A pet snake makes fantastic pet. However before you rush off to acquire one, you should first learn how to care for them. The following are some basic considerations in care and upkeep for snakes in general. You’ll want to learn more about specific breeds and individual needs before making a final decision
By nature, snakes are typically solitaire creatures. Most definitely, snakes do not enjoy loud noises or crowds. Due to their solitary nature, it is usually advisable to have only one snake per habitat. Make sure you keep the handling of the snake to a minimum. This is because most snake types are not the touchy-feely type. However, make sure you handle your pet snake at least five minutes a day so that it’s used to human contact. Snakes also love routine and consistency, so adhere to the same routine when changing water, feeding as well as when cleaning the tank.
Choosing a Habitat
You have to create a conducive environment for the pet snake to live and thrive in. This means keeping the temperature and humidity at the right levels. The temperature and humidity levels can vary by breed of snake, but in general, snakes will usually require heat tape or warm light as well as a room that is not too dry.
Pet snakes require a hide-out home. This could be a cave made of a piece of cardboard or a rock where your pet will fit under. An upside down flower pot with a “doorway” cut out of it is also acceptable. Just make sure there are no sharp edges on anything you build. Pet snakes need a place where they feel safe as they rest and relax.
Snakes do not need much in regard to exercise. However, they do need ample space to fully move and uncoil. The regulation sizes for habitat are usually too small to allow for plenty of movement, so a large tank is better than a small one. Let her do her own thing, with the right climbing equipment available, and your pet will be fine. Some large snakes like to swim in a wading pool from time to time.
Snakes are carnivorous animals and require a diet that meets their needs. The most common practice is to purchase “pinkies” which are very young mice to feed to your snake. The mice can be thawed on a heating pad and fed to the snake with a pair of tongs.
Before you venture into pet snake keeping business, make sure you obtain a license from the relevant authority. Each state and territory has their own set of rules and regulation governing snake ownership so it’s extremely important that you understand perfectly well the requirement set down by the local authority in your area.
Snakes are not right for everybody, but for those who are committed to understand their requirements and unique needs, a pet snake can be a great companion. If you are considering a starter snake, choose a breed such as a corn snake or king snake that is easily handled. More experienced owners can then move to more difficult snake breeds. Like any pet, consider the time investment and cost regarding proper ownership. Adopting a pet means taking in a new family member and you must be prepared for years of care and love and attention. If you do follow some simple care techniques, a snake can be a great slithery addition to your life!