11-01-2017, 06:16 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Dallas, Texas
| | Re: Florida native plants for a water snake biotope/paludarium?
Welcome to APC!
Very interesting project, long ago I kept a small banded water snake in a half-filled aquarium with a rock island. But I didn't attempt to keep any plants.
I see two possible problems. First, most wetland plants like a lot of light, and it will be difficult to supply this. Fortunately, Florida does have shady wetlands (think cypress swamps), so try to find plants native to those habitats. Second, even though your set-up is large, most wetland plants will quickly outgrow it. So look for smaller species. One native emersed plant that would probably work is Sagittaria platyphylla.
For other possibilities, you could search on-line data bases of Florida wetland plants. Or, just go collecting! Get permission of course. Finding species that will thrive in your set-up but not outgrow it will be trial and error, so try a big variety. If you use any wood in your set up, there are probably a number of epiphytes that would grow in the humid air.
Good luck, and please post photos.