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froggyman

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i was wondering what you could use as a cheap alternative to an aquarium for a 4-5ft long snake
 

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i use a big clear plastic storage container from walmart. (its only about $15)
everyone tells me the biggest one you can get is the equivalent of a 55g long.
 

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thanks alot i want to get a cornsnake but tanks are so expensive
 

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A adult corn snake can live in a 20 gallon long.
 

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thanks alot i want to get a cornsnake but tanks are so expensive
if you want to get a cornsnake, i'll give you some advice.

1. dont buy from any petco. i bought mine there and it wouldnt eat. it died a week or two ago.

2. depending on its size, you could get a herp keeper (the "breeder style" thats long with dividers) i used that for my baby corn before it died.

3. a heat lamp may be recommended, but its really not that important. only babies and really active corn snakes need a heat source. thats what i learned anyway. everyone has there own opinion.
 

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if you want to get a cornsnake, i'll give you some advice.

1. dont buy from any petco. i bought mine there and it wouldnt eat. it died a week or two ago.

2. depending on its size, you could get a herp keeper (the "breeder style" thats long with dividers) i used that for my baby corn before it died.

3. a heat lamp may be recommended, but its really not that important. only babies and really active corn snakes need a heat source. thats what i learned anyway. everyone has there own opinion.
i know i had one once but i had to get rid of it due to moving.
i got most of my herps that i had from reptile shows.
More morphs less price
 

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Corn snakes should not be housed in glass aquariums built for fish. The many reasons why glass is terrible for housing reptiles can be seen on page 2 of the ball python enclosure thread in this section.

Also, if you cannot afford to buy correct housing for your snake then how do you propose to afford a reliable thermostat to run the heating element within the enclosure? These too can be quite pricey and are an absolute essential - anyone that skimps on buying one is asking for a burnt snake (belive me, I'm a biovet scientist - deal with a lot of sick and injured herps and thermal burns are by far the most common problem).

My advice to you is to wait a little while and save some money so you can buy a good wooden vivarium with safe heating. You can get them fairly cheaply second hand off Ebay - just make sure to disinfect it thoroughly before adding your new snake.

Hope this helps!
 

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i know i had one once but i had to get rid of it due to moving.
i got most of my herps that i had from reptile shows.
More morphs less price
i hear that. lol. i just started getting herps and t's from reptile shows. i just went to hamburg in february, and im amazed at how different the animals are compared to petco's herps.
 

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1. dont buy from any petco. i bought mine there and it wouldnt eat. it died a week or two ago.
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3. a heat lamp may be recommended, but its really not that important
You kept a snake without a heat source and wonder why it wouldn't eat and then died? :? It is a scientific fact that cold-blooded animals need external warmth to be able to digest anything, and to keep their immune system up. It's not a matter of opinion. :?
 

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I've kept many colubrids without a heat source....many of the, Corn Snakes included, will do just fine at room temperatures as long as they are in the 75-80F range.
 

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I've kept many colubrids without a heat source....many of the, Corn Snakes included, will do just fine at room temperatures as long as they are in the 75-80F range.
But in theory that is still a heat source... Just the whole room is the right temp. If the room is below 75-80 a snake CANT digest its food so it will not eat, hence why it would die. Though it is a bad idea to buy any snake from pet-co even if you heat it properly.
~Samuel
 

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It depends on the species....If you keep a Mandarin Ratsnake above 80F for extended periods of time, you're asking for trouble.
 

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ultimately just keep it at the right temps is the solution. If your room is 75-80 then no heat source. If your keeping something more tropical like a Ball or Boa then even a 75-80 room would need added heat. its alot of common sense once you know the requirements
 

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ultimately just keep it at the right temps is the solution. If your room is 75-80 then no heat source. If your keeping something more tropical like a Ball or Boa then even a 75-80 room would need added heat. its alot of common sense once you know the requirements
Quite right. I was just pointing out what i said as a general thing... Some can take it colder and some much hotter but that is an good average.
~Samuel
 
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