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African House Snake

Lamprophis fuliginosus

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The African House Snake is an easy to keep snake, as they can be tamed over time. Their colours can be brown, green and red, and all shades inbetween. They are nocturnal, sleeping during the day. Like most other reptiles, they slow down during the winter, not requiring the same level of food. African House Snake
Natural Location: Africa
Average Lifespan: Up to 15 years
Estimated Size: 2' to 6'

Feeding & Water

The African House Snake needs to be fed rodents which have been frozen and then thawed before feeding. Babies and juveniles should be fed twice a week. As they get older, the span inbetween feeding grows larger. During adulthood, they should only need to be fed once every two weeks or so.

Provide a large container of water for the snake to both drink, and bath in. Make sure to change the water daily, especially if there is debris in the container which there likely will be if it using it for bathing in.


Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

Provide your African House Snake with a heat gradient from 65 degrees F to 85 degrees F. Use incandescent lighting, and a heat pad for the bottom. Keep the humidity levels between 45% to 60%. During a shed, raise the humidity levels to 70% - 75%. The raised humidity will help to loosen the skin and aid in their shedding process.


The minimum size for an enclosure for an African House Snake should be 30" x 20" x 15". Giving them more room to move around is always better. You mainly want to ensure that the snake has enough room to move around during normal daily activities. Use soil, peat moss, commercial forest floor, or even paper towel as a substrate. You must provide branches for climbing and a 'hide-box.' Cork bark works very well for this, and can be found at your local pet store.

Be sure to clean the enclosure once a week. It is imperative to the health of your African House Snake that you do this religiously. Remove the snake from the enclosure before to begin cleaning.


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