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I'm just interested to see what people’s opinions are on rack systems. I'm referring the type used by BHB Reptiles and other large scale snake breeders.
This is my opinion first and then see what others think.
My opinion is for a couple of species they are a good idea. Species like sand boas. They are small and relatively inactive spending most of the time hidden under substrate. Mines in a 45cm cube viv and never see it and never see signs of it being on the surface ie tracks.
So for snakes like that that naturally don't do a lot they are great.
However for most snakes no. From ball pythons, king snakes, corn snakes and Burmese pythons they inn my opinion is not right.
The argument I seem to find time and time again is "there snakes. They don't do anything so don't need a lot of space."
I have got a corn snake with a sand soil leaf litter substrate and multiple hides and branches to go on. It’s out nearly all the time. Climbing, tunnelling or just sitting on top of the slat rather than in a hide. It does go to its hide's but most of the time it’s out exploring.
Other people I know have ball pythons in more natural setups then just newspaper and have branches ect. They are out a lot of the time climbing and exploring.
I think that if given the chance most snakes will be active which surly would make them more appealing?
The thing is with snakes in a box on newspaper with a water bowl they can't do these things so obviously not going to move a lot.
I really don't like seeing the large snakes in racks too small for them to move. Like the ones at BHB. In the vids (Which I do find interesting and am a subscriber) when he shows the large snakes they are coiled up practically if not touching both sides of the box.
In my opinion the min size of a viv for a snake should be that if the snake was to lay length wise along it's viv then it's tail ends on the side.
To make it clearer as that’s probably a bit confusing as I’m not sure how to word it. If you had a 7 foot snake then a 5 foot long viv and two foot wide viv would be ok in my opinion. But that’s floor space.
So that’s my opinion what’s yours?
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