Snake Care. Caring for your snake can be confusing for those who do not know what to do. First time snake owners can make loads of “noob” mistakes. Well you are in a good place, I have learnt how to care for your and have learnt from my mistakes.
What you need to know is that snakes are very sensitive and hardy creatures at the same time.
Read through this list of 50 Snake Care tips. – Snake Care
1. GET PREPARED
Before you get yourself your snake, you need to make sure you have prepared yourself and your environment.
Here are some things you need to have prepared:
- An enclosure.
- The enclosure setup like lighting, warming matt and snake hides.
- The snake food and a good supplier of it. Especially if you feeding your snake rats, mice or eggs. – Snake Care
2. MAKE SURE THE SNAKE IS SAFELY AWAY FROM CHILDREN
If you have children in your home, you need to make sure the snake enclosure is safely out of their way. For the safety of the snake and child. If you are going to keep a venomous snake you must make sure the snake is kept far from any child. Also educate the child that the snake is very dangerous and can cause them to be harmed. – Snake Care
3. MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND ALL COSTS INVOLVED
Caring for your snake can be expensive. The cost involved can vary from feeding your snake frozen or live mice or rats. Or feeding your Egg Eater snake the eggs they need. You also need to have all the items you need in your enclosure. The costs for the enclosure should be once off and them to basically maintain all the items in the tank like if your substrate runs out etc. – Snake Care
4. DO NOT GET YOUR SELF A VENOMOUS SNAKE
If you are still a beginner at the whole snake thing you must stay away from the likes of the Rattle Snake or any other highly venomous snakes. These bad boys are not for beginners and I do not think they should be kept in captivity even by someone who knows what they are doing. The reason is that these snakes are on most occasions very aggressive and after one bite can cause a quick death. The only time I agree with keeping them in captivity is for milking them or if they are a dying breed and need to be bred in captivity to increase their numbers. – Snake Care
5. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR ENCLOSURE TESTED
Before you add your snake to the enclosure it is very important to test the lighting, warming mat and all the other parts of it. The last thing you want is to harm your pet because of a malfunctioning warming mat etc. – Snake Care
6. BUY FROM A BREEDER OVER A PET STORE
Buying your snakes from a snake breeder would be a much better choice than getting one from pet shop. The reasons are:
- The pet store will not specialize in any specific snake.
- A breeder will know their snakes well.
- They will look after them in a better way, their enclosures will be clean and the snakes will be easier to handle as they have been handled by the breeder.
- The breeder will be able to give you tips to look after those specific snakes so that they are looked after better by you. – Snake Care
7. DO NOT PURCHASE AN AGGRESSIVE SNAKE
Take some time to observe the snake you want to purchase. Go and visit the pet store and try and see if you can see a stressful snake. The stressed snakes will try strike you if you put your hand near it. – Snake Care
8. MAKE SURE THE ENCLOSURE STAYS DRY
The last thing you want i to have a snake enclosure that is wet or damp. No snake likes having its enclosure damp. A damp enclosure can also cause health issues for the snake. You must always keep the enclosure VERY clean. – Snake Care
9. MAKE SURE THE TEMPERATURE IS CORRECT
Different snakes need different temperatures, you will need to make sure you research or ask the pet store what temperature would be best for your snake. You will need a enclosure thermometer that you will add to the snake enclosure. Here you can keep an eye on the temp. – Snake Care
10. HOW TO KEEP THE ENCLOSURE WARM
There is no need to purchase a warming lamp, as snakes do not warm from the light. Snakes love to keep warm from lying on a rock. The best thing to do is to get a warming matt. Place them matt under a rock and use that as the warm area of the enclosure. When the snake is cold it will go up onto the rock and stay there until it has had enough. – Snake Care
11. IMPORTANCE OF LIGHTING IN THE TANK
The snake will need to know when it is day time and night time. The best way to properly do this is to purchase an enclosure light from Amazon. Make sure to put the light off at night and on during the day. Snakes need to have a routine and the lighting is what is wired in its brain that shows it when to become active and when to sleep. – Snake Care
12. MAKE SURE YOUR SNAKE HAS ENOUGH WATER
Purchase a water bowl from Amazon. Make sure the snake has enough water at all times. The water bowl must be cleaned and new water added at least twice a day. – Snake Care
13. A WORD ON FEEDING
Each snake species has different feeding requirements. Before you get your snake you need to know what that specific snakes eats and you must have a ready supplier for the food. Feeding normally takes place once a week or every six days or so. Remember not to handle your snake after it has eaten as this can cause the snake to regurgitate. – Snake Care
There are so many aspects to consider before starting with a pet snake. Most snakes are harmless and will only bite if they are very threatened. That is why most snakes can make a great pet as long as you know how to look after them.