python. Most of these are make with fiberglass or plastic. Figure out which will work best for you and your snake before you purchase an enclosure.

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