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World Snake Day

July 16th is World Snake Day! Although not everyone is enamored by snakes, these pretty reptiles can make wonderful pets! Read on as a Sugar Land, TX vet discusses snakes.

Benefits of Snakes

There are actually some great benefits to having a snake for a pet. They don’t make much noise, so you won’t have to worry about the neighbors complaining. Your scaled buddy also won’t scratch up your carpet or furniture, and doesn’t need any training. Snakes are also easy on people with allergies. Since they don’t eat every day, snakes are fairly low-maintenance: your daily tasks will consist of offering your pet fresh water and spot-cleaning the cage. Last but not least, they are quite fascinating to watch!

Things To Consider Before Adopting A Snake

Are you considering adopting a snake? Getting a new pet is a lifetime commitment, so be sure to do plenty of research first. One thing that is important to keep in mind is the fact that snakes eat prey animals, such as frozen mice. If you have a weak stomach, this may not be the right pet for you! Snakes also aren’t very cuddly, so if you want an animal companion that is happy to see you, you may want to opt for something else.

Choosing Your Pet

If you’ve never had a snake before, get one that is docile and easy to care for, such as a milk snake, rosy boa, ball python, or a California king snake. We strongly recommend buying your snake from a reputable breeder. Otherwise, you may inadvertently end up purchasing an animal that was born wild. This is bad for both the snake and the environment! Plus, wild-caught snakes are not as tame as captive-born ones, and often hate living in captivity.

Sickness

Keep a close eye out for signs of illness. Some common ones are lethargy; lack of appetite; lesions, lumps, or sores; discharge from the eyes, nose, or mouth; shedding issues; discolored gums; and unusual postures or movements. Call your vet immediately if you see any of these symptoms.

Habitat

Making sure your pet is comfortable in his habitat is very important! Different breeds of snakes have different environmental needs, so ask your vet for specific recommendations. Be sure to keep your scaled buddy’s home clean!

Do you have questions about snake care? Contact us, your Sugar Land, TX pet hospital, today!

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