If you’re looking for an unusual, eye catching pet, it is tough to go wrong with a snake. Here are some simple suggestions that can help ensure the health of the snake and prevent a good deal of aggravation too.
- First, observe how big your snake can become. Do not let a pet shop employee talk you into purchasing a Burmese python, because these creatures can grow to be more than thirty feet long, and will require massive cages and enormous amounts of food. (And before you ask… No, most zoos won’t accept these as gifts.)
- Do not scrimp on cage size. A crate that is too small can be quite stressful and damaging to your pet. Pet shop clerks will occasionally try to sell you caging that is insufficient in size, and therefore don’t fall into this snare. Snakes can grow quite fast, so don’t forget to take that into consideration also!
- Do find out how docile that specific specimen is. Many non-venomous North American snakes are quite docile, but if you are a first-time keeper, then you should probably ensure that your prospective pet could be dealt with easily.
- Be certain you pick a pet with a hearty appetite. Ball pythons, by way of instance, make great petsbut they’re notoriously finicky eaters. Corn snakes make great starter pets since they’re exceedingly docile and are not picky about what they consume.
- Snakes–really, any reptile–could possibly spread salmonella. The risk involved is quite small, but one should play safe. This is particularly true when young kids or people with compromised immune systems are involved.
Evidently, these hints only constitute some simple advice. I recommend that all prospective owners must read up on snake care generally, in addition to the particular needs of the species which they intend to buy. Just a small amount of basic research can prevent a good deal of aggravation later on.