Snake Feeding and Accommodations
Snake Care - Snake Feeding & Accomodation
One of the reasons snakes will not eat is the environment
you provide for them. If he is in fear of his quarters he will not eat. Your
snake needs a hiding place within his home where he can go when he wants
to feel secure. He will then come out for his food and water when he wants.
Bark or a pile of rocks works well but a cardboard hut will work also. The
easy to keep species of snakes eat rodents or goldfish. "Feeder" goldfish
are available on a regular basis at your local pet shop. If feeding mice
or rats it is a good idea that they not be live. If not eaten they can hurt
your snake and he will be unable to get away because he is caged. If you
use a live rodent you must remove it immediately if the snake is not hungry.
Snakes by nature will try to get out of difficult places
therefore an escape-proof cage is a necessity when keeping a snake. The cage
should have adequate ventilation but if using screen there should be very
little on the sides of the cage. The snake can rub his nose on the screen
and it can become infected. Glass aquariums are good for small snakes and
wooden cages with glass sides can be constructed for larger snakes. A water
bowl with a flat base should be in the cage so the snake can soak its body.
It should be large enough for him to get his whole body in, but make sure
it is flat enough to allow him to crawl out and not get stuck. It is very
important that the cage be kept dry. Snakes can get blisters on their body
from too much dampness. You also need to decide which type of substance you
will use on the bottom of your snake's cage. Sand or paper towels work well.
If you use sand it must be removed and washed or replaced every two or three
months. It can be washed with water and no soap. It cannot be placed back
in the cage wet but it can be put in the oven and baked until dry. It is
usually easy to keep the cage dry, as the snake does not produce liquid urine
but rather crystals that will appear an as chalky white substance.
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