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What You Need To Know About Pet Snakes

It’s not every day you hear about someone’s pet snake, but that doesn’t mean they’re not equally as loved and sought after as your typical cat or dog. Many people are passionate about their snakes because of their loving presence and rare beauty. If you’re interested in adding a snake to your family, it’s crucial to learn about how to care for it and recognize common health issues that may affect your pet.

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Educating yourself about how to care for your pet snake is an essential part of creating healthy living conditions for your snake to thrive in. Here are some fundamental care elements to be aware of:

  • The Terrarium: Usually a 20-gallon terrarium makes for ample snake space. These animals should be kept separately in an extra secure enclosure — they are known for being escape artists!
  • Bedding: Putting a layer of Aspen shavings in your pet’s dwelling will enable it to burrow and get comfortable.
  • Lighting and Heating: Climate control is the most important aspect when it comes to caring for your snake. They need a warm side of the tank complete with a heating lamp and UV lights.
  • Humidity: You can use a hydrometer to control the moisture levels of your snake’s habitat. If their home gets too dry, it makes moving around difficult.
  • Hiding Spots: Living in a glass house means limited privacy. You’ll want to put a small cave or shelter on the warm side of the tank, so your snake has somewhere to hide.



Health Issues For Snakes

Knowing what to look for when it comes to common health problems for snakes is an important first step of preventative health care measures. Below are a few diseases your snake may encounter:

  • Respiratory Diseases: When a snake suffers from a respiratory infection, it may start breathing with its mouth wide open. Acting fast by calling a vet is key to avoiding worsening conditions for your beloved pet.
  • Shedding Problems: If you notice your snake partially shedding its skin, it’s a sign that their nutritional balance is off or that there’s not enough humidity in the cage. Either way, soaking your pet in water might do the trick.
  • Eye Problems: Eye infections can be the result of improper handling where extra fluid builds up in and around the eyes of your pet. Luckily, antibiotics can take care of this common health issue.
  • Blister Disease: If you detect a reddening of the lower part of your snake’s body, it’s possible your pet has this disease. Fighting this infection early is important in ensuring your pet’s health improves quickly.


When To Call A Snake Vet

The moment you notice something is wrong with your pet, call your vet immediately. Waiting too long to contact your snake vet could have fatal consequences — it’s always better to err on the side of safety.

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We’re proud to offer health services for exotic animals and pets alike. Call us today with any questions at (941) 253-5218 or contact us online. For an in-person experience, visit our location in Bradenton, Florida.


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