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Old 05-24-17, 01:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Building my first wooden vivarium for my corn snakes

Originally Posted by Alexa02 View Post
I posted this previously in the enclosure section but I'll reupload here since I have cornsnakes.

So I'll be making my first wooden Vivarium soon, I have plans drawn out. It'll be like a shelving unit almost, two separate cages for my two male corn snakes. Storage under and it'll reach about 5 and a half feet tall, I want it eye level not touching the ceiling. I have a few questions I'd like to ask anyone who can help me.

Like heating, it'll be wood, and I see some people still use heatpad and it seems to penetrate through the wood and not cause any problems, with corn snakes, I feel like I could use light fixtures and heating bulbs, but being as this is my first Vivarium build I'm not completely sure on what's best. Best to heat the ground for belly heat and safety for my snakes. This is probably my biggest concern for my build. My snakes do like to burrow so I'm just torn between the two.

I live in Chicago, recently it has been storming, humidity goes way high, 70 to 80 and higher. Even in my house, it still stays around 60 maybe 50 if it's a good day. Any help with lowering the humidity? I will be getting a dehumidifier for my room, but With a wood Vivarium I'm a little curious on the ventilation. I see cup size holes and they seem to think it's enough, I see others with house hold vents screwed in the side. Having cornsnakes I hear it's best around 30 humidity. Up to 50 but shouldn't go higher cause they couldget sick. I even had a little scare where I saw dry or damaged scales, maybe 3 on one of my snakes. But no darkening on his underbelly, so I don't think it's scale rot. I still am bathing him in diluted iodine and washing him off and drying him. Just to be sure till his next shed. So humidity is a problem for me and any suggestions would be great.

I think those are my main worries at this time, building the actual shelving and glass windows aren't a big deal. I have the help of my uncle who is a construction worker. All the tools and such are ready. He even suggested melamine, it's already fairly water proof, he thinks it'll work great.
Sounds like a really fun project.

Corns are fine at regular ambient humidity of 50-70%, they are from Florida where it rains pretty much every day. 30% is actually really low for just about any snake and your snake could actually be dehydrating if your heat is too warm which can cause weird scales sometimes.

Cornsnakes do best in temp ranges from 70-85 degrees. Personally I keep any rat snake (corn snakes are this) in the 75-83 degrees F range with just regular humidity and a humid hide (don't really need to make it humid in summer cause we open windows). But if you want a target 40-70% will be fine.

Snakes needing belly heat is a myth. They want the right temps it doesn't matter how they get it.

Humidity isn't really what causes scale rot, wetness is usually the primary cause. Sitting in constantly sopping wet conditions is bad for any but the actual aquatic species like tentacle snakes and such.

If I were to take on such a project I would use a ceramic heat emitter in a top corner guarded by an aluminum or other metal cage of some sort (so the snake can't get at it) Then set a thermostat probe inside the cage and set it to 85-90 degrees depending on what your airflow is like so that you can get a warm side at the 82-85 range with the rest of the cage remaining in that 75 degree range. Make sure you waterproof your cage as well so that the enclosure doesn't warp from spilled water, misting during sheds, etc.

I'm very curious as to where you heard that corn snakes are best at 30% humidity because they would all die in the wild if that was true.
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