Many people enjoy having snakes as pets. They don't have an odor, they are quiet, and most are very docile. Their aquariums can also be made to look very attractive in your home. Snake care can require a lot of work, though, as snakes require warm temperatures, live food, and proper nutrients in order to thrive.
When purchasing a snake, look for one that is healthy. Run your hands along the snake's body to check for broken ribs, which is a sign that the snake was injured when it was caught. Look for eye secretions, as well as sores and scabs. These are signs that the snake is ill.
Snake care involves housing your snake in an aquarium that allows him room to grow and maneuver easily. A 60 gallon (227.1 L) aquarium can accommodate a full-grown king snake. Make sure the aquarium has a secure lid without holes. Snakes are escape artists that can fit through virtually any size opening.
Temperature maintenance is key to proper snake care. Throughout the day, your snake's aquarium should be between 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24.4 degrees Celsius)to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius). The night time temperature should be right around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1 degrees Celsius). Place a thermometer at each end of the aquarium to ensure the temperature is uniform throughout.
Place a bowl of water in the aquarium that is large enough to fit your snake when he is coiled. The water is necessary for proper snake care as it ensures he remains hydrated and his skin lubricated. Make sure to change the water every day, as snakes urinate and defecate in their water.
Make sure your snake has enough hiding places. Hiding places include large rocks, caves, logs, foliage and sand. You can purchase these from a pet supply store, take them out of your yard or recycle tissue boxes and toilet paper rolls. Proper snake care means keeping your pet as comfortable as he would be in his natural environment.
Most snakes prefer to eat live food, such as small mice and rats. You can purchase live food at the pet store. Make sure to ask for their feeder mice and rats, as some are only meant to be pets. Their are some snakes that will only eat frozen food, so make sure to research how to provide proper snake care for your individual species. You can learn this information by purchasing a book on your snake species.