Put a Real Beauty in your Tank: Taiwan Beauty Snakes in Captivity Series V

24 Jun

For lighting I use a regular fluorescent shop strip light, purchased from most hardware or home improvement stores.  I place a ceramic heat element at one end of appropriate size that will maintain the 85-degree hotspot.  Since the Taiwan Beauty Snakes O. t. friesi are a diurnal snake and very active during the day I like to provide them with a regular daylight and nighttime cycle that match the outside environment.

Decorating the Taiwan Beauty Snake O. t. friesi enclosure is not a huge undertaking in itself.  You need a large water bowl that they can not knock over during their excursions.  You must also provide hides meaning one on the cool side and one on the warm side.  Being an arboreal snake, we definitely want to provide a lot of climbing apparatus to the enclosure.  Personally, I use sand blasted grapevine and some of the rubber coated wire forms, made to look like vines.  Place a lot of plastic plants throughout the enclosure to offer the snake a sense of security this will benefit their psychological behavior in the end.  I don’t recommend trying live plants unless they are tree type plants as the snake will crush them through their daily wanderings.

Taiwan Beauty Snakes O. t. friesi can be a demanding reptile to house, but in my opinion they are also one of the more interesting snakes to own.  They are constantly active and curious to discover things within their environment.  So if you’re tired of owning the same old colubrid snakes then I would definitely suggest getting one of these snakes they will undoubtedly bring you many years of enjoyment.

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