Experience: Average snake keeper
Food: Live or dead prey. Primary prey given is amphibians, earthworms, insects, mice
Feeding adult: earthworms, insects, mice. 2 times a week.
Feed young: cut into small pieces, rain worms, freshwater fish, insects. Almost every other day.
Water basin: Yes
Change water: 3 times a week
There is a choice to offer prey alive or dead. It is advisable to offer dead food. This is because it is more practical and prevents the food animal from injuring your snake. It is advised to offer the food animal with a pair of tongs and to feed your snake outside the residence. This ensures that your hand is not associated with food and prevents you from taking a snake at your hand during feeding. If you go for live food, you must supervise it during feeding. this is because when two snakes use the same prey suits, they can injure each other and sometimes even eat each other. The ideal prey is about as wide as the widest part of the snake.
A large water basin, which can accommodate all hoses at the same time, serves as a drinking and bathing place and sometimes also as a toilet. make sure that the water is refreshed when it is dirty. They also drink that water.
A hygienic environment is important to keep your Thamnophis healthy. To achieve this, the accommodation will have to be cleaned regularly. Cleaning once a week is enough. In addition, to prevent the build-up of bacteria, the entire stay must be cleaned and disinfected a few times a year.
This species has a calm character and is usually easy to handle. nevertheless there are some things to look out for while handling. First, never squeeze your hose while handling, because their vertebrae are fragile and can break easily. It is best to keep your hose in your hand. Also make sure that your hands are washed and do not smell like food. Lastly, your hose does not handle when it is peeling and do not handle it in the dark.