It’s not often that you’ll hear people asking how to build a snake cage. Then again, not too many people own snakes for a pet, right? Unlike other people who squirm at the mere mention of the word “snake”, you on the other hand can’t be happier that you have one as your pet. Here are the steps on how to make a snake cage.
First, gather all the materials that you need: a large glass aquarium, sand, aspen bedding, sunning rock, heat lamp, ultraviolet light, thermometer, flat rock, hollow rock, and mesh or screened-folding lid.
Next, look for an aquarium that’s big enough for your snake to move around. Measure the length of your snake. His aquarium should be longer than that. Keep in mind the adult size of your snake. It may be small now but it will definitely grow longer and bigger after a while. It’s good to invest on a large aquarium than buy another one when that time comes.
Place bedding on the bottom part of the aquarium. This can be play sand or aspen bedding. Choose one that’s similar to his natural habitat in the wild. The bedding should be at least an inch deep from the aquarium bottom.
Install a mesh or screen lid for the aquarium. The ideal one to buy comes with hinges that lets you open only one side of the tank without having to uncover the entire aquarium. You don’t want your pet sneaking out while you’re feeding him or cleaning his home.
Put a flat-surfaced rock on one part of the aquarium, directly under the heat lamp. This is where your snake will go for sunning. Place another rock, this time a hollow one on another part to serve as a hiding area. For snakes that are fond of climbing, install a branch or limb inside the tank.
Finally, ensure that the snake cage has sufficient ventilation. Adding screen mesh to the sides can be a great help. Now, you know how to build a snake cage, the next step is taking care of your beloved pet. Enjoy!