Snakes

Snakes

Snakes are legless animal with a long and really flexible body which is covered by overlapping scales they are not slimy and possess no external ear opening. They are cold blooded animals i.e. they cannot produce their body heat like we do.

Snake

Photo by BLcarnut

Some snake species give birth to completely developed young and while others lay their eggs. When a young snake matures, it sheds its outer skins about three to five times a year. All snake species are can swim.

Most species have no left lung but have elongated right lungs. All snakes are carnivores (they eat other animals) and they themselves serve as a food source for other wildlife (hawks, owls, mink, skunks, and herons). They also play an important role in rodent populations. Snakes are divided into 2 categories:

  1. Non-venomous snakes – These are harmless snakes that have round pupils and a double row of scales along the undersides of it tails (water snakes, garter snakes, hog-nosed snakes…). Harmless snakes will bite when feeling frightened, but their bites aren’t lethal.
  2. Venomous snakes – They have a characteristic pair of well-developed fangs and a pit located between the eye and nostril on each side of the head (cottonmouth, rattlesnake, cobra…)

Snakes as Pets

Snakes are among the most amazing animals to keep as pets, and there is a very big variety of species to choose from. Though ferocious predators, most snakes can become docile and even friendly after enough handling and good care.

While some snake species can live long, happy lives in captivity and can be docile pets, others behave awful in captivity. Rattlesnakes, cobras and other venomous species are too dangerous to keep as pets. Snakes can be tasking for a regular pet owner to keep, as some of their necessary diets are hard to source, and sometimes grow really fast, and as a result could outgrow their designated enclosure in a short amount of time. So it is very important you don’t buy a snake not until you’re well acquainted with its needs.

 Snakes stripped from the wild don’t make good pets because they are not used to conditions in terrariums and might probably die.

The most popular pet snakes are:

1.Corn Snakes: These snakes are one of the most popular pet snakes because of their availability and beautiful color patterns. They grow quite small and don’t need a big terrarium and if you wish to breed them, they are easy to nurture and live for a long time.

2. California King snakes: These snakes are predators to rattlesnakes and some other snakes. They don’t grow too large, averaging 3 to 4 feet in length. They eat small rodents, lizards, birds, eggs, and other snakes, including the exotic venomous species. They are also super popular beginner snakes; however they can bite if not handled properly.

Rattle SnakePhoto by wplynn

3. Rosy Boa: These snakes don’t grow too large; they are about 4 feet in length when mature. The rosy boa is a long-lived snake, capable of living 25+ years or more. In captivity they feed mostly on rodents