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    A couple weeks ago my daughter caught a garter snake. It definitly needs a bigger home than the 6"x4" aquarium it's in now. Since I am doing Wal Mart tomorrow <goodbye paycheck> I want to get an aquarium/terrarium and some stuff to put in with the snake to make an interesting environment for it. Kalin is about 18" - 20" long if that helps.

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    A ten gallon aquarium would do fine. don't put dirt in the tank for it might have parisites or might mold. You should get the tank at wal mart,I got one for $8.00 there . feed the snake small feeder goldfish and crickets (you can get the fish and crickets at petsmart ) (Put the goldfish in a small bowl) . ask a petsmart worker what to put in the bottom of the tank/ terrarium for him/her. Hope I could help

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    Thanks Spectabilis73,
    For the bottom of the terrarium I was thinking of using Bone Aid Calci-Sand (definitely not CP friendly [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] ) or shredded paper from my cross cut paper shredder. Will these be OK?
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    Garter snakes require a smiliar setup as to a ribbon snake. Here is a good set up:

    10-20 gallon tank with under tank heater on one side and a 50 Watt basking lamp on same side

    A large water bowl for soaking and feeding (if fed fish)

    A bedding of aspen shaving, care fresh, or any other snake bedding.

    **Calcium sand might work, i have never tried it**

    Temperatures:

    Garter snakes are durnial, so the basking lamp will provide the image of day/night. The undertank heater will make sure the temps are around 80F

    Feeding:

    Graters feed well on guppies, earth worms, and other insects, but if you could, try to feed it a pinkie mouse. It will save some cash and the feces will be less watery.

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    A note on the Calci-Sand:

    I don't recommend it for most snakes, because it will occasionally get caught in between their ventral (belly) scales, where it can cause some MAJOR irritation. This can eventually lead to skin infections and even death. Not worth taking the chance. The exceptions to this rule would be sand-dwellers like Sand Boas and kin.

    My personal preference would be cage carpeting (available from ZooMed) or sheets of newspaper (the less ink the better). Garter and Ribbon Snakes tend to be messy, so make sure it's something that's easy to keep clean!
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    Thanks for the tips and suggestions guys. I have an idea of what to look for now. Makes it a little easier to know what I should be shopping for.
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    walmart sells aquariums?? or do you mean the big rubbermiad containers? ive never seen them at the walmart near where i live. if they do, how much would a 20 gallon terrarium/aquarium cost?

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    I don't know how much their 20 gal. tanks are, they were out or don't carry them or can't get them. They had a couple of 10gal. tanks for $8.96 and tank cover for $6.96. These are glass aquarium tanks. Thay had a large tank. I don't know what size it was. My eyes hit the $150 price tag [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] and just kept right on going to the 10 gal. tanks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] .
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