what are some good intermediate snakes?
I am REALLY REALLY interested in hogg island boas but im looking for the best care sheet if you guys could give me a care sheet and pricing for one that would be awesome thanks really appreciate it : )
- 7 years agoFavorite Answer
Although not strictly arboreal, the Hogg is an avid climber and strong branches will allow the snake to make good use of the vertical space provided in its enclosure. Housing can be made from wood, glass, plastic or metal, to suit your preference, but some building materials may be more suitable than others, the Hogg Island requires moderately high humidity, and the enclosure type can aid or hinder humidity levels. Some materials may also be better suited to size of the enclosure, larger plastic enclosures might not be feasible, and all-glass tanks can be very heavy, for example.
Cage furniture can be simple or decorative, but hides must be provided, preferably at both ends of the enclosure so that the snake doesn't have to choose between temperature and security.
Fresh clean water should be made available at all times in a large water bowl, if possible one that is big enough to allow the snake to soak in if it chooses to, however prolonged soaking may be indicative that humidity is too low. A large water bowl will increase humidity if needed, and Hogg Island boas require moderately high humidity levels, around 40-60%, which should be raised when the snake is in shed. Problems associated with dry conditions include poor shedding and dry skin. Similarly, humidity that is too high can also cause health problems, such as scale rot and respiratory infections.
Hogg Island boas, like all reptiles, are ectothermic (cold-blooded) and are unable to generate their own heat, so a heat source must be provided at one end of the boa's enclosure. This can be in the form of a heat pad or mat, ceramic heating element or a light bulb, which must be properly guarded to prevent burns, and controlled by a thermostat to ensure accurate and constant temperatures. Heat rocks and similar devices have been known to cause thermal burns and can be dangerous, so the use of them is not recommended. Improper temperatures can lead to an unhealthy snake. Without sufficient heat snakes are unable to properly digest food, and immunity can be lowered leading to susceptibility to disease. Temperatures that are too high can cause heat stress and dehydration. Hoggs require a basking/hot spot of around 32°C-35°C, and a cool end of around 26°C-27°C. Night time temperatures can drop to 23°C-27°C. This range of temperatures allows the snake to thermoregulate (control their body temperature) by moving around the enclosure.
A photoperiod of 12 hours daylight and 12 hours night is ample. If preferred this can be altered to mimic seasonal changes, which can be particularly useful when inducing a winter period in preparation for breeding. During winter, daylight hours can be reduced to 8-10 hours for an eight week period, which should be gradually increased back to 12-14 hours for the spring mating season. The photoperiod can be artificially provided with the use of light bulbs or tubes, or, if enough ambient light is present from windows, a natural photoperiod is adequate.
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