Not sure if you’ve heard, but having a pet snake is not only awesome, it’s quite an experience – for you and those around you. If you’ve read the blogs and owner articles, you’ll know there’s more to taking care of a snake than just feeding it mice and hanging it from around your neck. From the reptile cage/aquarium to its surrounding temperature to everything it eats, you must pay careful attention to its daily needs – starting with reptile supplies.
Your snake’s home, for instance, must be a cage or large aquarium where it feels comfortable. That means it must be able to move about freely, with enough room to slither and curl as it pleases. The cage lid must be secure enough so that it cannot escape and the floor should be lined with torn newspaper. Never line your cage floor with anything that expels ammonia or doesn’t dry quickly. Do research on the kind of snake you’ll be getting so that you’ll know if it needs to burrow. If that’s the case, you’ll need to line the cage with potting soil or sand. Some reptile supplies stores even sell reptile carpets which are perfect for some snakes. reticulated python
Snakes are cold-blooded so the temperature of the cage must be properly maintained. The best thing to do is to do some Internet or in-store research on the type of climate from which your snake is used to (or typically lives in) to make sure you maintain the proper temperature. Most snakes live in areas with temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees centigrade (77 to 86 Fahrenheit) so buy a thermometer from a reptile supplies store to make sure your snake’s environment reflects that temperature.
When it comes to sunlight, or any kind of light, we can’t stress the importance of research. Some snakes are sensitive to light and might become ill or upset if exposed to it when they’re not supposed to be. You must also remember that snakes enjoy their privacy. Always make certain that the snake’s water dish has water in it to it can provide moisture. Dryness or dehydration can cause serious health problems for snakes.
As far as snake food: you can feed your snake eggs, mice and rats (dead mice and rats). Reptile supplies stores actually sell frozen mice in their stores for easy feeding. Once a week feeding should be enough to keep your snake happy and health. And don’t forget any snake supplements that the store might think would help your snake live the happy and healthy life it deserves.