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Posted by nategodin on April 16, 2003 at 08:16:32:
In Reply to: Soooo excited, just need to double check... posted by KenjiValentine on April 16, 2003 at 04:56:07:
Congratulations, black milks are great snakes. If you're waiting for '03 hatchlings, they're generally not available until late summer/early fall, but I guess it's best to start getting a cage set up early...
It sounds like you have the right general idea for setting up a cage for a typical colubrid... but a black milk isn't exactly typical. :) Since they come from the temperate high-altitude cloud forests of Costa Rica and Panama, they don't need a heater... they will to fine at 70-80 degrees. They also aren't climbers, so branches aren't necessary. Aspen and cypress are both fine choices for bedding... hide spots are important, my black milks seem to prefer to wedge themselves into tight spaces, so pick something that lets them feel secure... a small clay dish with a chunk knocked out of it for a "door" works well. They'll also probably hide under their water bowl... I'd get one that's at least 6-8 inches long, so your snake has plenty of room to curl up in or under it.
:I'm going to get a black milksnake as soon as the new 03' hatch. I just want to make sure I will have everything ready for them so I'm making a shopping list
:4'x2'x2' cage Aspen or Cypress Bark bedding??
:undertank heating grapewood or climbing branch
:water bowl...(what size?) two hide boxes (again size?)
:I'm buying a point and click thermometer