Home snakes: species. Care and maintenance
Everyone wants to have a pet at home. But, no matter how strange it may sound, not everyone can afford the contents of a dog or a cat. For the most part, it is because of the allergy to wool and saliva, but there are other reasons.
Less and less often people try to startparrots, hamsters or fish. Life expectancy at them is not too high, and, not having time to finally become attached to the pet, it is already necessary to say goodbye forever to him.
Exotic at home
Recently, the tendency to keep inhome conditions of exotic or even wild animals: snakes, ferrets, tarantula spiders or tarantulas. Many people do this unconsciously, giving in to an impulse, the desire to stand out or just show off their extravagance. In fact, starting such animals in the apartment is a serious and very responsible step. These "little animals" are not created for domestic conditions, and future owners will not only have to create an atmosphere that is comfortable for the life of the pet, but also encounter a number of surprises that will necessarily arise in the course of keeping the animal. After all, starting at home exotic predators, insects or reptiles has become fashionable recently, and therefore not all the habits of life in captivity have been studied and warned.
Snake in the house
And yet the most popular exotic homeanimals can rightfully be called a snake. Those who decide to have such a pet should study the eating habits and behavior of snakes, the conditions of their life, consult with specialists-serpentologists about the nature of the nature and content of each species and very carefully weigh the pros and cons before taking this important step. Domestic snakes live more than 10 years, so you need to be completely confident that the reptile will be given due care to the end of her days.
For home maintenance, experts recommendto establish non-poisonous reptiles of fairly small size. Perhaps, someone will seem like a brave act to get a venomous snake at home to make a real sensation among friends. But it's forbidden to do this. Without good reason, not one kennel will provide personal use for a snake as a pet, especially a person who has not previously had business with snakes, does not know how to care, and does not know how to handle them. "Beginners" are recommended to start "safe" animals of small size - up to 150 cm in length. Such house snakes quickly become tame, born and growing up in captivity.
Snakes at home still remainpredators. So, they will not have to be fed with vegetables and fruits, but with meat and more often fresh or live. This is one of the main reasons why people give up the idea of making a snake. Not everyone is ready to feed the pet of the carcass of rodents, even if they are killed, that could also be someone's pet.
The most unpretentious view
Specialties of the nervous are perfect fit garter snakes, or garden lurks.They can be fed not with mice, but with fish, worms andinsects, most importantly, to accustom to this still a cub. They are unpretentious. Usually snakes require an additional heating system in the winter, but this species can do without artificial heat. It is difficult to recognize garter snakes on the color of scales, because there are a lot of color variants, only a specialist-serpentologist can do it. The length of representatives of this variety can vary from 50 to 150 cm.
Beautiful and dangerous snakes
For those who are attracted by dangerous snakes, there is a wonderful alternative - the royal snake.It is not easy to tame, but domesticate itit is still possible, if you raise a serpent in captivity. Its bright predatory color, it reminds a poisonous coral snake, forbidden for keeping the house. On the main red tone there are black and white wide strips. Strips of coral snake instead of white have yellow gaps. To feed the royal snake follows rodents: mice and rats. Carcases can be either frozen or fresh. Its length can be up to 100 cm.
Another twin of a poisonous coral snake is a milk snake.However, like the royal one, it is not poisonous at all. Differences are present in the colors: the coloring of the dairy snake is darker, more maroon than the red, the strips are located less often. It feeds on such a snake with small amphibians and reptiles, as well as rodents. Food prefers to swallow live, so at home it is better to feed it with tweezers. The length of a snake varies from 50 to 150 cm.
The most popular species
Climbing skid - another type of snake, withwhich experts recommend starting the domestication of reptiles. In total, there are more than 11 species, but for life at home, the best way is to use a maize rake, or a corn snake, and a patterned skid. Polozov is also called rat snakes, since their main food ration is made up of rodents. This is the most popular species of snakes for home keeping. Polozov is easy to tame and just take care of them. The colors of such reptiles are very diverse.Due to genetic abnormalities, there isThe ability to cross species and bring out snakes of incredible colors. Mutations can also provoke these snakes albinism, which looks amazing, although it negatively affects the health of the reptile. The natural color of the maize strip is bright red, the scales of the patterned stance have a greenish and white hue. All other colors are the results of crosses. Skeletons feed on small animals, birds, amphibians, eggs are swallowed whole. Among the patterned canes, cannibalism occurs. The average length of such snakes is approximately 120 cm.
Councils wishing to have a snake
- The snake terrarium must be equippedspecial cover, a hiding place in which the snake can hide, as well as tunnels for movement. It must have additional light and a heating system. The temperature should not be too high or too low, so as not to cause burns or hypothermia. This information should be clarified by breeders when purchasing a snake. Some species rely on a vertical terrarium, others - horizontal.
- Domestic snakes, like any other animals, need regular veterinary examination. The doctor checks the eyes, teeth, scales, breathing and palpitation.
- To get a snake is better not in a pet store, but in breeders. They also have to clarify the individual characteristics of care for the reptile.
- Despite the fact that domestic snakes are not poisonous, they are dangerous with their strong and muscular body, which can easily strangle a person.
- Feeding a snake is better than frozen carcasses, and notlive rodents, which are carriers of diseases. By the way, snakes themselves can be carriers of salmonella, so you need to wash your hands after each contact with the pet.
- For such pets as domestic snakes, the price varies from 3000 to 30,000 rubles.