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Tank size?
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Old 02-13-2021, 10:19 PM   #1
Tank size?

Hello everyone my name is Justin,

My question is for all of those with more knowledge on corn snakes. My wife and I are wanting to get a corn snake we have owned in the past a juvenile corn snake, juvenile bearded dragon and a adult bearded dragon and a Nile monitor but because of needing to relocate we had to rehome them and would like to get back into owning a snake.

So now for my question would a 55 gallon aquarium tank be okay to get for a baby or juvenile corn snake so that they can grow up in it and have to potential to reach their full size or start them off in a smaller tank. And if I can use the 55 what would be the best way to heat it pads or lights and what kind of lights for normal lighting also whatís the best substrate for a corn snake.

If there is any other information thatíll help us to better care for it please let me know.

Old 02-14-2021, 12:58 AM   #2
Either option is fine, but regardless of tank size, you need to add plenty of clutter and hides for a baby corn snake to feel secure. If you go with a larger tank right off the bat, then you'll just need more clutter and hides. And it will be harder to dig around and find the baby. Any enclosure you get needs to be very escape proof. Corn snakes are excellent escape artists and babies can fit through some very tiny gaps.

For heating, you can do heat mat, heat lamp or ceramic heat emitter. I've personally only used heat pads because heat lamps are more of a fire risk and they tend to dry out the environment too much, but lots of people prefer them and can make them work. Any heat source should be controlled by a thermostat, since corns only need a warm spot of around 87 degrees.

Aspen is a super popular choice for substrate, but there are a variety of things you can use. Something that they can burrow in is best, and no resinous woods like pine. The different substrates hold humidity better or worse, so if you're having issues one way or another (either too much or not enough humidity), you may find switching substrates can help.

As far as other info, spend a little time reading through this forum. There's also a search bar at the top right if you're looking for something specific. And feel free to ask any other questions you think of.

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