Pet Snakes

This post is guest blogged by Matt over exoticreptiles.org. Matt offers a very affordable snake cage.

Owning a Snake is a fun and rewarding hobby. Due to the longevity of a snakes’ life it is also a long term hobby. Most snakes will live anywhere from 15 to 25 years and in that lifetime will grow anywhere from 4 to 25 feet depending on the variety.

The fear involved in owning a snake is a common misconception; they are not the slimy monsters they are made out to be. In fact, if handled and taken care of correctly, they can be safer then a dog or cat. (And they are not slimy at all.) I have personally been hospitalized by a cat in the one year I owned one and have owned snakes for 20 years and have never even had to call a doctor. The myth that snakes are man-eaters is completely false. In fact it is next to impossible for a snake to get its mouth around human’s shoulders regardless of the size of the snake. That being said, snakes do have mouths just like all animals and do have the ability to bite. They do have teeth (not fangs in the constrictors) and they are sharp. I have been bitten numerous times but have never had more than a couple of scratches. I might add most of the times I have been bit were my own fault. Not washing my hands after handling food, handling my snakes while shedding (they don’t like that) or not paying attention to the warning signs like hissing. Hissing would be the equivalent to a dog growling. When a dog growls you don’t pet it, when a snake hisses you don’t handle it. Now that I have debunked the myths here are some of the joys of owning a snake.

They are very low maintenance. A growing snake will only need to eat once every one to two weeks depending on how fast you want your snake to grow. The more you feed your snake the faster it grows. Average monthly cost of feeding a 1 to 2 year old snake 15 to 20 dollars! All you have to do is keep a fresh bowl of water in the cage at all times, cost to you, zip! Spot clean the cage periodically as needed, time wasted for you, two minutes! So basically for two minutes a week and for about 15 to 20 dollars a month you have a very cool, low maintenance pet. And it only gets easier. As your snake matures and the food gets a little bigger, they will only have to eat once a month as long as what you are feeding is large enough.

Have you ever walked a dog in the park? Did you get some attention? Now imagine walking down the trail with a beautifully colored, fat, 12 foot snake. People stop what they are doing and all the attention is on you…if you like that kind of thing. Snakes love to be outside and would really appreciate a walk in the hot sun every now and again.

Now imagine your kids have show and tell. Can you think of a better way to make your kids the talk of the school than by bringing your (or their) snake to the classroom? I have done this several times for my kids. Not only did the kids love it, a lot of times they even got extra credit for it.

And if you’re really feeling the snake bug, you can buy two. With a little bit of reading and studying, snakes are relatively easy to breed. Consider this; snakes are the largest growing pet population in the country today. If you breed a snake and are successful you can have a clutch of up to 60 at a time. Average price for a snake, 100 dollars! You could feasibly pocket $6000.00! This not the norm though, most snakes have an average of 15 to 30 babies at a time. Still not to shabby. Check out this website: Snakes For Sale

I hope I have done my job convincing you that snakes are fun and safe and you are ready to start enjoying your own. If so, or if you have any other questions, check out my website exoticreptiles.org . There are care sheets for specific snakes and other reptiles, there are cheap but functional cages for sale and if you are interested in buying a snake, I have access to just about anything you want. If you have any specific questions I would love to hear from you. Another great resource is Ball Pythons For Sale. This site will get you started in the right direction on owning the most popular snake in America.

Comments

  1. This guy has no idea what he is talking about. 60 snakes in one clutch? Ridiculous. The number varies upon the snake. Snakes in the family of Pythonidae, and colubrids lay a low of 3-4 eggs in a clutch, and a high of 10-12 eggs in a clutch. Pythons and boas require pretty high maintenance. Daily misting if they require humidity, feeding of the mice which would be 1-2 per week depending on size, mice are 1-2 dollars a mouse and you need to do a lot of studying before you get a snake. Not all snakes are sold for 100$ Only certain species and morphs. I bought a baby cornsnake at Repticon for 5$ and he is great. ( Repticon is a Reptile convention. goto ” Repticon.com) he eats 1 pinkie a week. i know this from experience.

    • Coming from a guy who only has the balls to own a corn of course you think a clutch is only 3 to 4. Grow a pair and breed a 16 foot Burm or a 20 foot Retic. Then tell me how many eggs you get. But if your money roll only allows you to spend 5 dollars.

      I used $100 as a average for the purposes of this article and did state that is not the norm. This article was meant to be fun and to get people excited about snakes and realize that they are not so bad and that they have a lot of positive attributes.

      I go to all the Repticon shows in the North and South Carolina so come see me. We can talk some more.

      • ken seidelman says:

        thanks for the article….a customer gave me his 5-6 foot rainbow boa this week , with decent enclosure. My 15 year old son and I hope to make a good home for this guy/gal…..gonna get somethin to keep the humidity up ….he came from a not so ideal basement and hope to make this a good learning experience for all….your article did as was intended…..we appreciate it..

  2. Pythonidae a high end of ten to twelve? That’s ridiculous. Like Matt said, why dont you try breeding retics or burms and then talk about ‘pythonidae’ just because you throw out a big word, doesnt mean people cant tell you dont know what you’re talking about. This was a nice article, it’s refreshing to read something other than sensationalist news stories talking about killer snakes destroying the environment, and eating babies. I think for what this article was, it was done well. I must say though that taking your twelve foot snake for a walk in the park is something that I would be cautious about doing. I have seen many more ‘gentle’ big snakes than ferocious ones, but as any snake owning American should know, it only takes one snake biting one kid and we can look forward to far too much negative publicity. Snakes can make wonderful pets, I have three adult boas, and Matt is far closer in his estimates than you are Erik.

  3. Skipper Scotty says:

    I have a 6 foot Columbian Red Tail Boa, female and beautiful. Her name is Betty Boop. I rescued her about a year ago from some kids who had no business owning a pet let alone a snake. When I went to pick her up from the kids they were storing her in the frigerator to calm her down so she would stop biting. She was biting because she was pissed off about of her living conditions. A 5 foot snake in a 2 gal aquarium with a soap box for a water bowl. I told’m I’d bite to if I had to live like that.
    Anywho, it’s been almost a year now since that terrible day and the time has come for us to part ways. I am retiring from the Army and I’m off to sail the seven seas or at least the South Pacific. lol She is as tamed as a kitten now and as I do wish I could keep her alas there is no room on my boat to keep her safe and secure. I DO NOT wish to turn a profit on her I just want her to have the very best of good homes. The adoption of Betty Boop would be free but if the new owner would need her accessories then I’m a fraid I would have to ask for $100 for everything she has: 1) 60 gal reptile tank for sleeping, 1) 40 gal reptile tank for feeding, 1) stand that holds both tanks, 3) climbing logs with free standing steel supporters, 2 gal water bowl/bath tub, 1) cave, 1) external heat pad, 1) heat lamp, 1) digital thermometer, 1) mist’r and 1) bag of bedding. I say 60 gal tank for sleeping because that is the only time she is in her tank. She romes the house otherwise. If anyone can help me to find her a good home please e-mail me or reply to this plea. Thank you.

  4. Skipper Scotty says:

    Great Article by the way. I’m a big fan of the giant snakes. They are so misunderstood.

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