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Old 08-07-17, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All snakes requiring low humidity?

As in the title... Can anyone make me a list of all snakes, even non-colubrids too aswell as colubrids, that require little humidity, even down to obscure species like rubber boss for example. I know most north American rat snakes and kingsnakes, aswell as Russian and Japanese Ratsnakes need little humidity, what about other colubrids, boas and pythons? If my memory serves me correctly rosy, sand, and rubber boss dont need much, I know most BCIs do, but what about certain localities, and Dumeril's boa etc? Much appreciated, thanks in advance.
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Old 08-07-17, 01:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: All snakes requiring low humidity?

Trying to understand your question properly here... why would you require a list of this? Usually people tend to like a certain snake and build the enclosure to match its needs, not the other way around.

Even snakes from arid regions require humidity because they typically inhabit microclimates in those areas.
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Old 08-07-17, 02:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: All snakes requiring low humidity?

I remember you said you were interested in cape house snakes. If you live in a dry climate and are worried about having the correct humidity for a snake they could work for you because they readily use a humid hide. Just a little tupperware with a hole cut so they can crawl into it filled with moist material. I use dampened sphagnum moss.
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Re: All snakes requiring low humidity?

Trans-Pecos rat snakes specifically require low humidity and high ventilation. They are one of the few species that does really better in a glass aquarium with a secure screen top than in a PVC enclosure or a RUB. A 40 gallon breeder tank would be perfect.

Nice snakes, too... very gentle, with funny bug eyes, attractive markings and some beautiful morphs available.

But as TLD pointed out, you can provide a humid hide for a species that needs more moisture. You can also tweak the humidity inside the enclosure. I live in a climate that can easily get into the single digits and teens for humidity--it's excruciatingly dry at times. I manage the humidity issue by using different types of cages, adjusting the size of the water bowl, using cypress mulch for humidity-loving snakes instead of aspen and providing humid hides if necessary. I also keep the snakes in the basement where it is naturally a little more humid and use radiant heat instead of forced air in the snake room to avoid further drying out the air.
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They are definitely on my list, I wish it was dry in North west England, muggy and warm in summer, even on rainy days and on a really hot day it's awful, winter is pretty wet but humidity not as bad with cold weather but still high enough I imagine, so it's just a case of monitoring humidity levels and adapting the snakes conditions accordingly
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Ah, if you want to *lower* the humidity levels use a screen-topped aquarium and aspen bedding, small water bowl and maybe use a heat bulb or CHE as those tend to dry out the air. That should do it.

I have the opposite problem. Most of my snakes need help staying moist enough to avoid dry sheds, especially the ball pythons.
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