If you’re looking for an unusual, eye-catching pet, it is hard to go wrong with a snake. Here are some simple tips that can help ensure the health of the snake and prevent a good deal of aggravation as well.
- First, observe how big your snake can grow to be. Don’t let a pet store employee talk you into buying a Burmese python, since these critters can grow to be more than thirty feet long, and will require huge cages and tremendous amounts of food. (And before you ask… No, most zoos will not accept these as donations.)
- Don’t scrimp on cage size. A cage that is too small can be very stressful and unhealthy to your pet. Pet shop clerks will sometimes try to sell you caging that is inadequate in size, so don’t fall into this trap. Snakes can grow quite fast, so don’t forget to take that into account also!
- Do find out how docile that particular specimen is. Most non-venomous North American snakes are fairly docile, but if you’re a first-time keeper, you should probably make sure that your prospective pet could be dealt with easily.
- Make sure you select a pet with a hearty appetite. Ball pythons, for example, 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–indeed, any reptile–could potentially spread salmonella. The risk involved is quite small, but one should still play safe. This is particularly true when young children or people with compromised immune systems are involved. Do read up on reptile hygiene and salmonella before purchasing your pet.
Evidently, these hints only constitute some basic advice. I recommend that all prospective owners must read up on snake care in general, in addition to the specific needs of the species that they intend to buy. Just a small amount of basic research can prevent a great deal of aggravation later on.