Even though snakes seem like a thrilling and unusual pet, there are a number of things that you need to take into consideration before purchasing one. They have special needs and requirements that other animals, like mammals or birds don’t have. I am going to list some things to consider, and even the types of snakes that maybe right for you.
Snakes are a long term commitment, because they can live for more than 20 years. Snakes are also great escape artists, so buy a terrarium that is both safe for the snake and also escape proof, so check all of the possible gaps. Buy from a reputable dealer, because wild snakes can carry parasites. Be ready to clear some space in your freezer because you have to feed pre-frozen prey food, like mice. And above all do not buy venomous snakes or constrictors. Your safety needs to be taken into consideration.
Recommended beginner snakes. Ball Pythons, Corn Snakes or King/Milk Snakes. They are small and docile and you can find them at any pet store.
Snakes that Beginners should avoid. Boa, Burmese or Tree Pythons, Water and Green Snakes, Anacondas, Reticulated pythons or any venomous snakes. All are potentially dangerous and can hurt you.
Feeding Snakes. Use pre-killed frozen prey instead of live prey. A rat or mouse can fight the snake and perhaps injure it.
Shelter. When setting up your terrarium be sure you set up a warm and cool side. Snakes regulate their temperature from cool to hot depending on how they are feeling. Corn cob bedding causes a snake’s skin to dry out. Cedar shavings cause the snake to have respiratory problems. Instead use reptile bark, which is available at pet stores. It is designed to retain humidity better.
Whatever snake you choose, be familiar with a snake’s characteristics and habits, and do the proper research on handling, daily care and nutrition. If you follow these steps your snake should be healthy for years to come.