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06-24-2004, 12:36 PM
Can a young pair 1.1 be put together in a 10 gal tank?

06-24-2004, 03:25 PM
Its a general rule with snakes that they should be housed seperately unless you are breeding them.

I house my hognoses in sterilite shoeboxes in a rack system. I think a 10 gallon would be fine for one snake, but it would be alot of room.

Glenn Bartley
06-24-2004, 09:49 PM
I have housed a pair of Western Hognose snakes together in a tank for almost three years now with no problems, although I readily admit they will eat other snakes and I have witnessed them do so. In fact I have kept a pair of Desert Kingsnakes together, now for almost 8 years, and they do not try to eat one another even when very hungry. Go figure, I have seen others that would readily devour their own kind without hesitation.

According to many, you may always take somewhat of a chance housing them together but I have had no problems with mine except once or twice when feeding them together and they grabbed the same mouse. You have to be careful of that so I now feed them out of the cage one at a time, then place them back together as soon as they have finished. I am not suggesting that you do it my way, just letting you know how I do it.

I have seen snakes kept in communal settings at zoos and other institutions without problems and figured I would give it a try. It works for me but you may not have the same results. Bear in mind though, that as I noted earlier, Western Hognose are noted snake eaters.
All the best,
Glenn B

06-26-2004, 09:56 PM
FYI, I placed some plastic plants that I had leftover from a fish tank. It's unbelievable the change in Freddy, the crimson. He used to stay onder a water bowl or in a paper towel tube. now he spend 90% of his time power lounging under the fake foliage ,really chilled him out I read that the more time a corn spends not hiding reflects that all is good for them. I will try to post a pic tomorrow

07-04-2004, 08:59 PM
Hognose snakes can withstand rather small spaces, but depending on how long, and including another snake, im not sure. They can live healthy, and from my knowledge, happy:D. As you know since you have two, they are pretty slow snakes, so they dont move much.

They do not climb too often either, so they may not be bothered by a small tank, but i would seperate them unless you are breeding the pair, and maybe put each one in a 10 gallon tank. 10 gallon tanks you can get for as cheap as $13.00. But i would suggest seperation.