Predators Exotic Pets Facts

Exotic Pet Facts - Bay Chinese Water Dragon at Predators Exotic Pets.

There are a lot of misconceptions out there when it comes to owning and caring for Exotic Pets.  We hope to dispell those misconceptions.

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Snakes as Exotic Pets - Exotic Pets Facts

Q, Do pet snakes bite

ANSWER:  The simple answer is yes they can, but so can most pets weather it's a dog or a hamster! Depending on the snake the bite can be extremely mild, most commonly kept snakes such as Corn snakes, Royal Pythons and even Boa constrictors have very small teeth and would probably hurt less than a rodent bite. Some species of snake are more likely to be temperamental such as Blood Pythons so providing you choose a species that suites you and you handle it regularly with confidence you should be fine.

Q, Will my pet snake grow to its surroundings?

ANSWER:  No. As a general rule you need a vivarium half the length of your snake as a minimum. Snakes do not need, or indeed like, an overly large space, given too large an environment they may feel vulnerable and become defensive. If buying a young snake it will probably be necessary to start off with a smaller vivarium and move it into a larger one once it has grown. When you choose a species make sure you are aware of its final size, this might also depend on sex.

Q, Are pet snakes poisonous?

ANSWER:  Some are but most on the reptile market are not. Most of those that are venomous will be covered by a Dangerous Wild Animal licence (DWA). There are a few exceptions such as Hog Noses and False Water Cobras, these tend to be rear fanged so even if they bite they are unable to inject venom unless they chew on you! These are best left to experienced keepers in our opinion.

Q, Can I keep pet snakes together?

ANSWER:  Depending on Species you can, there are exceptions such as King snakes as they are cannibalistic. It is however important to keep similar sized snakes together to reduce the risk of one getting eaten. If you want to keep snakes together we suggest you contact a reputable retailer and discuss your plans in detail.

Q, Can I get salmonella from my pet snake?

ANSWER:  all reptiles can carry salmonella in there gut, but bear in mind you can also get toxoplasmosis from cat faeces. Good hygiene is essential, as with all pets. We suggest you wash your hands and apply an alcohol based gel after handling your snake as a matter of course. This should mitigate any small risk of infection.

Q, Can snakes crush you to death?

ANSWER:  Most snakes rely on constriction to kill there pray, as a general rule any snake under 10 feet is no threat to an adult and many species, such as Corn snakes, are no danger to children either. Even if you do keep larger snakes simple common sense should avoid most problems. If your snake is over 10 12 feet always handle it with another adult and never fall asleep with it while it is free to roam.

Q, What habitat do I need for my pet snake?

ANSWER:  As with all reptiles snakes are cold blooded meaning they are unable to control their body temperature internally. They rely on external heat to warm them up, if they get too cold they will be unable to digest there food and may even die. You must use a suitable, front opening vivarium, please bear I mind fish tanks are for fish and not for snakes!

We suggest a wooden glass fronted vivarium for anything other than a baby snake as they insulate a lot better than glass. You will also need a heat mat, a basking bulb (reflector or tight beam) a hide, water bowl and suitable bedding. We always have a fully set up vivarium in shop for you to either buy or replicate.