Snakes as pets
Buying a pet and looking after it is a huge responsibility. As a pet owner you must make sure that your pet has somewhere suitable to live that allows it to express natural behaviours like it would in the wild. Correct nutrition is also important as well as lots of loving care and attention. It is also important to notice when your pet is not feeling well and needs to be taken to the vet.
The most commonly kept pets are mammals such as dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters. Humans are mammals too, so we generally find it quite easy to relate to other mammals and to realise when they are unwell or in distress. If you stand on your dog’s paw he will yelp therefore showing signs of pain. If your dog is too cold you will notice that he is shivering and if he is too hot you will notice that he is panting. If he doesn’t eat his dinner you will realise that he is feeling unwell. This is not the case for snakes.
Reproduced with permission from Siuna Ann Reid: Reptiles are Cool, Understanding my Snake © 2013