When it comes to caring tips for your Pueblan Milk Snake, reptile keepers/hobbyists will want to create a vivarium to secure your Pueblan milk snake and to prevent unwanted escapes. Caring tips for your Pueblan Milk Snake include making sure that you use a vivarium large enough to house your milk snake and deep enough so your Pueblan doesn’t climb up and out of the safety of the enclosure. In this article, you’ll learn, caring tips for your Pueblan Milk Snake.
Temperatures should be maintained between comfortable ranges of 83 – 88 degrees. Use an under the tank heater or a heating pad to achieve and maintain these temperatures. Invest in thermostats which will automatically increase or decrease temperature especially for days when you are not at home and outside temperature tend to become erratic and unpredictable.
Provide the PMS a stick or a ledge in its enclosure for your Pueblan to climb on and off of. Providing a ledge and/or a climbing branch inside its vivarium will be conveniently useful in aiding the snake during its shedding process – snakes rub up and slither against objects around it (no matter if it’s in the wild or in an artificial habitat).
Aside from being dexterous climbers and great escape artists, Pueblans are burrowers. Line the base of its enclosure with aspen shreds, beech chipping, or corn cob substrate. Pueblans are generally soloists and enjoy tucking themselves away where it can safely burrow and hide in when it feels the need to get away.
The Pueblan Milk Snake will need a under the tank heating device affixed to one side of its enclosure. Maintain tank temperature between mid to upper 80 degrees Fahrenheit in this area. Meanwhile, keep the other side of the enclosure cooler regulating temperatures between 78 to 82 degrees. A drop into the low-70s for nighttime temperature is agreeable to the needs of your new Pueblan.
On the hot side of the snake’s enclosure, place a dish of clean water which it can drink out of when necessary and also deep enough so that the snake can take a bath in it should the Pueblan fancy a quick dip. On the warmer side of the habitat fashion an area where it can hide, feel secure and be removed from the hubbub of the space it occupies.
There is a reason why we do not see too many snakes in the wild – this is because snakes are innately shy and prefer to keep to themselves breaking pattern only during brumation period where Pueblans have been spotted to share brumation shelters.
There is little maintenance to be done with a Pueblan’s vivarium if given the monthly attention and clean up the enclosure requires. Make a habit of spot checking your Pueblo at least twice a day.
Economical corn cobs, shredded newspaper paper, aspen bark and beech chips are just some of the substrate materials choices a hobbyist can select and use to line the bottom of its vivarium. Take note that coconut fiber seems to do the job just as effectively. Double up on purchasing substrate to stock as your Pueblans’ vivarium will be getting a monthly general cleaning.
Check and clean the snake’s enclosure each month (or more frequently, if needed) to make sure that the whole enclosure is taken apart, taking stock that individual pieces are cleaned and disinfected with bleach and water. Remove all soiled bedding and dispose of this properly. Give the tank a thorough scrub and making sure not to miss any corners.
After disinfecting the tank and tank accessories (hide, water bowl, ledge, climbing branch, etc.) and allowing it to dry thoroughly, place a fresh bed of tank bedding of paper-based substrate, beech chips, cypress mulch, corn cob or aspen shavings.