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How to Care for Your Vine Snake

How to Care for Your Vine Snake

Vine snakes (Ahaetulla prasina) are medium-sized, arboreal snakes native to the tropical forests, swamps, agricultural areas, and gardens in south and southeast Asia. As an arboreal species, they spend most of their time in trees. Vine snakes typically grow to...

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How to Care for Your White-Lipped Python

How to Care for Your White-Lipped Python

White-lipped pythons (Leiopython albertisii) are medium-large, semi-arboreal, nocturnal snakes native to northern New Guinea. They prefer a forested habitat, often close to a body of water. White-lipped pythons grow to 5-7’ long, with a slender but robust body, rectangular head,...

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How to Care for Your Viper Boa

How to Care for Your Viper Boa

Viper boas (Candoia aspera) are small, terrestrial, nocturnal snakes native to New Guinea and surrounding islands. They prefer a tropical forest habitat, where they like to hide in mud and leaf litter. This species is also known as the New...

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How to Care for Your Tricolor Hognose Snake

How to Care for Your Tricolor Hognose Snake

Tricolor hognose snakes (Xenodon pulcher) are small, fossorial snakes native to the Chaco region of South America, which includes parts of Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. They prefer more arid habitats with sandy soil, such as grassland, savannah, shrubland, and...

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How to Care for Your Rough-Scaled Sand Boa

How to Care for Your Rough-Scaled Sand Boa

Rough-scaled sand boas (Eryx conicus) are small, fossorial, nocturnal snakes native to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Their preferred habitat is arid areas with sandy or silty soil. Rough-scaled sand boas typically grow to 1.5-3’ long depending on...

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How to Care for Your Bamboo Ratsnake

How to Care for Your Bamboo Ratsnake

Bamboo ratsnakes (Oreocryptophis porphyraceus) are small, terrestrial, nocturnal snakes native to east and southeast Asia. Their preferred habitat is montane forest, rainforest, and bamboo thickets, generally in mountainous regions. Bamboo ratsnakes are generally 32-36” long, with a slender body, oval...

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How to Care for Your Texas Rat Snake

How to Care for Your Texas Rat Snake

Texas rat snakes (Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri) are medium-sized, semi-arboreal snakes found primarily in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. They tend to prefer forested areas, but they can be found in bayou, swamp, stream valleys, and rocky canyons, as well as urban...

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How to Care for Your Rough Green Snake

How to Care for Your Rough Green Snake

Rough green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus) are small, arboreal, diurnal snakes native to the southeastern United States and northwestern Mexico. They tend to prefer wet habitats like swamps and woodlands where they can cruise the branches of bushes and small trees...

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How to Care for Your Milksnake

How to Care for Your Milksnake

Milksnakes (Lampropeltis sp.) are a group of small- to medium-sized, terrestrial snakes widespread throughout North America, Central America, and South America as far south as Ecuador. Milksnakes have conquered a wide variety of habitats, from arid habitats to grassland to...

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How to Care for Your Hognose Snake

How to Care for Your Hognose Snake

Table of Contents Introduction Enclosure Lighting Heating Humidity Substrate Décor Food Handling Health Resources   Introduction Western hognose snakes (Heterodon nasicus) are small, fossorial, diurnal snakes native to North America, from southern Canada, through the central United States, to northern...

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How to Care for Your Gopher Snake

How to Care for Your Gopher Snake

Gopher snakes (Pituophis catenifer) are a group of medium to large, terrestrial, diurnal snakes native to the western half of the US, southwestern Canada, and northern Mexico. They can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including woodland, desert,...

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How to Care for Your Garter Snake

How to Care for Your Garter Snake

Garter snakes (Thamnophis sp.) are small- to medium-sized, terrestrial, diurnal snakes widespread throughout North America and Central America. They can be found in a variety of habitats. Depending on the species, garter snakes can be as small as 18” long...

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