Snakes can be very entertaining pets for someone who is looking for a pet that requires very little maintenance, a small area to live in, and can live quite happily in a solitary environment. Moreover, there are so many species of snake that you can choose as a pet that you will definitely find a snake that appeals to you on multiple levels. Some snakes have become rare species and may not be widely available to be kept as pets, however, if you do start to raise an endangered species, you are helping the planet revive one of the unique gifts that nature has given us. More than as a hobby, raising snakes can be a very good business if you are into selling the skin that they shed naturally, harvesting venom for medical purposes, furthering their line through breeding ethically, and also using them for research. Caring for snakes is very easy and there are just a few fundamental things that you need to take care of and the snakes can handle the rest.
Depending on the type of snake you have, they might like to spend their time in trees, they might enjoy being underground and they might even like to have access to water for a quick swim. Even though snakes don’t need too much room for movement since they are quite happy just spending a sedentary life, it’s a good idea to have some sticks or bars that the snakes can climb onto. Also, in terms of terrain, it would be a nice idea to have different levels and an underground or covered area as well that they can crawl into.
Snakes are full-on carnivores and love a juicy, meaty meal to sink their jaws into. The specific type of diet, amount of food, and feeding time will depend on your species of snake, however, there are some overarching rules to snake diets that should be considered. You’ve probably never seen a snake drinking water, but they do drink water, very scarcely though. Ideally, meals can be timed and you can feed the snake according to a schedule but you should leave water in their tank all the time.
You can find snakes in nearly every geographical zone of the world, from hot deserts to icy-cold regions. Most snakes are quite resilient to temperature but you want to make sure your snake’s enclosure and the environment around are relatively warm so that the snake doesn’t go into brumation. The snake aficionados over at www.mysnakepet.com have a ton of information on how you can create the best environment for your pet snake. You can also find the materials and tools you will need as well as the information you need to make your pet at home. Snakes can take pretty good care of themselves and don’t require much intervention, you’ll just have to clean out the dead skin in the container every few months when it’s skin shedding time.
Snakes aren’t really the kind of pets who enjoy hugs and cuddles, and it’s not the safest activity to be doing with your snake, especially if it’s a venomous type. That doesn’t mean you can’t handle your snake, you should just take some caution in handling them and know about the basics of snake nature so you can evaluate how the snake is feeling when you handle it.
When you first get your snake, give them some time to adjust to their new home and familiarize themselves with you and the area. As a rule of thumb, experts say that you should let your snake have at least 4 meals in their new home before you handle them so that they are not stressed or surprised. Initially, you may notice a musky smell when you handle your snake, this is not a problem, and it’s a natural reaction of the snake and shows that he is stressing out. Over time, when they get familiar with you handling them the smell will stop and they won’t feel threatened or stressed when you pick them up.
Each species of snake is different; it behaves differently, has a different temperament, and different requirements in terms of housing and food. Snakes of different ages will also behave differently, younger snakes are more fidgety and child-like whereas older snakes are more composed, calmer, less reactive, but also more aggressive when threatened. Snakes are powerful creatures that should always be treated with incredible care. These are not tame animals, even if they are born in an incubator or in a human environment. Be ready to keep your snake for quite a while because they can live a very long time.