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Learning How to Look After a Pet Snake

A snake needs proper care, just like any other pet. But since they are not like the common household animals we already know a lot about how to care for, in this case you need to make the effort to learn how to look after a pet snake before you buy one.

Snakes do need all the usual pet care supplies of a safe and comfortable shelter, food and water.

Here is a bit of an introduction to some of the specific needs that snakes have to stay healthy and secure.

What do snakes eat?

When snakes live in the wild they hunt and feed small rodents and reptiles. So, you might think that you have to feed your snake live rodents like mice.

But in fact, your snake can be injured by its meal trying to defend itself from being eaten, so good pet owners instead feed their snakes prey that has been humanely killed and then frozen for your convenience.

That means you just get your supply of pre-killed meals and store them in the freezer, then just thaw it out before you feed your snake.

How often should I feed my snake?

Like many adolescent species, young snakes tend to eat more than adults because they are growing so fast.

So you need to feed them a bit more often than when they become adults, for instance young snakes get fed once every 5 days until they are 9-12 months old.

After that they should be fed every 6 days.

Once they are 3 years and older you only need to feed it once every 10 to 14 days.

So once your snake is an adult, you have much less work and less demand on your food budget, as it is only around once a fortnight you

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