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Care Sheet for Rat Snakes

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.90    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 02/17/2005

Main Category:

Snakes

Sub Category:

Rat Snakes

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Forest herper

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Rat snakes

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Rat snakes and Corn snakes

Sexing and Characteristics:

This species can be popped or probed by an experienced keeper.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

I recommend newspaper for almost any snake,but if you are going for a more natural look then i suggest reptile carpet or aspen bedding.I DO NOT RECOMMEND PINE OR CEDAR SHAVINGS.Pine and cedar shaving may cause problems and is unhealthy.Their water bowl should be fairly normal but the like to soak when beginning to shed.

Lighting and UVB:

UVB lighting is not necessary.

Temperatures and Humidity:

The water bowl should take care of the a humidity level in the tank.The tank should have a warm side and a cool side.The warm side should be 85-95F and the cool side should be between 70-75F.

Heating and Equipment:

A heat lamp on one side of the tank should work fine.Make sure that the lighting is a reptile light.Ive seen beginners have a normal house light bulb which is not recommended.
Or,a reptile heating pad may be used.(Be sure to put the heat pad on the side of the tank)

Caging Provided:

A standard 20 gallon long should work fine for an adult corn snake.Remember,the corn snake’s tank should be at least half the size of its body length.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Small corn snakes will eat small pinkie mice while getting larger eating mice and small-medium size rats.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Maintenance:

Water bowl should be changed daily,and the tank cleaned as needed.(once a week)

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