Bins are an excellent way to house many kinds of snake, especially if you are housing a high humidity snake. Punching holes in it is easy with a drill or with a poker heated on your stove. Punch a few, see if it holds temp/humidity at the right level, and punch more if needed. If you get a big bin, make sure to weight the edges in the middle with books, because snakes ARE escape artists. Even if the bin lid latches on both ends, you'll need to weigh down the center.
It does depend on how big of a snake you're thinking. With most boas, a bin is just fine housing for up to a year or year and a half. After that, large custom housing is necessary.
For heating, flexwatt and a dimmer switch are available for extremely affordable prices from thebeanfarm.com. I have heard you are supposed to attach flex watt to the inside of the bin and cover it with bedding or cloth that the snake cannot scoot under to directly sit on the flexwatt. With a glass tank, you could affix it directly to the underside.
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