Things To Think About When Buying A Snake

What you don’t want to do when buying a snake, is walk into a pet store and look in the snake section find a pretty snake and go ‘I want that one’. There are so many things to think about when buying a snake and I hope I can show you that. The most popular and most recommended snake for beginners is probably a corn snake. They are easier than a lot of snakes to care for. because they are quite resilient and what I mean by that is, if you get something wrong they are not likely to die. Now that is not permission to go and not read anything about your corn snake and not give it enough food or water, but corn snakes do make good first time snakes.

Make sure you actually like snakes. Have you handled one before? Can you cope with feeding it mice or rats.

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Can you afford it?

Snakes are quite expensive.You have to buy a snake; a vivarium, UV light, heat light, heat pad, hides etc. You have to make sure you can afford it and also on top of all of that there are vet’s bills, so you have to make sure if anything comes up you can pay for it.

How long does it live

Snakes can live for a very long time, but some longer than others. Corn snakes, for instance, can live up to 15-20 years. So lets say you want to get a baby corn snake and you are 10, if that snake lives a full life it might be with you when you are 30, so it is a big commitment.

What will you do when you go on holiday

If you go on a holiday for a weekend and make sure the snake has eaten recently and that the snake has plenty of water, then you are probably fine. If you are going on holiday for maybe a week or a month, you will have to find someone to look after your snake.