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Snakes

Snakes are often considered some of the most interesting and exotic pets that one can own. They can make great cold-blooded companions for first time reptile owners. With regular handling, most species can become quite tame and make good pets. But they are not for everyone. Snakes will need to be fed killed, prefrozen prey (often rats, mice, chicks or even rabbits).  They are also great escape artists, so their enclosure must be secure. Do your research before purchasing a snake to make sure their temperament and eventual size is appropriate for your needs.  

 

Snake husbandry is critical to their well being.  Snakes come from many regions of the world and as such, their temperature and humidity requirements vary widely.  They must be provided with appropriate bedding, an appropriate temperature gradient, and a hide box to thrive.

 

Common signs of illness include:

  • change in behavior including inactivity or aggression

  • weakness

  • weight loss

  • nasal discharge

  • crusty nostrils

  • difficulty breathing

  • retained eye caps

  • failure to shed properly

  • change or redness in skin color

  • failure to grow properly

  • not eating or decrease in appetite

  • swelling or odor from the mouth

  • regurgitation or vomiting

  • constipation or loose stools

  • cloacal prolapses  

 

If any of these signs develop please make an appointment to have them evaluated.

 

Common diseases in pet snakes include:

  • internal parasites

  • external parasites

  • mouth rot (stomatitis)

  • respiratory infections

  • pneumonia

  • retained shed or eye caps

  • viral diseases (such as IBD)

  • bacterial and fungal skin infections

  • septicemia

  • cloacal prolapse

  • bite wounds from live prey

 

Follow these links for for information on various snake diseases:

 

INCLUSION BODY DISEASE (IBD)

 

CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS IN LIZARDS AND SNAKES

 

RETAINED SPECTACLES

 

CLOACAL PROLAPSE IN REPTILES

 

COCCIDIA PARASITES IN REPTILES

 

Enjoy the care sheets provided by Reptile Magazine in the species that interests you:

 

BALL PYTHON CARE SHEET

 

COLOMBIAN BOA CARE SHEET

 

GOPHER SNAKE CARE SHEET

 

RAINBOW BOA CARE SHEET

 

ROSY BOA CARE SHEET

 

CORN SNAKE CARE SHEET

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