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    How to Look After Snakes

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Caring for snakes is not to be taken lightly. Researching thoroughly on particular species will help you to decide what kind of snake will suit you most. When you have determined which snake is for you, you should know how best to keep it. For a guide on looking after snakes, see the following information.



    Research

    Caring for snakes will be made much simpler if you take the time to conduct as much research on your chosen species. You should find out about its temperament, how poisonous it is and what kind of care it will require. You will also need to know what heat and humidity levels are required, along with what sort of enclosure will be necessary. Another important aspect of looking after snakes is knowing how best to handle the pet.
     

    Home

    Caring for snakes properly means giving them a suitable home. His size and his aggression levels should be the main factors of how big a house to buy. Once purchased, you will need to set an infrared basking lamp up inside. Shelves and branches to climb on will also be necessary.

    By using at least two different thermometers in the snake’s habitat, you will ensure that the heating is at the absolute right temperature. This is very important. You will need to find out how warm your species needs to be and set it accordingly.
     

    Clean

    Looking after snakes means you will have to clean out the snake’s enclosure regularly. When doing so, be sure not to clean the equipment in your kitchen near food preparation areas. This risks salmonella contamination. Always disinfect the cleaning surfaces with bleach afterwards.
     

    Health

    Caring for snakes also entails checking that the snake has no injuries or illnesses regularly. Making sure that your snake is seen to by a specialist vet on a regular basis is very important. The snake should be checked for mites and ticks. Symptoms that may indicate illness to look out for include:
     

    • Appetite loss
    • Weight loss
    • Unusual stool
    • Lethargy
    • A tipped head
    • Playing in water too much

    Snake Food

    When caring for snakes properly, you must only give the snake food that is suitable for his species. It is often a good idea to store your snake food in bulk. This is particularly good for pre-killed food such as mice. Water should be kept fresh in a shallow container. If the snake bathes in this water, make sure you sanitise the tub.
     

    Routine

    By creating and maintaining a routine for the pet snake he will feel safe and more comfortable. Feeding and cleaning should be done at the same set of times. If you do not keep to this routine you could cause your snake to become stressed. This may mean he will refuse to eat.
     

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