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                                                           Caring For A Pet Snake
                                                               By Gary Ruplinger



   When people think of pets, most of the time "furry" and "cuddly" are adjectives that come to mind.
For the owners of pet snakes, however, these words don't really fit. Still, snakes make interesting pets,
and can even be lovable - in their own way.

Choosing to own a pet snake should not be a snap decision. Snakes can grow large, eat a lot, and
require very specific conditions for staying healthy. Some varieties can even be dangerous to humans.
Providing for their needs can be quite expensive. To top it all off, snakes tend to have a long lifespan.
For the sake of the snake, don't buy one without being sure you are ready to make the commitment.

All snakes are meat-eaters. Many snake owners keep live mice or rats, which multiply rapidly, as food
for their snakes. It is recommended that snakes be fed pre-killed prey animals instead of live ones.
Especially if the snake is not real hungry, a live prey animal can inflict injuries to the snake. Many
snake enthusiasts order frozen mice for their snakes. Others raise mice and kill them as needed to
feed their snakes.

The good part of feeding a snake is that most shouldn't be fed more often than once a week and some
can go for several weeks between feedings. The reason is that they don't have to expend any energy
creating their own body heat. In fact, if the cage is not warm enough, a snake can't even digest its
food.

The enclosure, or cage, for the snake needs to be first of all escape proof. Snakes are escape artists,
and don't need a very big opening in order to find a way out. The cage also has to have a source of
heat. Because they are cold blooded, snakes must have a variety of temperatures to choose from. This
is how they regulate their body heat. For best results, the enclosure should be heated on one side only
and thermometers used on both ends. Each snake species has specific needs in terms of heat, and
you should find out these needs before getting a snake.

Other needs include a bowl of water, several places to hide, and a floor lining. If you’re on a tight
budget, newspaper works well for most snake varieties. It can easily be replaced when soiled. The
water should be kept clean, too. Any wastes or uneaten food should be removed quickly. The cage
should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected about once a month.


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Keeping a pet snake is a responsibility that can also be an adventure. If you are a beginner, you should
start with one of the easier snakes to keep. Do a little research, and you will find out that pet snake
breeds are generally rated according to how hard they are to keep. In time, you will learn the ins and
outs of snake keeping, and can expand your collection to include some of the more exotic types.

Gary Ruplinger is the owner of Boatips, a site providing great information about pet snakes. To learn
more about snake care, visit us at http://www.boatips.com/snakecare/ and be sure to check out the rest
of the site, http://www.boatips.com, as well.




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                                   Choosing The Perfect Pet Snake
                                             By C Swarens



Are you thinking about keeping a pet snake in your home? While pet snakes can be a great addition to
your home, there are several things that you need to keep in mind in order to guarantee the best
possible experience for both you and your slithery friend.

Think About Size

 Before purchasing a pet snake, you need to consider the size of your reptilian friend. Don't be fooled
by the size of the snake that you see at the pet store. Often, pet stores sell snakes that are not fully
grown. So, while the snake may seem like a manageable five feet of slithering scales, it may grow to
be much larger and much thicker than it currently is.

 Before you purchase a pet snake, be sure to do your research about that particular breed. That way,
you will know how large you can expect the snake to grow and you can choose one that will be
manageable for years to come. Not only will this help you have a much more pleasant snake-raising
experience, it will also ensure your snake's habitat is the proper size and that your snake remains
happy and healthy.

Consider Breeding

 Ideally, the pet snake that you bring home should have been captive bred. If you snag a snake from
the wild, it has two distinct drawbacks. First, the snake will be decidedly unhappy because it is used to
running free and wild. Second, the snake is more likely to be aggressive because it is not used to
human handling. Obviously, this will result in a poor experience for both you and your snake.

 In order to create the best possible solution for you and your snake, you should purchase one that was
bred by a reputable breeder. This way, you can be certain the proper methods were used for the
breeding process. You can also be more certain the snake will not be diseased or contain parasites.

Choose a Good "Starter" Snake

 When purchasing your first pet snake, you should start out with one that is generally considered good
for beginning snake owners. These include king snakes, corn snakes, and ball pythons. Each of these
breeds tend to be gentle, which means you should have a good experience when handling them.
These snakes are also relatively easy to care for when it comes to meeting habitat requirements and
feeding.

 Just as there are some snakes that are good for beginners, there are others that are decidedly bad for
beginners. These include red-tailed boas, Burmese pythons, water snakes, tree boas or pythons, and
any snake that has been caught in the wild.

 Regardless of the breed of snake, it is best to avoid any snake that is overly large or that has a poor
temperament. Be certain to handle the snake before making a purchase and observe how well the
snake takes to being handled. If the snake makes a sudden movement at you or bites you, move on to
another one that will be easier for you to handle



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CS Swarens is the president of Find a Pet Online. 800 998-7065For additional information on dogs,
cats, birds, horses, and exotic pets visit the internet's pet resource including pet classifieds at
http://www.findapetonline.comResearch over 430 pet breed profiles
http://www.findapetonline.com/breeds.html




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