When you first start out learning how to look after a pet snake you find out that there is a lot to learn, but you quickly realize that most of it just makes common sense when it comes to properly caring for your pet snake health and wellbeing.
The fundamental things to be aware of are what does a snake eat, how much and how often, and what kind of snake cage and environmental conditions does it require. And making sure that you are providing clean and hygienic living conditions suited to the needs of your pet snake to keep it healthy and happy in your care.
In here I list ten of the basic pet snake health tips that you need to know:
1. Select a Healthy Snake to Adopt
When choosing 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 gently when you handle it.
You should be there when the snakes are fed so that you can observe them and make sure that the snakes you are picking from are all eating well.
Captive bred snakes are more suited for pets than buying a wild born snake. Snakes born in the wild are normally very stressed from the capture process and the transportation to the pet supplier. Wild snakes are also likely to have a large parasite load.
2. Get the Right Size Cage for Your Breed of Snake
Your enclosure should normally be about two-thirds the size of its body length. If your snake is six feet long, then the cage should be at least four feet long.
You can always make 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 as your snake grows as it needs to increase in size in relation to the snake body length.
3. Keep the Snake Enclosure Humid
Snakes are sensitive to temperature and humidity factors, 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.
4. Keep the Feeding of Your Snake Simple Safe and Hygienic
When you buy your snake you need to first be sure to select a pet snake that will happily eat thawed rodents (that you buy 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 is NOT entertainment for an audience of your friends, so don't do it.
The dead animal for feeding should not be wider than the snake's own head. Snakes do not eat very often and you can stock the pre-killed and frozen mice in your freezer.
5. Learn how Much and how Often to Feed Your Snake
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