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My wife and I just acquired two new corn snakes, and were wondering if anyone here keeps snakes, knows about snakes, or knows a good forum/website with good information. Thanks in advance for any help.

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i've got five snakes as of right now and have had many many more. i used to have a reptile rescue. is there anything specific you'd like to know? feel free to PM me and ask away!

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Re: Snakes

One of my biggest questions right now is, can I do a live planted setup for these two? If so, what kind of plants? I'm sure I'll have more questions as I learn more though.

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One of my biggest questions right now is, can I do a live planted setup for these two? If so, what kind of plants? I'm sure I'll have more questions as I learn more though.

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Hmmm, I don't know. I don't think they would care for the humidity in a terrarium. Perhaps someone else has tried that with these. My Jayapura GTP loves her terrarium, but she's a tropical snake that needs humidity.

Most keepers have corn snakes in a simple setup with a hidebox of some kind, a water dish big enough to soak in and aspen bedding for easy cleanup. I only feed thawed mice and rats, never live.
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You might try:

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I have a few snakes.
You will find that live plants are difficult to maintain in a snake setup. Not only will they get smooshed and uprooted occasionally, but when your snake pees or poops on them, all bets are off.
Also the light needed for plants will make temp control more of a hassle.


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I have a few snakes.
You will find that live plants are difficult to maintain in a snake setup. Not only will they get smooshed and uprooted occasionally, but when your snake pees or poops on them, all bets are off.
Also the light needed for plants will make temp control more of a hassle.


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I agree here. You'd need to keep it a bit more humid than the snake would care for. Not saying it can't be done, but as previously mentioned, the lighting thing would be more difficult. Your snake may hide in brighter light as they do not really require or necessarily even like much light. You could do a potted plant that is kept up off of your substrate to allow you to water it easier without saturating the whole tank. If the plant doesn't require much light to grow, keeping it near a window will allow natural sunlight to help it with photosynthesis. Be careful during summer though! The tank can overheat if the sunlight is too strong!

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A good point.... Snakes in general need a dry substrate or they can get scale rot. Live plants would need to be carefully contained so that your pet has access to the dry bedding needed for good health.
Humidity is actually quite fine for most snakes, especially during shed.


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A good point.... Snakes in general need a dry substrate or they can get scale rot. Live plants would need to be carefully contained so that your pet has access to the dry bedding needed for good health.
Humidity is actually quite fine for most snakes, especially during shed.


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i guess i was very vague haha! i was thinking about keeping the substrate wet and causing a problem with scale rot. i don't know why i downplayed the importance of humidity. if you look at most of my posts, the edit reason is always "clarity"! i need to be more specific!

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Re: Snakes

Thanks for all the great info and tips. I guess I should post pics tomorrow so they can be more properly identified. Knowing the exact species of these snakes will probably help me get more specific info on how to keep them happy and healthy.

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Corn snakes are probably the easiest pet ever. (We have a snow) I can't remember the exact forum but I think it's like King snake dot com or something. Great forum.

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corn snake is only one species elaphe guttata (possibly spelled wrong.

I kept babies on white paper towels with a heat source and a water dish/hide box. lightly mist the container every other day.

larger snakes on critter litter, I believe, made from recycled newspaper. a water dish/hide box and another hide box with moist sphagnum moss. and heat source.

always feed your snakes in seperate containers. or you will find they both latch on to the same mouse and one will begin to eat the other. had it happen to mine.
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My two new snakes. Both female.

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Cornsnakes are very easy to care for. I was breeding them and Ball Pythons before my house fire... None of the smake made it out.....

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