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Recommended Minimum Space Requirements for Reptiles

Recommended Minimum Space Requirements for Reptiles

Reptile Group

Minimum Space Requirement

Tortoises and terrapins

0.2 m2/0.1 m carapace length

Purely aquatic chelonians

0.25 m3/0.1 m carapace length

Terrestrial lizards

0.2 m2/0.1 m total length

Arboreal lizards

0.4 m3/0.1 m total length

Boas and pythons

0.6 m2/meter of snake

Kingsnakes and rat snakes

0.6 m2/meter of snake

Whipsnakes and racers

1.0 m2/meter of snake

Arboreal snakes

0.2 m3/meter of snake