Milk Snake Habitat Checklist

Milk snakes come in a variety of colors and patterns. They are NOT venomous and will tolerate moderate handling. They are very easy to take care of and do not require very much room. Milk snakes also only eat once a week. Compare that to a cat or dog! Milk snakes make wonderful pets if you are willing to properly care for them.

Here is the list of things you will need to care for your milk snake.


The most important thing to remember is to get your cage set-up and plugged with correct temperatures BEFORE you get a snake. Baby milk snakes can be kept in a shoebox sized enclosure but a larger one is always recommended. While adults need at least a 20-gallon long enclosure.

Heat Mat or Under Tank Heater

You will need to put an under-tank heater (UTH) or heat mat under 1/3 of the tank. The enclosure must have two sides; the warmer and the cooler side. Make sure the warmer side is somewhere between 81-85 and a cool side at room temperature.


To know the exact temperature inside the enclosure you will need a thermostat to control your heat source (UTH) and overall temperature. We recommend getting two; one for the cooler side and one for the warmer side.


A substrate is what lies on the bottom of the enclosure. We recommend aspen shavings as they are the most popular type of bedding to use for milk snakes. You can also use shredded newspaper if you want,

Water Dish

You will need a water dish with fresh clean water at all times inside the enclosure.

Hiding Spots

Hiding places are extremely important for milk snakes. They need a hiding place to feel safe when they are stressed out.


The humidity level for milk snakes should be in the 40% – 60% range.To control the humidity level inside the enclosure we recommend getting a hygrometer.


Feed mice or rats (depending on size) to your milk snake. You can also feed them Live or Frozen rodents.

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