Snakes are becoming increasingly popular as pets. In captivity, this animal is known to be easy to tame and maintain. However, some species require more care than others. The amount of space it requires is also a factor to consider. If you are about to buy your first snake, there are a few species that will be more interesting for you to handle as a beginner. In this article, we will give you all our tips and tricks for choosing your snake.
Are snakes good pets ?
It all depends on what you are looking for in a pet. If it’s about having company, then the daily presence of the snake can quickly become a distraction for you. However, you should know that this animal is far from providing you with the affection that you can find in other pets. Indeed, the snake does not show any particular attachment to its owner. However, your future snake remains an animal that is easy to tame and to educate.
In addition, the snake has many advantages. First, it does not require a lot of maintenance. Indeed, it does not have to be fed daily and does not have to be taken out. Secondly, this reptile does not cause any allergy for the Human Being. You don’t have to worry about this. It also has no body odor and makes no noise, which makes its presence pleasant in a house.
Adopting a snake, a thoughtful choice
The purchase of a snake should not be done on a whim. In fact, you must keep in mind that the life span of this reptile can go up to 40 years. It is therefore a real commitment.
Before embarking on this adventure, you should also ask yourself certain questions to determine the species that will suit you best:
- Which snake physic do you prefer ? A big one, a small one, of which color, with which shape of head…
- How do you want the snake to behave ? Do you want it to be rather curious, rather lively ? A bit aggressive or rather calm ?
You need to choose a species whose lifestyle suits you. Some are diurnal, others nocturnal …
Each species has different physical and behavioral characteristics. Do not hesitate to contact a specialized veterinarian to ask all your questions.
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How much is a Pet Snake ?
Adopting a snake for several decades represents a certain cost that should not be neglected. It is not only the purchase price, but also and especially the cost of maintenance throughout its life.
Buying a snake can cost a few dozen dollars as well as several thousand. It all depends on the species you wish to adopt. To this, you must add the essential equipment such as a terrarium, a lamp and accessories. Of course, you must also take into account the food, even if the snake does not eat every day (for example, a python can be satisfied with a rat every 2 weeks). So it is not the most important cost.
Best Pet Snakes
There are some species that are easy to tame and handle to start with:
Small Pet Snakes
- Corn Snake: This diurnal snake is located in the southern United States. It has an average lifespan of 20 years and does not exceed 6ft (1.80m) in length as an adult. This snake is ideal for beginners because its calm temperament allows for easy and safe handling. During the digestion phase, it should be left alone for about 3 days.
- Kingsnake: This snake is found in the southern United States and has a very calm temperament, which makes it easy to handle. Like the Milk Snake, it feeds exclusively on other snakes in the wild, but it also accepts frozen rodents in captivity. This reptile does not represent any danger to you. The only thing it requires is sufficient heat in its terrarium for its well-being (between 80°F and 90°F during the day and 75°F at night). Its life expectancy is 15 years.
- Milk Snake: this diurnal animal tends to be handled easily. In its natural environment (Mexico), its diet consists of other snakes. If you want to adopt one at home, its food can be composed of other mammals. In captivity, its diet can be adapted with other mammals. Its average lifespan is estimated at 12 years.
Big Pet Snakes
- Boa Constrictor: this snake is very popular among owners, just like the Royal Python. Its size can reach 13ft (4m). This large and easy to handle reptile has a life expectancy of 20 years. It needs a fairly high humidity (up to 80% during its moult). Its meal consists of rodents (mice, rats, gerbils …). One of its advantages is that you can find it in several colors.
- Ball Python: this nocturnal snake has a life expectancy of 20 years. Like all the above species, this snake is not dangerous. Its diet consists of frozen rodents (mice and rats). A young Ball python will be satisfied with one meal per week while an adult will need food every 10 days. As an adult, the Ball Python needs a larger amount of food (a large rat).
Where to Buy a Pet Snake ?
There are many places to buy a Pet Snake:
Pet Stores: If you decide to buy a snake from a pet store, be aware that there are a few drawbacks you should be aware of. Indeed, snakes in pet stores are not always treated well. It is not uncommon to see several snakes locked up in the same cage, or to see young snakes evolve too early in a terrarium. They are also more likely to have health problems because of this bad detention. Finally, pet shops charge more for animals, due to the cost of the business.
Professional breeders: Professional breeders are a good solution because most of them are animal lovers. The well-being and health of the snakes they breed is often better than in a pet shop because they keep them in adapted environments. However, we advise you to always go to the breeder’s home to observe your future snake. Finally, the prices can be high because of the quality of the reptiles sold.
Individuals: it is not because the person is not a specialist that he cannot sell a snake. Nevertheless, beware of the many people with bad intentions. Never buy on your word and always go see your future snake before making your decision. It is better to avoid unpleasant surprises! Prices vary greatly depending on the seller.
Shelters: some snakes are taken to shelters by owners who can no longer take care of them. In addition to the prices which are cheaper than elsewhere, buying a snake in a shelter allows to give it a second life.
Adopting a healthy snake
It is difficult to know if your future snake is healthy or not. However, there are some signs that can alert you:
- If the snake does not move much (especially if it is a Python, a reptile with dynamic behavior)
- If it has its mouth open every time it breathes
- If it has red spots or unusual colors on the ventral part.
The snake is one of the new pets that is very appreciated for its docile and manipulable behavior. We obviously advise you to choose the snake that best suits you, especially if it is your first experience with this reptile. You will have to choose the species, but also the character that you like the most and the size that suits you. The most important thing is to think carefully before making your decision because once you buy one, you will have to commit yourself for 15 to 20 years depending on the species you choose.
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