Thread: Semi-aquatic
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Old 09-13-17, 03:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Semi-aquatic

A semi aquatic enclosure can be an eye-catcher if you do it right and if you set the aquatic part as an aquarium you get an unusual view of your snakes and their behavior like swimming and diving. The downside is that you need the same technical infrastructure you would need for a "real" aquarium, especially an aquarium filter system to keep the water quality and oxygen level up for your fish to survive. Since your snake will leave its excrement in the water more often than not you will have to replace the water frequently, which will reduce its quality for the fishes. There is also the problem that you need an additional opening for the filter tubes which might create a possible escape route for your snake.

So basically it is much easier to provide your water or garter snake with a big removable water bowl, which you can clean and refill outside the enclosure and where you add the fishes you want to feed to your snake when you want to feed it. Creating a real semi aquatic setting will require much more effort to keep it going and to prevent the water to go stale.

However, there is another alternative. There are some aquatic snakes which have to be kept in an aquarium. Most of them are rear fanged colubrids from Asia (look for Homalopsidae), some of them are available from time to time in the trade, ie Puff-faced Water Snake (Homalopsis buccata) or the Tentacled Snake (Erpeton tentaculatum). To keep the you set up a medium or large aquarium like you would for some fishes, fill it 3 /4 with water and add your snake(s).

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