When you first begin learning how to care for a pet snake you learn that there is a lot to learn, but you quickly realize that most of it only makes common sense when it comes to properly caring for your pet health and wellbeing.
The basic things to be aware of are what exactly does a snake eat, how much and how often, and what kind of snake cage and environmental conditions does this require. And making sure that you are supplying clean and hygienic living conditions suited to the needs of your pet to keep it happy and healthy in your care.
In here I list ten of the basic pet snake wellness tips that you need to understand:
When picking a snake, get one that is well fleshed with clear eyes, no cuts, no mites or ticks, and is alert. The snake should appear curious and grip you firmly but softly once you handle it.
You ought to be there when the snakes are fed so that you can observe them and be sure that the snakes you’re picking from are all eating well.
Captive bred snakes are more suited to pets than buying a crazy born snake. Snakes born in the wild are normally very worried from the capture process and the transportation to the pet supplier. Wild snakes are also likely to have a large parasite load.
If your snake is six feet long, then the cage should be at least four feet long.
You may always create the enclosure longer than the snake but your snake will be comfortable in a smaller cage then the length of your snake.
Remember to upgrade the enclosure because your snake grows as it needs to increase in size in relation to the snake body length.
Keep the Snake Enclosure Humid
Snakes are sensitive to temperature and humidity variables, and you should always ensure their enclosure is kept at the right temperature. Check a reliable snake pet book to learn what the optimal conditions are for your breed of snake.
Keep the Feeding Your Snake Simple Safe and Hygienic
When you buy your snake you want to first make certain to select a pet snake that will happily eat thawed rodents (which you purchase frozen from the pet store) and are not overly fussy in their feeding requirements.
Feeding your snake live rodents, even small mice, can hurt your snake – and it’s NOT entertainment for an audience of friends and family, so don’t do it.
The dead creature for feeding shouldn’t be wider than the snake’s own head. Snakes do not eat very often and you may stock the pre-killed and frozen mice in your freezer.
Learn how Much and how Often to Feed Your Snake
Get expert guidance on the amount and kind of food is best for your pet snake and the frequency of feeding.
Snakes may eat almost anything that is fed to them and they will often regurgitate the meal after a day or 2 if they have been overfed.
Make Certain Your Snake Cage is Safe
The snake cage, terrarium, enclosure should always be well planned and ventilated, but also thoroughly fastened to prevent the snake escaping
Breeds such as corn snakes can be excellent escape artists and you can lose your pet snake very fast if you are not careful.
They will even push at the enclosure lid with their noses to search for any flaws in the cage or doorways.
Maintain a Constant Supply of Fresh Water.
Snakes defecate in water and soak themselves especially before shedding.
You need to make certain that you check the water frequently and replace it with clean water as soon as there are signs of contamination in it.
Purchase a heavy dish or container so that it won’t be tipped over when the snake slides around in it.
It is good to place several water dishes in the snake cage that also help establish the correct humidity for the snake.
Create Hiding Places for Your Snake To Feel Secure.
Hiding places should be placed in both the hot and cool ends of the enclosure.
Pieces of bark with hollow areas or curved shape to generate a ‘cave’ are good to use for snake hiding spots if positioned on a substrate that allows the snakes burrow beneath them.
You can get a big variety of snake caves and wooden structures for snakes to hide from pet shops and online at Animal control Port St Lucie.
Insert some smooth tree branches too for the snake to climb and coil onto. You may get these online as well.
Provide a range of temperatures at the cage
Your snake has to be able to locate many different locations for both heat and cool as it may need during different times of the day.
Since it can’t travel around a backyard to find its perfect temperature for any given time, like a stone to sleep on top of for warm sunlight, or underneath it for coolness, you will need to make sure you offer some range of temperatures inside the enclosure for it to pick from.
1 end of the enclosure needs to be cooler and the warmth ideally should slowly warm up more towards the other end of the cage.
You can find a full-spectrum incandescent light to sit over the enclosure that can offer some heat as well as function as a sunny basking spot.
Use appropriate bedding to the snake cage
Newspaper is good to use as a substrate. It’s very cheap and is replaced easily as soon as it becomes soiled. Astroturf is also a fantastic alternative that you can buy online.
Astroturf can be washed, dried and reused several times before it wears out.
Snakes will live long and healthful lifestyles as long as you learn how to care for a pet snake and provide them their basic needs and prevent over-feeding them.