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How to build a vivarium? info, advice, help
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Old 03-26-2018, 09:45 PM   #1
How to build a vivarium? info, advice, help

Hello! I've had my corn snake for 8 years now (he is 9 years old) and a bit more than 5 feet long. He's been living in a 20 gallon tank, and it bothers me that he cant seem to fully stretch out and climb around. So I've decided to start a vivarium project! however i dont know where to start. It seems like all of the vivariums ive seen on this site are quite small, and i want him to have a larger open space. Is a larger space ideal? or no?

I will probably make it all glass or plastic for easy cleaning. I've come to the conclusion that temperature and humidity controls will be needed. Plus, of course, hide outs, some branches/foliage, water, etc.. I would like some opinions on preferred/best bedding to use, and opinions on living plants? maybe just some succulents? just for a more natural feel.

When it comes to heating, right now i use a heating pad, and ive seen some info on the use of a heating pad with a floor tile that sound cool! can anyone weigh in?

With it being a larger enclosure, should i make several "levels" with shelves and holes to get from one to another, or just leave it one big open space with branches? and lastly, best way to clean a complex enclosure like this!

Any other advice/information would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!
Old 04-04-2018, 08:58 PM   #2
Here's one of the enclosures I've build and it just sits around, its 48"x24"x48", so it's pretty large. My snakes hate it, and are scared of such a big space. I always tell people to put them in a smaller enclosure, and just take them out and let them slither around the floor, bed, exc..., If you think they need to stretch. Fact of the matter is, is that snakes like small warm spaces, they feel safe, simple as that. But if you would like a nice viv to look at and more room for your snake I would suggest one that is short and longer, say 36" long x 20" deep x 18 high. Spider drift wood is nice for them to climb on by the way, lots of anchor points for them to hang on to. "This is just my opinion, from my experience". Hope it helps you in making the best decision for you and your animal.
Old 04-04-2018, 10:41 PM   #3
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Your welcome to check out my vivairium build here on this site,
Old 06-06-2018, 03:04 PM   #4
Bigger is always better. Despite what people will tell you, snakes are happier in bigger spaces and aren't scared of bigger encloaures. They are, however, VERY scared of wide open spaces. They love clutter. So make sure your bigger tank is full of hides and foliage so they feel secure enough to enjoy the extra space. I honestly like the idea of different levels, that could end up being a pretty cool idea. I've never seen it done, but my only issue would be that you have to make sure the holes to get from one end to the other are big enough that they can't get stuck. For bedding, I prefer aspen. It's easy to find and great for them to burrow in. I personally don't love the way it looks, but that's really secondary.

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