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One of the largest costs of owning a snake is the cost of a tank for it to live in. When it comes time to buy a new tank for your pet snake it is always wise to prepare before hand if possible. There will be times
when you don’t have time to prepare and you’ll just have to spend whatever you have to spend. More often than not however you’ll have plenty of time to shop around for the perfect tank at the best possible price.
This article will help guide you through the process of researching, locating, and purchasing a new snake tank. It is written with the assumption that you are able to spend some time looking for what you need and you aren’t desperate to have a new tank yesterday.
- Research what your snake needs
- Your first step in the process is to educate yourself on what your snake needs to thrive. That’s the starting point and everything else will be secondary to that. Some people might think cost would be the starting point, but with a little effort cost won’t be a factor in choosing the tank.
Some questions that you should know the answer to are:
- How large is the snake now? – You need something that fits the snake now not 2 years ago. Sounds like it should be common sense, but sadly that’s not always the case.
- How large will it likely get? – Part of the reason to upgrade your snake tank is to give it a home for the future not just for today.
- Is it a terrestrial or arboreal snake? – Arboreal and semi-arboreal snakes like to climb. In that case you are looking for a snake tank that is taller than it is long.
- How much room do I have for the tank? – If you don’t have a place to put the tank there’s no point in getting it. A 100 gallon tank doesn’t look all that big on the display room floor, but once you get it into your cramped little apartment it might seem much larger than it did before.
- Do I need special accommodations? – Sometimes there can be certain features that a snake’s cage should have in order to make life easier.
- Locate the appropriate tank
- Once you’ve determined what your snake needs in a tank it is time to find the right tank. Many people go right to the pet store and go no further. Experience has taught me that the pet store is generally the the last place you should look for a snake tank. They are usually way overpriced and very likely to sell you exactly what you don’t need.
Instead start by looking online at www.craigslist.org and selecting your appropriate location. Once you have your location set look under community for pets and look around in there. You can also click on the For Sale heading a do a search for aquarium. Craig’s List is the most popular classified site online, but there are others as well. Also don’t forget to check your local newspaper for garage sales, and flea markets.
The main reason I recommend buying a used tank instead of a new one is simply the cost. Used tanks will usually cost much, much less than the new tanks. For example a few days ago I saw a 75 gallon tank being sold on Craig’s List for $45 At a pet store it would have been closer to $250.00 The only catch according to the posts disclosure was “it has a slow leak and won’t stay full”. Sucks for a fish owner, but a snake tank doesn’t need to hold water. It needs to hold snakes!
Spend some time shopping around for the tank. Trust me you can find one for far cheaper than you think if only you are willing to put forth the effort.
- Purchase the tank
- Once you know what you need and have found it you’ll need to actually buy it. Everyone knows how to give money to complete strangers in exchange for their goods and/or services so I won’t get into detail about this step except to say congratulations! If you’ve researched and located the tank this part shouldn’t take more than a few minutes of your time.
In the past I’ve advocated building your own snake tank and for the record I still do advise taking that approach. If however you can’t be bothered or are afraid to try then by all means buy a tank.