The 24” x 18” Snake kit, is designed for use as a starter kit for several small species of snakes, but may be used to house certain smaller species for life. The 24” x 18” set up is slight upgrade on the standard 24” enclosure and provides a little more room for your animal. It is ideal as a starter size for baby Royal pythons less than 9 months old, or juvenile corn snakes or milk snakes up to 18 months. Many slender bodied snakes, while they are under 3ft in length may be housed in this set up. A 24” x 18” set up may be used as a minimum enclosure for small snakes such as male Hognoses, male Rosy boas, or Children’s pythons.
As with all our set ups, they can be used as they are as a basic kit or can be added to with various upgrades to make them even better for your animal. The biggest downside to using a 24” x 18” set up is a lack of a thermal gradient (i.e a hot and a cool end). This makes the use of a thermostat even more important than with other set ups as generally, the tank temperature is the same everywhere. For all snakes and particularly Royal pythons, a suitable cage guard can be a very worthwhile investment, as snakes will often wrap around light fittings, either pulling them off the roof and/or getting burnt by the heat lamps.
If you only go for one extra piece of kit with your set up this is the one to get. We cannot stress how important and useful a thermostat is. The only reason we don’t include it in the kit is because, it tends to be the only piece of kit people keep from kits they are upgrading. Not having one is very time consuming and can potentially be very dangerous. As your home changes temperature (ie central heating on and off) so will your tank without a thermostat. The addition of a Habistat Dimming thermostat automatically dims or brightens your heating source depending on the pre-set temperature you choose. This will keep your animal safe from dangerous overheating. Plus give your animal a stable set of temperatures with which to regulate its body temperature effectively.
The digital thermostats are much the same as the basic ones discussed above, but with some added benefits. You will get a digital readout, added safety cut off and a separate channel for putting an extra electrical item on a timer. The Digital thermostat will also allow you to program a controlled night time drop in temperature (very useful for many chameleons). Plus it will give you a permanent readout off the current temperature inside your enclosure on an easy to read display.
This upgrade came about after new opinions regarding night time darkness. We quite often advise keeping heating running 24hr a day (where appropriate) due to most homes getting far too cold for the reptiles in question if your normal incandescent light were to be turned off. This option allows for the replacement of a longer lasting fitting made of ceramic. In addition your bulb is replaced with a top quality Moonlight dark bulb that produces far less light than a normal bulb. Meaning your animal can regulate its temp day and night. Whist getting the night time darkness it would prefer.
Cage guards are an often overlooked piece of kit. Many get away with their animal never burning themselves on the heating bulbs. That said in the rare circumstances where animals have burned themselves, most will have wished they had, had a guard, and simply not taken a chance with their animal’s health. Our cage guards come with a hinged bottom, for easy access to the heat bulb in case the bulb breaks and needs replacing.
This addition keeps your animal safely in the enclosure. Often it is a more useful as a way of keeping unwanted attention out. Such as young children and other curious pets.
As it says we will upgrade your analogue thermometer for a digital thermometer with probe. This will make it easier to read and less opening and closing your enclose to check it’s all work correctly. The digital thermometer is also more accurate and measures the temperature to an accuracy 0.1F.