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Old 10-31-2017, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Florida native plants for a water snake biotope/paludarium?

Plants for a Florida native water snake biotope?

Vine? Bog? Fern? Mosses? Submerged aquatic? Emersed?

I have a 150 gallon tall, 48x24x29, with a 44x15x10 terrarium, on top of it, which I'd like to set up as a Florida native paludarium/biotope for a water snake...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8FZJojkkcc

So I'm interested in figuring out what plants I could use and where to get them. Who could help me?

I'm thinking of only making the water like 18" deep, and having a moist area between the water and terrarium, but I don't know.
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Default Re: Florida native plants for a water snake biotope/paludarium?

well
you can use any plants!
But my question is, since this is a biotope, what plants are native to your area that you can use? and uh when your doing with this I just have to see the finished product. This idea Is something ive never even seen before.
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Something of the sort, but with much much more water and plants, I'm wondering who can tell me what plants to use to make it a genuine Florida native with moss, vine, fern, bog, emersed, and submerged, plants...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuTclqsKi-g
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Default 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.
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