Buying pet Snake
So you're planning to buy a pet snake soon, and you're wondering what kinds of supplies you will need to purchase. If so, you've come to the right place.
In this article, I'm going to explain all of the pet snake supplies you will need to keep your reptile healthy. We will talk about cages, heating devices, cage furniture, and a few other items you may need for your pet snake.
The Snake Cage
Let's talk about the most important item of all - the snake cage itself. There are many options available when choosing a cage for your snake. You could use a glass terrarium with a screen lid, or you could use a plastic enclosure specifically designed for snakes. Either of these can work well, as long as they are set up properly.
Most importantly, your snake's cage must be totally escape-proof. The snake will explore its new habitat constantly. And if it finds a way out, it will be gone before you know it. You can learn more about snake cages in the articles below:
A heating device should also be on your list of pet snake supplies to purchase. Like all reptiles, snakes depend on their environment to regulate their body temperatures. This is something that makes reptiles different from mammals like you and me. We humans can regulate our body temperatures from within, but reptiles cannot. As a result, you must provide some type of heat for your pet snake.
Temperature requirements vary from one species to another. So the first thing you need to do is research the particular snake you are keeping to find out what temperatures it needs. Once you do this, you would then use some kind of heating device to achieve the proper temperatures in your snake cage.
The two most popular ways to heat snake cages are with under tank heaters and heat lamps. I prefer to use lamps, simply because they are easier to replace. Both of these options are covered in detail below (see hyperlinks).
It's also wise to invest in a rheostat, which is similar to the dimmer switch on a lamp. You plug your heating device into the rheostat, and then you can dial the output up or down as needed. This allows you to achieve the exact temperature you want inside the cage.