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

Tank

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

Temperature

As with any snake, keeping your pet warm will be very important. While exact temperature parameters may vary a little from snake to snake, most types of tropical snakes require a specific temperature range that is between 75 and 90°F. Snakes that can survive in cooler climates need a range of 75 to 85°F. Keep the heat source outside the cage, so your little pet doesn’t get burned. Avoid heating rocks, as they could scald your pet.

Food

Getting your new reptilian buddy to eat might be your biggest challenge. This isn’t unusual. Never try to force feed your snake, unless your vet specifically advises it. This should be a last resort. There are a few other things you can try, but be warned: these options are not for the squeamish. Ask your vet for specific advice.

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