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Red-Bellied Black Snake Care Sheet

Pseudechis porphyriacus

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The Red-Bellied Black Snake can be found on the eastern side of Australia. They are also called just Black Snake.
Natural Location: Australia

Feeding & Water

The Red-Bellied Black Snake feeds on mainly frogs. In the wild, this would make up 3/4 of their diet. Other than that, anything the snake can get its mouth around, it will eat. Rats, mice and lizards can be fed to this snake. Like most snakes, you should always keep a water dish in the habitat, with clean water each day.


Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

Cooler temperatures are a must for the Red-Bellied Black Snake. Keep the daytime lights on for 12 hours, and the temperature around 79 degrees F to 85 degrees F. At night, drop the temperature to around 70 degrees F. Use a ceramic heat emitter at night to maintain the temperature. The humidity level should remain around 40% at all times.



Keep one Red-Bellied Black Snake in a minimum enclosure of 2.5' x 2.5' x 2.5'. They need enough room to move around normally. Provide branches for climbing, vegetation and hide areas. These snakes tend to be lazy as well, prefering to bask instead of move around. Use playsand or a mulch type flooring as a substrate.


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