Regulating humidity for pet snakes can be one of the most challenging tasks for an owner. Not all snakes require a great amount of attention to the humidity but those from tropical and sub-tropical regions do.
- Why humidity is important
- Snakes do not adapt well outside of their natural environments. They need to be kept in a place that mimics as closely as possible where they come from naturally.
- When a snake sheds higher humidity helps them to get their old skin off. Stuck shed is a good indication that the humidity is too low
- Humidity that is constantly too high can contribute to scale rot
- Examples of humidity levels
- In this section are some commonly kept snakes and the recommended humidity levels.
SpeciesNormalSheddingBall Python50-60%65-75%Carpet Python60-70%65-75%Red Tail Boa50-60%65-75%Burmese Python50-60%65-75%Green Tree Python75-80%85-90%Reticulated Python50-60%65-75%King Snake"Household""Household"Corn Snake"Household""Household"
- Housing and humidity
- Getting and keeping the humidity at the levels your snake needs simple.
Moisture; dampness; a moderate degree of wetness, which is perceptible to the eye or touch; — used especially of the atmosphere, or of anything which has absorbed moisture from the atmosphere, as clothing. – Source
Airflow (wind), and heat are the greatest culprits when it comes to humidity issues because both cause evaporation. Controlling these two elements is key to regulating humidity
Most people with snakes have them as display animals in glass tanks which are hard to keep consistent humidity levels. This is the most popular method for the hobbyist and pet owner. There are some steps to take to help keep the humidity levels where they should be:
- Cover 2/3 of the screen top with plastic wrap or custom cut piece of acrylic
- Use the proper bedding to raise the humidity levels
- Remember that heating lamps burn off moisture so adjust appropriately
- Use a water dish with a large surface area so more moisture evaporates into the cage
- Create a humid hide and put it in the tank
- Avoid placing the tank where it is subjected to drafts or direct sunlight both of which can lower humidity
Breeders, and those with a large number of snakes will usually keep them in plastic tubs. It takes very little effort to keep a plastic cage at the right humidity levels.
We do not recommend this method of housing, but some people do use it.