5 Best Plants for Snake Enclosures

Some people prefer a minimalistic snake enclosure setup that makes it easier to monitor their snake. Others like to indulge in the creative process and design a living tank for their snakes. One of the best ways to begin to bring life to your snake’s enclosure is to incorporate live plants. 

However, not all plants are created equal, especially when it comes to your snake’s enclosure. Here are some of the top 5 best snake safe plants for your snake’s tank. 

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)

golden pothos

Even when it’s not being used in a snake enclosure, golden pothos are an extremely popular houseplant.

These snake-safe plants can have variegated leaves with white coloration or come in a uniform color. Their hardiness makes them one of the best live plants for snake tanks.

They can thrive in damp conditions (in fact, they can survive completely submerged in water, a growing technique known as hydroponics) as well as dim lighting. 

The golden pothos is best suited for tropical enclosures. 

String of Pearls Succulent (Senecio Citriformis)

string of pearls plant

The string of pearls is another popular house plant turned best plant for a snake enclosure. Since these are a type of succulent, they’ll thrive in dry enclosures with lower humidity. However, they’ll need bright lighting for most of the day. 

String of pearls are famous for their ease of propagation. This means with a little TLC you can cut off a single strand and have it root to create an entirely new plant. With time, this provides a budget-friendly way to indulge in snake safe plants and build an impressive desert tank. 

Elkhorn Fern (Platycerium Bifurcatum)

You’ll be able to recognize the elkhorn fern by its tell-tale “antler” like leaves. This fern is adaptable, making it a great addition to even novice snake enclosures. It’s flexible enough to survive both in substrate or on branches. Plant grows with no soil and on a tree like this, it’s known as an epiphyte

It’s also flexible enough to survive in both desert-style habitats as well as rainforest-style, although it is more likely to thrive in the latter.

The elkhorn fern may be more accessible than other snake friendly plants as well, since it can be found at most nurseries or other locations where plants are sold. 

Aloe Vera

aloe vera

This snake safe plant is both budget friendly and beginner friendly. You can find aloe vera at nearly any store or nursery, and its vertical growth makes it better for enclosures that are taller rather than wider. 

Aloe vera is best suited to drier enclosures, like the desert style. This plant does have some spikes on its edges, with some variations of the plant having sharper points. Most snakes tend to avoid these thorns, so it’s mainly important just to pay attention and be careful when installing the plant into your enclosure. 

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)


The Boston fern is another great fern that makes the perfect fit in your snake’s tank. One of the most popular aspects of these plants is that they can grow in dim lighting as well as brighter lighting. However, they will need natural sunlight occasionally, so this is important to take into consideration when deciding whether or not this is the best live plant for your snake’s tank.