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Owning a vivarium or snake aquarium can be a fascinating experience. Those who have had a fair amount of expertise with pet snakes are aware of the requisites however if you are about to own a pet snake for the first time, it can be an extensive learning experience.
A pet snake is pretty different to fishes and other common pets that people have. You must understand what a vivarium is and how you should prepare it. Also, you need to know the supplies that you are going to need on a regular basis.
First, creating the ideal habitat of your pet snake is extremely important. You must note that a pet snake requires different temperatures through the day and also different lighting conditions. Also, during the day and night there should be different temperatures across different areas within the habitat. Pet snakes prefer this difference as then they can go to their preferred area as their body demands. The size of the vivarium is the most difficult to determine for first time pet snake owners. You must note the size and length of your snake and also if it is genetically very active or inactive. Inactive snakes require a vivarium to be of the same length as that of their grown up body and three quarters of the same length as its width. For active pet snakes, the size should be double. That is, the length of the vivarium should be double that of the snake and likewise the width should also get doubled. You can find a horde of different cages, aquariums or vivariums for pet snakes at Zoomania (http://www.zoomania1.com/).
Decorating the vivarium is up to your personal preference and also subject to what a specific breed of pet snake would like to have. Heating, lighting and feeding are the other aspects that you would need to master to care for a pet snake properly. Most pet snakes are comfortable in a comfortable tropical environment (a temperature of 77 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit). Also it requires adequate lights during the day time and absence of any light during nights. Daytime and nighttime would depend on a cycle inherent to specific breeds and you may want to learn about those at the time of buying the pet snake. There are several infrared bulbs which can cater to the heating requirements without any lights at Zoomania which are ideal for use during the resting and sleeping cycles of your pet snake.
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  1. james_everd on November 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM said:
    Hi. I am thinking of buying a snake as my next exotic pet. I will be either a corn snake or a ball python as I really want something that doesn't get very long or too heavy. I was checking on your products, but I am an extreme novice and I could use your advice on what I need for the set up I should choose (tank size, heater, substrate). Any help would be highly apprecated. Thanks
  2. Thomas on November 13, 2012 at 6:43 AM said:
    Hello. The snakes you mentioned are both good options since you are a novice, although I think a corn snake would be more suitable. BPs get an average lengh of 5 or so feet and corn snakes can get 4 to 4.5 feet maximum as fas as I know and they don't require as much equipment as a BP. You can start with a 10 gallon tank and move to a 30 gal for an adult. You will also need an under tank heater and a screen top with clips. There are many options you could use as a substrate ranging from newspaper to aspen shavings to soil for a natural vivarium. These are the basics you should start with.
  3. luca88 on November 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM said:
    According to Philippe de Vosjoli's "The Art of Keeping Snakes", corn snakes would enjoy a taller vive. Create raised basking places--thick brank forks, elevated shelves. Small tree-like plants--he recommends Ficus Monique, Balfour aralia...
  4. zerko on November 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM said:
    I keep my corn in a 50 gallon (I had it spare, a smaller one would have been fine too) and I have created a pretty natural vivarium for him. Since you are a novice, you should first read a lot about taking care of your snake. This link should help at least for the basics http://www.anapsid.org/corn.html
  5. james_everd on November 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM said:
    I guess that there is a lot of homework waiting for me! The natural vive idea sounds really attractive, although I think that it is better to stick to the basics for now and make changes when I will get more experienced. Thank you all for your helpful comments.
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