06-09-2010, 07:09 PM
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Hey, some reptile (especially snake keepers) have a lot of trouble keeping snakes in 55 gallon tanks due to the fact you cannot control the heat well at all, and the tank is way to large to keep the humidity at the right point.
If you want to keep them both (successfully) in the 55 gallon, I would suggest placing a plastic bag, or what I have done is take wax paper and cover the top of the tank except for like 2 inches at each end. Spray the inside of the tank down with water every 2-3 days to keep the humidity up. The wax paper or bag will help keep the humidity higher. Unfortunately, this cools the tank down, but is necessary for the snake.
I would take about half of that aspen out as well so the snake is closer to the heat pad. I can't judge exactly how much you have, but you should have about an inch and a half of aspen, but no more than 2 inches.
What is the temp right now? A side thermomitor should read about 80f, and that would be perfect. If you need to, you can always add another heat pad on the back of the tank or a light on the top (just make sure the wax paper doesn't come in contact with it).
As for the corn snakes being cannibals, in the wild they are, but fed properly at home it is much less likely. If you feed them frozen thawed pinkies, or pre killed pinkies each in separate containers and leave them there for about a half hour after eating, you can easily keep them together without issues.
They will not breed, however, until you separate them for a season and then introduce them after a cooling period. Corn snakes kept together, properly fed, with the right temps and humidity will not breed on their own. There is a decent process to get them into the right "mindstate" lol.
I hope this helps- I am just trying to give you some ideas on how to really make that cage work. As someone who has kept many snakes in the past I can see major future hurdles for you with the setup you have right now and just want to give you tips for along the way. good luck with it! If you have any questions send me a PM and I will gladly help you out with whatever!
(I've kept and bred snakes in the Elaphe family for many many years)