Easy DIY Reptile Enclosure Enrichment For Snakes

Easy DIY Reptile Enclosure Enrichment For Snakes

What We Hope to Accomplish with our DIY Reptile Enclosure Snake Board:

At Zen Habitats we wanted to create a snake tactile board, sometimes referred to as a snake jungle gym. We are hoping to provide some environmental enrichment for our ambassador snake species by giving them time outside of their terrarium, providing different textures to explore, and climbing opportunities to build muscle mass.

DIY Snake Board Shopping List:

  • 4’x2’ Board (melamine or PVC, plywood and particle board are likely to splinter and we don’t want to hurt our snakes!)
  • 1” PVC piping cut to various lengths
  • 1” PVC caps
  • 1” PVC elbows
  • PVC glue
  • 1” diameter drill bit
  • Netting
  • Shelf-liner or vet wrap
  • Paint Roller

How To Build The Snake Board For Enriching Your Snake’s Habitat:

  • Step 1 - Mark out and measure where you want to attach your PVC pipes
marking out and measuring where you want to place pipes on your DIY snake board is the first step
  • Step 2 – Drill holes into board
In order to build the DIY snake board, the next step is to drill the holes into the board
  • Step 3 – Apply PVC glue to caps and elbows and screw pipes into place
Apply PVC glue to caps and elbows and screw pipes into place, for the third step in creating the DIY snake board
  • Step 4 – Attach your various textured objects, however you feel fit
The final step to create the DIY snake board, is to attach the various textures and objects you want for your board

Other Enrichment Ideas for Snakes

Some great snake enrichment tips and ideas provided by the amazing snake behaviorist; Lori Torrini include:

DIY Reptile Enclosure Puzzles, Mazes and Hides

Some of the best things to use for this are empty boxes, empty paper sacks, empty plastic containers, paper or plastic cups, tubes made of plastic or cardboard, crumpled up paper, or anything safe for the snake to climb through, in, around, or on.

Lori Torrini of Beahviour Education LLC shows other enrichment ideas for snakes. Using a kitchen stool, and attaching various toys is an easy DIY snake enrichment tool

Providing Mental Stimulation

  • Providing mental stimulation to your pet is probably one of the most important forms of enrichment and is called either behavioral or cognitive enrichment. Animals have the ability to become bored and when that happens you can sometimes see negative effects, like behavioral changes or even illness.
  • Training
  • Encouraging climbing, burrowing, balancing, moving from one location to another, swimming, gripping, grasping, etc. within their enclosure
  • This can be accomplished by adding objects of various heights, sizes, shapes, and textures to the enclosure.

Visual enrichment

  • This can include novel objects, varying colors, varying contrasts, movement, light, target training, station training, and objects the reptiles can see moving around or that they can cause to move, such as balls.
  • Food enrichment
  • This is easily done via mazes or puzzles, which can be created with empty boxes or other containers, hiding food inside the snake terrarium or a separate space, presenting food as a reinforcer during training sessions, freezing food in ice cubes (if appropriate for the species), placing food in water, creating movement of the food, or feeding live (if appropriate, safe, within personal ethics, allowed by the facility, and allowed by law). 

Happy Zenrichment 2023!

Throughout the month of January, we are holding our first-ever Zenrichment Challenge! Are you looking for ways to provide a more enriched life for your pet? Start the new year off right by joining the challenge! Participants get to follow along with each other on social media and share their pet’s progress throughout the month with weekly check-ins. In addition, Zenrichment participants will get access to exclusive educational content, DIY projects, discounts, souvenirs, and more via email. Ready to join in on the fun or just want more information? Fill out this quick form.

 

how do you provide enrichment for your reptiles? Take part in the Zenrichment challenge!


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