This tank was simply getting too small for him.. he was as long as the tank and simply wasn't going anything anymore. And since lately he's eating really really well and growing better because of it, so new digs were getting imperative. I wondered about getting him a new tank when hubby said HEY! Why don't you use one of the big tanks we have in the basement.
The only real expense we'll have with the new tank will be buying a filter for the pond and I needed to get a reptile lid. It cost a fair bit more than i would have preferred, but one does what one needs to do eh? The wood stumps came from our Christmas tree, the rocks from and old rock garden we had, and Fireheart's hidey hole is an overturned in/out tray.
it's amazing the difference it has made. Fireheart, a garter snake, normally spent ALL his time (unless hungry) hiding under his yellow water bowl.
NOW we'll see him sitting next to his logs.
It's rather neat with the new bigger tank. There are distinct warmer and cooler spots so he will come out more and bask in the heat and then retreat to a cooler more "hidey" area. Then come out again and move around. Often after he eats we'll see him basking under the heat lamp. My hubby postulates that it helps with the digestion.
garter snake info.
PDF on caring for garter snake.
Take care of g.S.
Lapbooks and Unit Studies.
A moment in our world.
Middle school lapbook.
Free unit study snakes.
I'll be linking up this week with blogging through the alphabet.