Caring for Snakes

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If you’re looking for an unusual, eye-catching pet, it is tough to go wrong with a snake. Here are some simple tips that can help ensure the health of the snake and prevent a good deal of aggravation as well.

  1. First, observe how big your snake can grow to be. Most North American varieties only grown to be about four feet long, and it is a sensible size. Do not let a pet shop employee talk you into purchasing a Burmese python, since these creatures can grow to be more than thirty feet long, and will require huge cages and tremendous amounts of food. (And before you askā€¦ No, most zoos will not accept these as gifts.)
  2. Don’t scrimp on cage size. A crate that is too small can be quite stressful and damaging to your pet. Pet shop clerks will sometimes try to sell you caging that is insufficient in size, and therefore don’t fall into this snare. For adequate comfort, the combined length and width of the cage should at least match the snake’s length. Snakes can grow quite quickly, so don’t forget to take that into consideration also!
  3. Do find out how docile that specific specimen is. Many non-venomous North American snakes are quite docile, but if you’re a first-time keeper, then you should probably ensure that your prospective pet could be handled easily.
  4. Make sure you pick a pet with a hearty appetite. Ball pythons, by way of example, make great pets–but they’re notoriously finicky eaters. Corn snakes make great starter pets because they are exceedingly docile and are not picky about what they consume.
  5. Snakes–indeed, any reptile–could possibly spread salmonella. The risk involved is very small, but one should play safe. This is particularly true when young children or people with compromised immune systems are involved.

Obviously, these tips only constitute some simple advice. I recommend that all prospective owners should read up on snake care in general, in addition to the specific needs of the species that they plan to purchase. A little bit of basic research can prevent a good deal of aggravation later on.

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