If you are going to be taking care of a pet snake, the first thing that you need to know is that you are taking care of a pet just like any other. However, since they are not a common household pet that you may already have some idea how to care for, you have to do what you can to learn about taking care of one if you have plans of getting one as your pet. Snakes are different from other pets in the sense that they do not need the typical pet care supplies that other pets need like food, water and a safe and comfortable shelter. What follows are some of the commonly asked questions about taking care of pet snakes and their respective answers.
• What should I feed my snake?
For snakes that live in the wild, they are used to hunting and feeding on small reptiles and rodents. Now, most people assume that taking care of pet snakes requires one to feed them live rodents such as mice. However, you risk your pet from getting injured as their meal tries to defend themselves from being eaten. Thus, as a pet snake owner, you should feed your snakes prey that has been killed humanely and frozen. This implies that you just buy a supply of pre-killed meals, store them in your freezer, and thaw them out before you feed them to your pet snake.
• How many times should I feed my snake?
In the same way as most adolescent species, compared with adult snakes, young snakes tend to eat more because they are still growing. Thus, you have to feed them young snakes more often that when they grow in adult size. For example, a young snake should be fed at least once every 5 days until they reach the age of 9 to 12 months. Beyond this age, you can feed them every 6 days. By the time they reach the age of 3 years or older, you can just feed them once every 10 to 14 days. Therefore, only when your pet snake becomes an adult where you will be spending less on your food budget and be doing less work.
• How much should I feed my pet snake?
In terms of the amount of food you feed your snake, you have to consider its age and size. Generally, you should first calculate the size of your prey by checking the girth of your snake before feeding it. You should give it a prey that is 1 1/2 times bigger than the thickness of the body of your snake.
• Do snakes have special water requirements?
Make sure to prepare a clean supply of room temperature or tepid water inside your snake enclosure even if you think that your snake does not seem to drink it. Snakes are fond of soaking themselves leisurely or bathing in their respective water bowls. However, this is the same place where they defecate. Thus, as a pet snake owner, you have to be attentive in ensuring to replace the water of your snake each day. Make sure to get a solid heavy bowl for the water supply of your snake. In this way, they will not tip over once they climb in. Also, be sure to find a shallow bowl so that if they decide to soak in it, they will not risk themselves from getting trapped or even drowning.