Types of Pet Snakes - Q&A With the Snake Man - Reptile Knowledge
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Habitat: Rough green snakes are one of the smaller types of snakes commonly kept as pets; however, as they are very active they require a large aquarium. At a minimum, one Rough green snake requires an aquarium that is 30 square feet large; the focus of the aquarium should be more on height than length. Multiple Rough Green snakes require a minimum 30 square foot aquarium plus 10 square feet per snake after the first. Rough green snakes live in semi-tropical areas that are hot and somewhat humid; their enclosure should be set up to mimic their natural habitat. The floor of the snake’s home should be lined with astro-turf or rubber mats; wood shavings should not be used as they can be accidentally swallowed and cause a blockage in the reptiles stomach and intestines. The aquarium should include multiple large branches for them to climb and bask on, a reptile hide or two for them to sleep in, and a large water dish for the snake to drink from and bathe in. Owners can also add non-toxic plants like ferns to the aquarium too if they wish. Rough green snakes require temperatures of around 80-85 Fahrenheit in the day, and about 76-79 Fahrenheit at night-time. However, directly under the basking light, the temperature should be around 90 Fahrenheit; the basking light should only be used during the day. The aquarium needs to have an humidity of 50-60 percent so owners should mist the aquarium once a day. The lights in the aquarium should mimic both daytime and night time, so owners need to have their lights on and off for 12 hours each.
History: The Rough green snake is a small arboreal snake that is native to the southern parts of the United States, and the northern parts of Mexico. The rough green snake enjoys moderate popularity in North America as a pet, as they are relatively easy to obtain and are fairly inexpensive. The Rough green snake is often mistaken for the Smooth green snake; the two types of snakes are related, but are two distinct species, and have slightly different temperaments and appearance.
Animals & Pets: Types of Pet Snakes
Many types of pet snakes eat mice and rats
Contemplating the idea of going for an exotic pet? Here's a short write-up on different types of pet snakes that you might be interested in. The information on choosing and handling pet snakes that has been provided here will be of great help for you - if intend to own one.I get a lot of questions about the various types of pet snakes and I try to answer them all. It's one of my favorite subjects. With that said, I can only offer some ideas and personal experiences on choosing a type of pet snake. Obviously, the final decision will be yours and your wife's to make.