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Care Sheet for Garter Snakes and Ribbon Snakes

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 2.80    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 06/17/2006

Main Category:

Snakes

Sub Category:

Garter Snakes and Ribbon Snakes

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Yoyoyo5

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Garter Snake

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Ribbon snakes

Sexing and Characteristics:

N/A

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

You can use repticarpet, newspaper, paper towels. If you want to have a more natural look you can use reptibark.

Water is a must. You need to provide a water bowl large enough so the snake can submerge itself in the water bowl.

Lighting and UVB:

UVB is not needed but it is beneficial.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Temps. should be around 85 degrees F. on the one side and the other side should be around 70 degrees F. At night the temps should be around 70 degrees F.
Room humidity is usually fine but you should raise humidity while shedding.

Heating and Equipment:

You can use a heat bulb. If you use a heat bulb do not use white because the snake is sensitive to light but you should use red or blue. You can also use a heating pad on one side of the cage. If you are using a small tank like a 10 gallon you should use a heating pad because if you use a heating bulb it will make the whole cage hot and literally COOK the snake.

Caging Provided:

I provide a 20 gallon for my ribbon snake. That should be the minimum. You should provide lots of hides and branches. You should have hides on the warm side and the cool side of the tank.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

You should feed him pinkies every 4-5 days. You should not feed them anything else because pinkies have all the nutrients in them and feeder fish carry disease.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

If you feed pinkies you will not need to use any.

Maintenance:

Spot clean every day. Change substrate when it is soiled or one every week what ever comes first.

Some Words on this Species:

This is a great snake for beginners or just anybody. They can be held and again they are really easy to care for.
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