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    Plastic Bin Questions

    Hey there, snake newbie here! I've been researching a lot into ball pythons and I have a few questions about plastic bins as an enclosure. Firstly, if I use a heating pad that will go under the bin will I still need a climbing tree, I read that they're for the snake to get closer to heat but if the heats under do they still need this for exercise or enrichment? I also wanted to know if I will need to get different sized cages as the snake gets bigger, I know that bp's don't feel secure in big, open spaces so should I use a smaller cage for a baby snake?

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    Typically you would put a baby in a smaller bin for security. I've known people who have successfully used larger bins by adding lots of hides and fake plants for clutter.

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    Re: Plastic Bin Questions

    Alright, thanks!

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    Re: Plastic Bin Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex The Rat View Post
    Firstly, if I use a heating pad that will go under the bin will I still need a climbing tree, I read that they're for the snake to get closer to heat but if the heats under do they still need this for exercise or enrichment?
    Itíll be good for enrichment, and to clutter for security, but not necessary in terms of heat. Plants and sticks are great for stimuli but it isnít required. I would like to say itís necessary, but many snakes are kept in racks, so maybe it isnít entirely

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    Re: Plastic Bin Questions

    Okay, I'll put a small tree and some sticks in the beginning to see how the snake likes it then I'll go from there. Thanks so much!

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    Itís best to keep the babies in smaller bins, then maybe move it up to a 20g ( or similar sized bin) then up to a 40g ( or similar sized bin) for their final bin. Ball pythons are not aerial species so they do not need any climbing trees. You can add lots of ground plants and decor.

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    Re: Plastic Bin Questions

    Okay, that's great because I already have a smaller tank that I can use and I wanted to get a lower bin for when he/she gets bigger. Also, when using the bin, is it better to get an opaque bin, should I use cork boards to cover up the sides, or can I just have clear sides?

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    Re: Plastic Bin Questions

    It is less stressful for them to have blacked out sides. If you want to be able to still see the snake inside you could buy a clear one and black out 3/4 sides and the top. Then the snake should feel secure and you can still see inside. If you donít care about seeing inside, then just buy a colored bin.

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    Re: Plastic Bin Questions

    I don't mind not seeing it, I just read that snakes like knowing what time of day it is by the sunlight so I don't know how important that is.

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    Re: Plastic Bin Questions

    For some species this may be true, but for ball pythons itís not that big of a deal. Ball pythons original come from Africa where they spend all day inside pitch black termite mounds and sometimes come out late at night to hunt. So, ball pythons actually like the dark. Lots of times ball pythons are kept in snake racks with no light, itís just up to you.

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