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Hello.Could you please tell me if i buy a corn snake or any non venomous snake,and at the time of buying the snake its 2 or 3 foot long so i buy a vivarium for a 2-3 foot long snake..After I buy him/her, he/she grows and comes 4-5 footlong..will i need to buy another vivarium because he/she has grown or will the 3 ft vivarium be fine?
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So sorry for the delay. The holiday have kept me off of the computer. I would just by the end of life aquarium first and not buy two. Find out the average size of the adult snake and buy and aquarium that has a perimeter equal to or greater than the size of the adult snake. For example, if you have an 8' non arboreal snake, a 3X1X3X1 aquarium would be the minimum. I always go bigger. For my cobra for example, she is about 6.5'. Her enclosure is 3x2x3x2.

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Kevin L. Ogle

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I can answer almost any question regarding snake husbandry, feeding, general care, handling, etc. I have some experience with geckos and bearded dragons. I cannot answer questions regarding breeding or venomous reptiles.

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I have over 10 years experience in snake husbandry. Currently, I have the following (Children's Python, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Western Hognose, Olive Python, 2 Macklot's Pythons, D'Albert's Python, 2 Carpet Pythons, 2 Royal (Ball) Pythons, California King, Green Tree Python, Amazon Tree Boa). While I have no formal training in Herpetology, I can help most folks keep their snakes healthy and happy.

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