I have a 60 gal tank, 4'x18"x18", with a Columbian Boa, approximately 2.5" long. I want to get a leafy plant, preferably with large leafs, that grows out instead of up. I want to take the log shelter out & let him use the leafs as a shelter. I have a large log in there that he can use for shedding. So obviously the plant needs to be able to thrive in that kinda environment. I'm going to eventually move the tank to the east side of the house, in the dining room under a window to get the morning sun. Thanks.

Robert
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whatever plant you put in there, the snake is gonna crawl on it and smoosh it. if ya still wanna go with the plant, then it needs full spectrum bulbs, i believe coralife makes good plant bulbs like Coralife Nutri Grow Plant Lamp, its for freshwater aquarium plants but i dont see why it wouldnt work for land plants. also your gonna have to use organic potting soil without the small white balls (i think they are called perilite) for substrate for the plant, so your gonna have to feed the snake in a seperate enclosure so he doesnt ingest the bedding wich you should be doing anyways so the snake doesnt associate the opening of his enclosure to being fed.

i wouldnt move the tank next to a window, the glass filters out uv rays but it traps heat so youd have a cooked boa.
forgot to put this in the above reply, only plant i can think of that is non-toxic and has broad leaves is Ficus but i dont k now if they grow up or out.
I use Pothos Ivy in my tanks with lizards and snakes, it has has large leaves an creeps (like english ivy)
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I have a 60 gal tank, 4'x18"x18", with a Columbian Boa, approximately 2.5" long. I want to get a leafy ... let him use the leafs as a shelter. I have a large log in there that he can use for

Try Aglaonema or Spathiphyllum. They're tropical plants that are easily found in almost any nursery and they have low light requirements. They're also pretty hardy, but probably won't stand up to your snake long-term. I can't think of any that would.
environment. I'm going to eventually move the tank to the east side of the house, in the dining room under a window to get the morning sun. Thanks.

I'm gonna second Blove here. Think of how hot your car gets with the windows rolled up on a sunny day - even in the winter. Your snake's cage will do the same thing in direct sunlight.
-Z
You might want to try tying a bendy Ficus benjamina (Weeping Fig) along a branch with the desired shape.and it will eventually reatain that shape and form.
I have a 60 gal tank, 4'x18"x18", with a Columbian Boa, approximately 2.5" long. I want to get a leafy ... the east side of the house, in the dining room under a window to get the morning sun. Thanks. Robert

A nice cannabis sativa plant will be a great addition to your tank. Plenty of leaf cover real fast. But you'll need to give it plenty of UV light and water, and it may grow taller than the tank.
A nice cannabis sativa plant will be a great addition to your tank. Plenty of leaf cover real fast. But you'll need to give it plenty of UV light and water, and it may grow taller than the tank.

Trim the top, and it'll go fat, instead of tall. At least that's what I read.

Can't it present a health risk? (Aside from the smell...)

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forgot to put this in the above reply, only plant i can think of that is non-toxic and has broad leaves is Ficus but i dont k now if they grow up or out.

Ficus is the genus of fig trees. They grow up. Way, way up. Strangler figs, pagoda figs, the are all Ficus species. If you give them the room, they get huge and grotesque. There's a mid-sized Ficus benjimina (the 'typical" indoor potted plant ficus) outside my front door here in Irvine, I live on the second floor and the tree still towers way above me when I'm going out, and sheds its leaves on the balcony. There are several rubber figs and other Ficus species on campus (one of which looks like some kind of pagoda or strangler fig) all good sized trees.

As potted plants, you can keep them small by keeping them in a pot that doesn't let their roots grow too much. Any one small enough to stay in a 60 gallon aquarium would get skooshed by a boa in no time, though.

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