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    about to enter the retic world here a little advice would help on caging

    am about to become a new retic owner here i got 3 different enclosures am getting different advice am getting a 2020 retic hatchling what size tank should i use i was told a 10gallon a 20 one and 40 gallon i told a 40 is to big and so is a 20 gallon what one yall think the best and i do own big snake i currently have a 13ft burmese

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    Don't get a tank at all, they are a waste of money, if it has a screen top your snake will push it's way out (retics are a lot more active than burms), and your retic will outgrow it in a few months anyway.

    Order a 6x2 or 8x2 PVC enclosure now from a quality vendor so you'll have it in a few months; retics typically handle extra space well and your male will grow into it soon enough. In the meantime you can set it up in the biggest clear plastic tub with a secure lid that you can get your hands on.
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    Re: about to enter the retic world here a little advice would help on caging

    Quote Originally Posted by bcr229 View Post
    Don't get a tank at all, they are a waste of money, if it has a screen top your snake will push it's way out (retics are a lot more active than burms), and your retic will outgrow it in a few months anyway.

    Order a 6x2 or 8x2 PVC enclosure now from a quality vendor so you'll have it in a few months; retics typically handle extra space well and your male will grow into it soon enough. In the meantime you can set it up in the biggest clear plastic tub with a secure lid that you can get your hands on.
    This 100%^^


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    Re: about to enter the retic world here a little advice would help on caging

    Retics grow quick!!! I got an AP 4X2 and put mine in there as a youngn to grow into. Figured Id have a year or so before I moved him out and moved my boa in. Hes already over 4 in half the time!


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    Yup, buying a small cage like that is a waste of money. I started out with a tub, and then a 4'x2', and then a 6'x2', but I have other snakes that can make use of the cages left behind by upgrading her. If it had been just her, I'd have gone with an 8' or 10' right off the bat, and using a divider while small if needed.
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    Re: about to enter the retic world here a little advice would help on caging

    Quote Originally Posted by warcheese View Post
    am about to become a new retic owner here i got 3 different enclosures am getting different advice am getting a 2020 retic hatchling what size tank should i use i was told a 10gallon a 20 one and 40 gallon i told a 40 is to big and so is a 20 gallon what one yall think the best and i do own big snake i currently have a 13ft burmese

    Retics are active, intelligent, and powerful animals. My personal advice is to go big on caging. Large water area where they can get into and out of with ease. Give them a climbing area. Give them lots of attention as babies so you can grow with them. They grow fast and are hungry as babies. If a mainland female, you can watch yourself shrink over time as she grows. Buying small enclosure would not be good for you or the retic. The retic will out grow it quickly and they need a gradient of temps that are hard for smaller enclosures. Don't be surprised if you see the retic perched high up if a shelf or climbing area is provided. Don't be surprised to see the retic swimming or soaking. Rainbow (my 4 year old that is 18 ft already) has been seen watching TV, loves exploring outside on a warm summer day, and interaction on most days. I went large on her enclosure with a 8 ft X 4 ft X 4 ft, and still looking at upgrading her to a 15 Ft X 8 ft X 8 FT enclosure as she grows. Can she be healthy in a smaller enclosure? Sure. I just feel they need more interactive enclosure with lots of room to move around in. Some would say is over kill to go that large.

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