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Making a humid hide for your snake


Over the past week I’ve gotten 3 emails asking what a humid hide is and how to make one. Since I have a few extra minutes today figured now was a good time to throw together a quick tutorial with instructions of how to make it. By no means is this the only way to make a humid hide but it works well enough. Also keep in mind that this is a small example. You’ll need to scale it to the size of your snake.

What a humid hide is
A humid hide is designed to give your snake an area of greater humidity than the rest of the enclosure. It’s especially useful when the snake is shedding and you need to bump up the humidity. It enables you to do so, but without having to figure out how to do it for the entire tank. When the snake needs more humidity it will go into the humid hide and it will come out when it doesn’t.

What a humid hide is not
It is not a replacement for proper husbandry. In other words you still need to maintain the appropriate humidity ranges in your snake’s cage. A humid hide is just something to give your snake a little extra when it needs it. If you have a snake which requires 85% humidity and you can’t get it above 60% you need to take care of that issue. The hide is great for an emergency, but it shouldn’t be the totallity of your humidity control efforts.
What materials do you need?

Materials needed for making a humid hide

Materials needed for making a humid hide


You’ll need the following materials. All of them are easily obtainable and aside from the moss are common household items.

  • Sphagnum Moss
  • Empty plastic container (lid optional)
  • Knife (or scissors) that can be used to cut the plastic
  • Luke warm water

How to put it together

  1. Cutting the opening in the humid hide

    Cutting the opening in the humid hide


    Once you’ve got all of the materials together start by cutting an opening of the appropriate size for your snake to get in and out. Try going with a smaller opening than you think is necessary. A snake is designed to fit into tight spaces and the smaller the opening the longer you’ll retain the humidity without having to add more water or moss.

  2. Dry moss in the humid hide

    Dry moss in the humid hide


    Next take some of the moss and add it to the container. At this point everything is dry. I don’t usually pack the moss in, but some people do.

  3. Wet moss in the humid hide

    Wet moss in the humid hide


    After adding the moss add some water to it. I add water until it fills up the container and then I let it sit there for 2 or 3 minutes.
  4. Wring the excess moisture out of the moss. At this point I normally add another handful of moss and a little more water. Wait another minute or two and wring that out.

  5. Humid hide finished

    Humid hide finished


    Add the lid and put everything into the snake tank. Depending on how you make it you may or may not find you need a lid.

There you have it the simple way to make a quick, inexpensive humid hide for your pet snake. The one in this example works well for a baby snake. As always if there are any questions or comments please leave them below and we will get to them as soon as possible.

  • Bobbi Roche

    Hi,

    I have a baby corn snake which is a year old, he has two bits of skin left on his tail. I have read your step-by-step to make a humid hide box which i will be doing for the next he shed but is there anything i can do to help him now?

    Kind regards,
    Bobbi Roche

  • PetSnakes

    Try out this tips on how to help a snake shed

  • Chandler_moore

    I have a questin, I ave read all the different tips on feeding snakes and making them eat. I have tried them all from drenching the pinky mouse in chicken broth or tuna (done them both) making sure the tank is clean always, water is provided, proper heat and everything. she is a python and she refuses to eat anything! I have been force feeding since the beginning of June and that was 3 months after she was born. Am I to keep force feeding?

  • http://pet-snakes.com Pet Snakes

    I'd take her to a vet that specializes in reptiles (primarily snakes) if you haven't already. Ball pythons are notorious for going off their feed for months (3 to 8) out of the year but typically this happens during the winter. What kind of python is she?

    As far as force feeding, it puts a heck of a stress on their system. How long do you wait between feedings? If she's not losing mass at an accelerated rate it doesn't hurt to let them fast for a few months. Just make sure she isn't losing a lot of weight and get a vet to check her out as well.

  • Seikon

    My Female Ball python had a bad shed, and her head skin didn’t come off. I have part of it off, but stopped at the eyes because I was afraid of hurting her. Should I let her do this on her own, or finishin taking it off?

  • Flood_lilly

    Hi we have had a ball python for about 5 weeks it is 2 years old now and he/she is starting the process of shedding. We got him for our sons 12 birthday and he loves him and wonts to hold him but after reading your page he knows now he has to wait.Your tips are great but I do have one question.
    Should I try to feed my snake at this time? He eat a dead mouse every week and is due one now.

  • http://pet-snakes.com Pet Snakes

    I’ve heard of people using cloth rags, paper towels and things like that, but it’s a lot more work than using the moss. Have to keep it rinsed out and make sure mold doesn’t grow.

  • Aiko

    Hi,
    I was wondering if you have to use that particular moss?
    or can i use just regular moss you find outside.

    Thanks,
    Aiko

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