Beginners’ Guide To Caring for An Exotic Pet Snake
Having exotic snakes as pets is becoming common nowadays. This is
primarily because many people who have been taking care of one assert
that snakes are actually tame, contrary to popular belief.
In spite of this, snakes remain to be not for everyone as care is quite
complex. Just like in the case of having other types of exotic animals,
commitment is very essential. Thus, prior to acquiring one, it is best
to have the right information about them such as behavioral
characteristics, dietary and habitat requirements, and other pertinent
details. Only after which should you decide if you really are capable of
Several species of exotic snakes may be considered as pets but the most
common are garter snakes and pythons. For first-time owners, corn
snakes, king snakes, and ball pythons are, in fact, most suitable as
these are gentle and not very sensitive to food and the type of habitat
they are in. On the other hand, if you are a beginner, don't think about
acquiring Burmese pythons, red-tailed boas, tree boas or pythons, water
snakes, anacondas, reticulated pythons and other wild snakes as they can
really be dangerous especially when not handled properly. A rash
approach affects their temperament negatively.
The appropriate diet and living area vary with different species.
Generally, though, in creating an artificial environment for them, take
note of security as they tend to get out of any enclosure. Check for
gaps and the strength of the habitat itself. Otherwise, you shall be
putting others in danger as well as incurring liabilities. Also, check
if there is enough space for them to move around. The size of the space
must correspond well to the size of your pet.
As all snakes are carnivorous, mice and rats are the best food for them.
It is better to give them pre-killed ones so as to protect them from
possible injuries caused by their prey when alive. This especially
happens when the prey is given to them while they are not yet hungry and
unwilling to attack. On your part, it would likewise be more convenient
to have these killed rodents in a freezer than keep another habitat just
Animal care, no matter what you choose as your pet, has indeed never been
easy. For pet snakes, your responsibility doesn't end when you have
chosen the species. It is actually just the beginning of a long-term