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Posted by vadoni on December 26, 2002 at 22:59:12:
In Reply to: First gray-band... posted by peregrinefalcon on December 26, 2002 at 09:26:12:
In my humble opinion you should just buy a sweater box. Use aspen shavings, a water bowl, and a snug hiding place. Put a heating pad beneath to give a hot spot of 80-85F. Simple is usually better, easier to clean.
If you are trying to exhibit this animal for people to admire, it is tough. This species is fossorial(almost always underground or deep in rocks) and nocturnal.
The moist hiding place for shedding is unnecesary. They are essentially a desert animal and a misting when you notice he is blue is more than enough.
I would recommend keeping him a little on the thin side. If you have ever caught one or seen one someone has just collected. That is what you are going for! I feed every 2 weeks a mouse. Keep an eye on his body weight and if needed you can always feed every week or give him a month or two off. Besides this gives you more time to handle the snake as it only takes 3-5 days for them to digest a meal:)
I think a GB will do well in your set up...although i would keep the hot spot at 85F and the low around 75F(other than hibernation)
Good Luck These are GREAT SNAKES
:I am probably going to get a male 16 inch blairs gray-banded kingsnake within the month. This will be technically be my first snake, although I work with snakes alot at the pet store and help my brother with his maritime garter. Anyway, can you tell me if there is anything wrong with how I am going to set-up the tank:
:-35 gallon tank with secure top
:-some rocks and branches
:-a large water dish
:-2 hiding places, with one moist when he's shedding
:-a temperature of around 80 on the warm side and around 70 on the cool side (heating pad)
:I will feed him a hopper mouse every week and handle him whenever he isn't digesting his last meal. Does this sound good? All help will be appreciated, thanks!