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Posted by: caecilianman02 at Wed Oct 27 07:48:35 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by caecilianman02 ]  
   

This has been up and running for about two months now; it's a large enclosure for the world's smallest snake. I used an all-glass tank with a sliding/ locking lid. The idea is that there will be enough space between the surface of the soil and the lid to prevent the snake from making any escapes, and even then, this lid appears to be very secure. The substrate consists of layered gravel, sandy soil, mulch, dried moss and dead leaves, the surface of which is lightly misted twice a day. Several live plants grow inside. There is a small rotting log on the surface which is home to a colony of over 1,000 termites, and I have also added isopods, tiny millipedes, springtails and various insect larvae. Several flat stones provide a place for the snake to forage on the surface while staying out of view. The glass is normally covered with opaque paper, which can be removed to see the animal tunneling alongside the glass. My plan is to simply put the snake inside and leave it alone completely, then check up on it six or seven months from now to see what has happened.



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