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Regulating humidity for pet snakes

Some snakes need humidity like this to survive

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.

Species
Normal
Shedding
Ball Python
50-60%
65-75%
Carpet Python
60-70%
65-75%
Red Tail Boa
50-60%
65-75%
Burmese Python
50-60%
65-75%
Green Tree Python
75-80%
85-90%
Reticulated Python
50-60%
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.

Humidity is:

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

Glass tanks
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

Plastic cages
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.

Wooden cages
We do not recommend this method of housing, but some people do use it.

  • Dblair65

    Put a Humidifier in the enclosure or attach from outside..

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