So you’re about to get a pet snake. In this article, I will describe some of the positive traits of snake ownership and also a few things that you should also prepare for.
Benefits of a pet snake
Snakes are great beginner pets; they require very little work compared to other pets like cats or dogs, or even hamsters and ferrets. Snakes only eat once a week, which is very easy to get around and afford. Many people like to feed their pet snake, they find it fascinating to see the unique way a snake swallows its meal. You certainly won’t get this with your traditional dog or cat.
Also because they only eat once a week, cleaning up after a snake is a fairly simple task. In general, you just want to clean up all the trash that the snake has from its weekly meal, then maybe once a month empty the cage, the shavings and everything, and give it a good cleaning. To go with that, because snakes don’t expel a lot of waste, there is also little or no odor associated with them.
Many snakes also like to be handled. They will wrap around the owner’s wrist or simply lie on their shoulders, depending on the size of the course. There are many times I write articles, and I have a snake wrapped around my wrist like a wristwatch.
Snakes also don’t require a lot of room to enjoy them. You can get away with just having a 10-20 gallon aquarium when you have a baby snake. Depending on the type of snake you have, you will decide the size of a habitat you should get as they get older. That said, even if they require a larger habitat with age, they will not take more space than a shelf. .
And finally, if you live in an apartment that doesn’t allow cats or dogs, many will allow small animals (hamsters, ferrets, birds) and you can probably get them to keep a snake. Snakes are generally kept in their enclosure and there is no noise or associated odor that could annoy your neighbors. In addition, there is not really any material damage that a snake can cause, like a cat or a dog, which is why many owners allow it.
Although there are so many positive traits to owning a snake, there are a few things that you need to make sure that you agree with before getting a pet snake.
You must be OK to feed your snake rodents. There are very few alternatives (vegetarian food for snakes), but many snakes have evolved to the point where they need their prey, their bones, their organs and everything. These vegetarian meatballs simply don’t have the nutrients a growing snake needs; they are also considerably more expensive than a mouse.
You should also be prepared to handle your snake regularly, in order to maintain a good relationship. Snakes should be removed and handled regularly to bond with their owner. If they are left too much in their cage, they will become isolated and will be afraid of you. They can start attacking you when you catch them. Make sure to socialize regularly with your snake and it will love to be handled.
After reading all the positive aspects of snake ownership and acknowledging the very rare challenges that come with it, you should be excited about getting your new pet. Snakes are a lot of fun and once you get one, you will get hooked and want more. They are a great beginner pet, also great for kids, to enjoy for years and years.
by Brian Digioia