Bringing a pet snake into your family requires preparation. Additionally, you have to ensure that everyone will be comfortable with the new addition. Corn snakes are fascinating animals to look after, and quite easy to take care of once set up in the right environment. Now that you have decided to own a pet snake, there are a couple of things you need to get right from day-to-day care, feeding, exercising, and shelter.
There are many types of snakes, both small and gigantic, kept as pets. With more than 2,900 snake species found across the world, you would have different kinds of snakes readily available to choose from. However, we are only going to talk about keeping the most popular type- the corn snake.
Corn snakes come from the Americas and are typically found in the South-eastern United States. They are fascinating creatures for adults and children. They are easy to handle and relatively easy to tame. They can grow to 1.5m and often live for about 20 years, meaning it will be a long commitment for anyone thinking of keeping them. They do not need a companion and are happy to be kept on their own. Note that it is never advisable to try keeping different species together at any time.
Creating a Home for Your Corn Snake
Snakes are typically housed inside enclosed cage with glass doors known as the vivarium. The environment they are housed within the vivarium should be precisely controlled and monitored all the time. Corn snakes are typically not very active, and they do not need huge closures. Snakes should be allowed to move between warm and cooler spots to regulate their temperature in a thermo-regulation process.
Regular feeding of snakes is necessary to ensure that they are in best possible health. Corn snakes are carnivores and well-known opportunist feeders. While at the wild, they would usually hunt for birds, small mammals, and other reptiles. In captivity, corn snakes solely feed on rodents with mice being their best choice. Mice bought at frozen state should be fully defrosted at room temperature and between pieces of absorbent materials. Provide large water bowl of water as snakes drink water regularly.
As long as they are given the correct food, care, attention, and environment, snakes are generally problem free, low maintenance and easy to keep. Corn snakes are typically not aggressive and are not venomous. They rarely bite due to their relaxed and passive nature. They like moving all around to explore the surrounding. Care must be taken when waking them up as they might strike due to fear. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling snakes.
Exotic pet species like snakes and other reptiles in captivity have the same needs as they would in the wild, meaning that their environmental, dietary and behavioral needs can be challenging. Snake types range from those that are great for beginners to those that need an experienced keeper, based on their varied instinctive aggression. There are those that always bite; some occasionally bite and others seldom or never bite.