What to Know Before You Own a Snake

A snake needs proper care, exactly like any other pet. But since they’re not like the common household animals we already know a lot about how to care for, in this case you will need to make the effort to understand how to look after a pet snake before you buy one.

Snakes do need all of the regular pet care supplies of a safe and comfortable shelter, water and food.

Here’s a bit of an introduction to some of the specific needs that snakes have to stay healthy and secure.

When snakes live in the wild they feed and hunt small reptiles and rodents. So, you might think that you must feed your snake live rodents like mice. Bat Removal Melbourne

But in actuality, your snake can be injured by its meal attempting to shield itself from being eaten, so great pet owners rather feed their snakes prey which was humanely killed and then frozen for your convenience.

That means you just get your source of pre-killed meals and store them in the freezer, then just thaw it out before you feed your snake.

Like many adolescent species, young snakes often eat more than adults since they’re growing so fast.

So you need to feed them a bit more often than when they become adults, for instance young snakes get fed once every 5 days until they are 9-12 months old.

After that they should be fed every 6 days.

Once they are 3 years and older you only need to feed it once every 10 to 14 days.

How much should I feed it?

Obviously you also have to have some concept of the amount of feed it needs for its size and age.

It is normal to compute the size of the prey to feed it by assessing the girth of your own snake and giving it a prey that is approximately 1.5 or 1 1/2 times as large at the depth of your snake’s body.

Are there any special requirements for water?

Your snake enclosure should always have a clean supply of tepid or room temperature water, even if your snake doesn’t appear to drink it.

Snakes tend to wash and even to soak leisurely in their water bowl. Unfortunately, they also tend to defecate in it, so you want to be cautious about replacing the water daily.

You should get a solid heavy bowl that the snake can not tip over when it climbs in, and the bowl should be shallow so it can soak without danger of becoming trapped as well as drowning.

What sort of snake cage is acceptable for its residence?

It’s important that your snake cage is quite solid and secure, as some snakes are real escape artists that will head butt and nudge each door and crevice to test whether it can push its way out.

Popular options are snake terrariums (and you can purchase a beautiful variety of affordable ones online at Amazon) or fish tanks / aquariums may be used, as long as you’re able to secure the lid on it.

But ensure that the tank has suitable ventilation when the lit is attached, as the snake need fresh air and the ability to circulate air for temperature control.

Snakes need to feel secure and can hide away when they would like to sleep in private, so provide them with a few of those snake caves you can buy made from rock, wood or plastic.

To empower your snake to stay fit and toned you should also offer some tree branches in order for it to grow and coil over.

The snake enclosure also requires suitable bedding for the floor surface, called substrate.

It is also possible to purchase an Astro tuft sheet mat that’s easy to clean and recycle to the floor covering.

Do snakes always require a hot environment?

Not all snakes really need it to be sexy in their enclosure. You should really provide a heat lamp to attach to one end of the cage, so that there is a selection of a temperature with heat at one end and cooler down the other end.

You can also offer a heating pad rather if an overhead lighting isn’t convenient… but do not provide hot rocks or anything that the snake can burn itself .

These are some basic hints that will help you get started, but you need to know as much as you can about how to properly care for your pet snake, so you ought to visit some snake forums and interact with other pet snake owners.

And there are some great books online that you can download to find out in detail everything you need to know, such as snake health issues and even how to breed your snakes if that is what you need to do.

If you’re looking for VERY comprehensive pet snake care training you need to check out”The Ultimate Snake Owners Guide” published by Helene Malmsio from Strategic Publications, since this book covers everything in three segments, about how to care for a pet snake, how to look after any snake health problems, as well as how to breed snakes if that is your goal!

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