When people talk about pets, they usually use words like ‘cute’, ‘adorable’, and ‘cuddly’. Although these adjectives don’t really fit for a pet snake, pet snakes can be fascinating and delightful pets too. Nonetheless, deciding to get a pet snake isn’t a decision to be taken lightly.
Some types of pet snakes grow to be very large and require precise care for remaining healthy and vigorous. Some types of pet snakes are even poisonous. Providing for pet snakes can be both dangerous and expensive. Furthermore, most pet snakes have an exceptionally lengthy lifespan. Do not purchase a pet snake unless you are willing to make a long- term commitment, for both your sake and the snake.
Every single pet snake eats meat. This means that you will need to purchase mice and/or rats often, or breed them yourself (they multiply quickly). In addition, it is advisable to kill the snake’s prey before feeding it to them. The reason for this is that live prey can hurt or even kill the snake. Thankfully, pre-killed frozen mice/rats can be purchased from most pet stores. Your options are to either purchase pre-killed prey (expensive) or kill the prey yourself (nasty). The good news is that pet snakes only need to be fed once a week at max. In fact, the best pet snakes can usually go two to three weeks without being fed.
The cage for your pet snake needs to be absolutely escape proof. Snakes are highly skilled at finding an escape route. The cage must also be warm. Pet snakes will quickly die if the temperature gets too cold. Different pet snakes have different heat requirements. You will have to do your own research to find out the heat needed by your pet snake. You can either do the research online or just ask a pet store employee.
Other requirements for a pet snake cage include a water container (preferably a bowl), floor lining (newspaper works well), and places to hide underneath (big rocks). The cage should be cleaned often and uneaten refuse (dead mice/rats) need to be discarded quickly.
Taking care of a live pet snake is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. If this is your first pet snake, start with a smaller breed that is easier to nurture. If you perform some research, you will quickly discover that pet snakes are usually judged (by breed) according to the difficulty in maintaining them. With time, patience, and practice, you can slowly move up the list and one day maybe even take care of a pet Cobra! Unlikely, but possible!