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Posted by Paul Hollander on February 13, 2003 at 17:43:38:
In Reply to: Cage size vs. # of snakes. posted by ladysharon on February 12, 2003 at 13:40:21:
:Hi. I wanted to get peoples possitions on how many snakes per size cage I can have. (adverage garter/ribbon)
Here's a rule of thumb you can try for minimum size cages -- a floor area equal to that of a cage 1/2 as long as the snake's length, 1/4 as wide as the snake's length, and 1/4 as high as the snake's length. Add 25% floor area for each additional garter. At least this is a starting point for discussion. 8-) Garters are fairly active, so it wouldn't hurt to give them a bigger cage than this.
Also remember that garters can be messy compared to some other species. And a crowded, dirty cage is a breeding ground for disease. I probably wouldn't go over four snakes per cage, and fewer if one or more of the snakes did poorly in a group.