I ended up bringing home to *very cute* 1mo southern banded watersnakes on Saturday night. They're doing great in quarantine and just took down a small minnow each. They spend a fair amount of time in or on the edge of their water dish as it is. The herpetologist friend I got them from says you can actually just keep them as you would a garter snake, but I'd like to offer them a 20 or 40g paludarium when they get a big bigger. The key will be keeping the humidity down.
My current plan is to use a large clear display box from The Container Store and set that up in the front right corner opposite the heating mat and set up a small submersible filter with some wood overhangs. Likely it will be large aspen shavings and a lot of twisty driftwood pieces. Ideally, having entry well above the substrate level should prevent aspen shavings from ending up in the water.
Does anyone have suggestions for wet/dry paludarium setups? It would be cool to set up the water with some fine sand, and low, simple, coldwater plants.
Wow, I didn't even know people kept water snakes, I can't wait to hear more about them. Post photos when you get the chance. Sorry I don't have any good advice.
Most people don't, but I have some pretty cool connections, lol. The really nice thing is that all these babies have been super chill, and apparently the parents aren't bitey either (unlike basically any Northern Watersnake I've seen in the wild). I'll definitely get some better photos this week.
Sweetheart is the little one with the deep red and the black heart. Buttons is the bigger brown one with the two dots on the left side.
I'd love 'em, but my wife would hate them. Her fear is a very irrational phobia, she actually liked our neighbor's 6'+ red boa(she'd even handle him!), but she's terrified of garter snakes and doesn't even like other species of boa. Go figure.