Snakes are no. 8 in the top 10 most popular pets according to internet sources. Whether true or not, it IS true that snakes are kept as pets by many people, I bet you know someone who has or has had them!
Corn snakes, garter snakes, king snakes, milk snakes, ball pythons, and gopher snakes are some of the most popular snakes kept as pets.
Do your research before you buy! If you are considering such a pet, there are several facts about snakes to keep in mind before choosing one.
~ They are known to live for at least 15 - 20 years.
~ A snake demands a lot of attention and is also quite an investment. Be ready to take care of the expenses.
~ Choose a captive bred snake from a breeder not a wild one as they do NOT adapt well as pets.
~ Ask your breeder to demonstrate feeding the snake once - you may have to feed rats and mice and must get over your squeamishness!
~ His home must be large enough to accommodate 2/3rd of its adult body height and be escape proof!
~ The snake should not be too fat or too thin. It should not be shedding when you take it home. Ensure that it flicks its tongue at regular intervals.
~ Snakes have temperaments just like other pets. Observe him before buying!
Once you have decided a snake is the pet for you, you will be giving him the same amount of care as any other pet.
~ It is preferable to feed your pet snake pre-killed prey. Giving him a live rodent may result in a wrestling match that can cause injuries to your pet. Also consider your convenience and the expense of breeding live animals as feed for your pet.
~ Snakes are incapable of regulating body temperature. He will need a warm spot and cooler spot in his enclosure.
~ Make sure you have a vet in mind before bringing your pet home as it is a good idea to get him checked for parasites.
~ Always keep clean water in the enclosure and ensure that it's at room temperature. Your snake will need water for drinking and soaking itself.
~ Do not constantly handle your pet snake. Some species have been reported to get stressed.
~ Do not keep more than one snake in one enclosure. Snakes are cannibalistic and solitary reptiles.
~ Do not keep a snake as a pet in a house that has children who are under the age of 5.
~ Develop a routine for your snake whether this concerns the time you spend with it, or the cleaning of its enclosure.