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3 tips to help you pick the right sized snake tank


An appropriate sized habitat for a snake to live in is vital for it being a healthy pet. Here are three tips to get you started in making a choice.

Buy for how large your snake currently is
When deciding how large of a tank your snake needs get it based on what it needs now. A 75 gallon tank would be appropriate for a medium sized boa, but it would be much to large for a baby or neonate boa. Naturally you want something that can accommodate some growth from your snake, but don’t try to put a baby snake into its adult home.

The appropriate sized tank will:

  • Allow the snake to thermoregulate its temperatures
  • Allow the snake to move around
  • Allow the snake to choose being in a hide or not
  • Allow the snake to uncoil approximately 3/4 of its length

Those are the basics. If you find that your snake can hardly move around or has to make a trek that’s a pretty good indication that the cage is either to large or to small for your snake.

Prepare for how large your snake will be
It’s important to have an idea of how large a cage will safely accommodate your full grown, adult snake. That way you can prepare ahead of time. Several reasons to know this information:

  • You need room for the tank
  • You need to locate the appropriate tank (or build it)
  • You need to be able to afford the tank
  • You need to know how large your cute little “worm” is actually going to be

The snakes natural environment
In addition to the appropriate sized cage based on sized you also need one based on the species of snake you have. A ball python for example does well in smaller, tighter spaces. It still needs a tank that allows it to move about and thermoregulate, but if the tank is too large for it then it will be uncomfortable. An arboreal snake (amazon tree boa for example) has more need of a tall tank than a wide tank.

You will need to spend some time finding out what kind of habitat your snake would live in if it were in the wild. Try to answer these kind of questions:

  • Does it like small tight spaces like rodent burrows?
  • Is it usually found wrapped around tree branches above the ground?
  • Does it seem to prefer open areas where it can move around?

Of course that’s not an exhaustive list but it gives you a starting point.

  • mary

    thank you for the information, it think it shed some light on my upcoming new pet. i had snakes as a kid but was only allowed to have them outside- they were wild caught and only until they ate then i had to take them back where i found them. now as an adult my grandsons want a snake. they are 11 and 8 years old. i have recently been ofered a ball python about 3 feet long that currnetly lives in a 55 gallon aquairum, i happen to have one but after reading this is this a good size? it appears thats what she is used to, but i want to make the right choice.

  • PetSnakes

    Mary,

    55 gallons is fine if you can keep the temperature and the humidity properly regulated. Exotic species like Ball Pythons need their environments kept “just so” in order to thrive and survive. Also remember to make sure the snake has plenty of places to hide in a setup of that size. At least 2 (one on each end of the tank, in the warmer area and on the cooler end).

  • gary

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  • ALIA

    I NEED MINIMUM CAGE REQUIREMENT FOR 15FT PLUS SNAKE.I LIVE IN MOBILE HOME

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