I'm considering buying my first snake, most likely a Children's Python since they're pretty small, and would like some advice on setting up a suitable enclosure. I was thinking of buying a second hand aquarium tank, are there any problems with using that? What size would I need? I would probably need a heat lamp as well, what wattage? What type of bedding should I use?
Dave
Australia
I'm considering buying my first snake, most likely a Children's Python since they're pretty small, and would like some advice ... I would probably need a heat lamp as well, what wattage? What type of bedding should I use? Dave Australia

never kept one of them, but most people use heat mats with a stat for snakes, although i dont. i use spot lights and have for over 10 years.

only knowing what size you get, what its made of, surounding air temps can tell you what bulb, but with a stat that is controlled anyway
I'm considering buying my first snake, most likely a Children's ... well, what wattage? What type of bedding should I use?

never kept one of them, but most people use heat mats with a stat for snakes, although i dont. i ... what its made of, surounding air temps can tell you what bulb, but with a stat that is controlled anyway

Whatever you get, make sure to work with it for a few weeks (seriously, weeks) to find out how to get the proper high side and low side temperatures. You don't want to be experimenting with the environment with your new snake in there cooking or freezing.
One downside to glass is that it does not buffer the temperature very well and there will be bigger temp swings. Thus, the popularity of wood tanks with a glass front and vents on the sides.

Doug Herr
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