Hognose Enclosure Set Up
Getting everything ready for your new hognose may seem daunting at first, but it doesn't have to be. We've compiled a list of the most needed supplies, so you can ensure your hognose will be living the best life possible.
A shoe box sized tote or 5 gallon aquarium are favoured choices for growing hatchlings. We suggest 6QT Sterilite ClearView bins for hognoses that are 10+ grams. A 5 gallon aquarium with a fitted lid and clips will also work, but the the sides may need to be "blacked out" (covered) until your hognose is settled in and feeling secure.
We highly recommend THG heat tape. Reptile brand heat cable and heat mats can be used, with the latter being less consistent or effective
Food and Water
Feeder rodents - Your hatchling hognose will likely be on pinky mice for the first 2+ months if fed on a 5 - 7 day feeding schedule
Humid hides - With BC's humidity averaging 60% - 70%, we don't find it necessary to provide a humid hide. We have had minimal issues with stuck sheds. However, if you live in a more arid climate, a small container filled with moistened sphagnum moss makes a great humid hide that will aid in the shedding process.
** this is your most important investment as heat tape can reach over 140° F in a few minutes if not controlled and regulated by a thermostat