Milksnakes do not need much space, but they do require more room as they grow. The general rule is that the enclosure should be no less than two-thirds of the snakes full length. A 10 or 20 gallon aquarium is a good size for this snake throughout its life span.
Some type of substrate needs to be provided, which is generally aspen shavings or newspaper. Never use any type of pine in the enclosure because the oils from pine are toxic to snakes. The terrarium should be set up so there is a hot end (80°-85°F) and cool end (70°-75°F). The temperature should not be allowed to drop below 70°F or be raised above 90°F at any time. There should be a hiding spot in both temperature zones for the snake's comfort. Not providing adequate hiding areas can lead to stress which can cause health problems and a shorter life span.
Milksnakes live in a warm and semi-humid environment; therefore their cages should imitate this environment. The humidity should be kept near 50% and can be raised to 70% during the shedding period, but for no longer than one week. A water bowl big enough for the snake to coil inside of must be provided. The water is necessary for the snake's survival and will help maintain the humidity of the enclosure.
Snakes can obtain many parasites: HaHa Reptiles always checks for mites and ticks before shipping. We recommend that all new specimens be quarantined so that they can be checked for parasites and disease at the new location.
These snakes do not need any special lighting, but they will need approximately 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness each day to simulate their natural environment. Almost any type of light will work including a regular light bulb or the natural light.
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