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Caring for a Baby Snake

Are you considering raising a baby snake? There are some advantages to raising your pet from the start. People often find it easier to bond with pets that they have raised themselves. A captive-born snake will also be more docile than a wild one. Plus, they are usually healthier, as they haven’t been exposed to the hazards, diseases, and parasites that wild animals face. However, baby snakes are quite fragile. You’ll need to do lots of research to learn how to help your little buddy thrive. A vet offers a few tips on this below.

Temperature

Keeping your reptilian pal warm is very important. Exact temperature parameters may vary a little from snake to snake. However, most tropical snakes need a temperature range that is between 75 and 90°F. Snakes that can live in cooler climates need a range of 75 to 85°F. Keep the heat source outside the cage, so your scaled buddy doesn’t get burned. We don’t recommend heating rocks, as they could scald your pet.

Tank

Make sure that you have everything ready before you bring your snake home! When your snake is all grown up, he will need a fairly large habitat. For now, keep him in something smaller. Otherwise, it could be hard for him to locate his dinner. Glass aquariums with screen tops are fine. You can also get tanks made of plastic or fiberglass. Just make sure that it offers proper ventilation. For substrate, you can use newspaper, gravel and sand, or pine or aspen shavings. If you use sand, monitor your tiny reptile carefully, and make sure he doesn’t get any stuck in his mouth. If he does, switch to another substrate. Your little buddy will also require a suitable hide box and fresh water. Don’t forget to add some decorations, such as branches, bark, logs, or rocks!

Eating

Getting your new reptilian buddy to eat may be your biggest challenge. This isn’t unusual. Do not try to force feed your snake, unless your vet specifically advises you to. This should only happen as a last resort. There are a few other things you can try. Just be warned: these options aren’t for the squeamish. Ask your veterinarian for more information.

Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns about raising a baby snake. We are always here to help!

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