Snakes are related to the lizards and have lost their extremities during the course of evolution. Snakes are found in all parts of the world except Antarctica, but some countries and islands lack wild snakes, eg. Iceland, Ireland and New Zealand.
Many snake species
Is so rare that they can neither be imported nor owned by private individuals. The same applies to venomous snakes that naturally best fit in nature or in zoological parks. Common to all snakes is that they lack moving eyelids. And that they have an elastic skin that can be stretched out when the snake swallows large prey. On the other hand, the living conditions of the snakes differ from species to species.
Before deciding to obtain snake, it is important to understand what it means to have a snake. As with all types of reptiles, it requires both knowledge and equipment to properly manage a snake. One must also be aware that there are many different types of snakes. And these require different care in the form of environment, temperature, lighting, humidity, handling etc..
Snakes are, like all other reptiles, heat-exchanging and therefore the ambient temperature in the terrarium is of the utmost importance. There must also be a temperature gradient for the snake’s metabolism to work.
They are by far the most common snakes
Those held in captivity among private individuals are boa, python and corn worms. These are three species that differ markedly in terms of the need for care and nursing. Boa Constrictor is a group consisting of 39 species that all feed live cubs.
Poisons of all kinds should not be kept as pets! Special legislation prevails for the keeping of these animals and they will not be dealt with in the following text.
Some boaorms are suitable as pets
Considering that they can become tame, that is, they find themselves being handled by humans. But just as for all other animals, the temperament differs from individual to individual. Some may be more easily irritated than others and then there is a risk that the bits. A boa that is kept in captivity can be up to 2.5 meters long. While their wild cousins can grow another meter. The boar is best enjoyed in a dry but warm terrarium.
Usually held in terrariums but of course there are other solutions that can work. It is extremely important that the terrarium / cage / tank is safely escaped. Snakes are experts in breaking out and sneaking. The advantage of a tank of glass is that you see the reptile well. And that it is easier to keep the right climate in there. The disadvantage is that the ventilation is getting worse. Cages of other types can provide better ventilation, but the risk of escaping and injury is greater.
Is naturally found mainly in Africa, Australia and Asia. Most of the python species climb while there are some that mainly live on the ground. Unlike the boa worms, the pythons do not give birth to live cubs but lay eggs. The most common python in captivity is King Python. It is a relatively calm and easy to handle snake that rarely bits. With a length of about 1.5 meters, however, it belongs to the smallest parts of its family.
The terrarium can be furnished with thick branches, shelves, plants (plastic usually work well). And at least one hiding place must be present. It can be a cave, a ceramic pot or something similar. Tree-living species must of course have solid branches to stay on.
Cornworm Pantherophis guttatus
The corn worm is found in many different colors, or “morpher”. Some are natural variations, while other colors and patterns have been enhanced by selective breeding. The size of an adult corn worm can vary. From just under one meter up to 1.8 meters in single cases.
The corn standard is a good beginner’s standard. The name comes from a misconception when one believed that the snakes ate the corn in the barns. Actually, they were looking for rodents who ate the corn. The natural distribution of corn is North America. It is a day-active snake and it moves most at dusk and dawn. They are primarily terrestrial, but can climb a little. It is a non-toxic snake that hugs its prey to death and in nature. It eats a variety of prey animals, including small birds, rodents, amphibians and fish.
One of the biggest snakes is tiger python
That can measure up to six meters as fully grown. Tiger pyton comes from India and Southeast Asia and thrives best in environments that allow climbing and swimming. Like king python, tiger python is a relatively modest snake that easily becomes tame. The terrestrial net python becomes as long as a tiger python. But is much more difficult to tame and hence to care for. Even worse is green tree python and amethyst python. That are very aggressive and not at all suitable for the beginner.
Creating the right humidity in the terrarium
Can be a challenge. If it is too dry, the snake may have chronic fluid shortages. But tenderness problems, kidney problems and other diseases as risk factors. If it is too moist, it may become moldy and bacterial in the terrarium. With the risk of blister disease and other infectious diseases. A good solution to this problem may be to have a damp box. Where the snake can be used to moisten and a water bowl large enough for the snake to bathe in.
Be sure to check the temperatures
Regularly with a thermometer. Both too low and too high temperatures stress the snake and can cause disease.