ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Pet Snakes

Updated on August 30, 2017

My corn snakes

I have two corn snakes as pets. I am not a great believer in keeping exotic pets which, in my opinion should be free, but these two little beauties were rescued as babies and have become part of the family. Beside, I don't think they'll be able to survive in the wild as they were born in captivity. I've had them 5 years and they're called, Billy and Charlie!!!

(photo: Charlie smelling the camera)

What's your view?

I personally think snakes should live in their own wild environment. Mine are rescued and that's the only reasons I have them. I let them roam free as much as I can, but since Charlie and Billy are born in captivity can't release them as they wouldn't be able to survive very long "out there". I hope they live a happy life with us.

Should snakes been kept as pets?

If you're thinking about getting pet snakes

I would recommend corn snakes. They don't grow very large and are quite resiliant. Although they only need feeding once a week they still need a lot of care. I tend to get mine out of the terrarium once a day and let them roam free, usually on my person. I think it's great for them to have a bit more space to stretch but never turn your back. I've lost Charlie 3 times and Billy twice. They are really sneaky and can hide very well. So it was, cats out, mice spread out on the floor and hours of waiting for a little head with the tongue hanging out to pop out of the floorboard...not a lot of fun....

Corn snakes are tame but I have got bitten a couple of times. I doesn't hurt as they have tiny teeth. My mistake....don't waive your hand with which you've just handled a mouse in front of their faces....they smell food and go for it......

Mine eat mice only. I buy them frozen at a local pet shop. But if you are squeamish about mice you can feed them chicks. If that's the case don't buy a baby snake cause chicks will be too big for them to swallow. Chicks are cheaper then mice but I can't really handle birds (yes, I'm squeamish about birds...) .

Baby snakes, or small snakes in general will eat baby mice. I hand feed mine. That means I take them out of the terrarium and feed them. If you put the food in the terrarium there's a good chance they will ingest some of the bedding and could become ill.

be prepared

Before you bring your new pet home you will need a terrarium, heat mat, water bowl, one or two wood branches, a little cave (they like their privacy), bedding and food. Make sure your new friend will have plenty of space to move about, buy a nice large vivarium.

When buying bedding make sure is for reptiles (dust extracted). I have two different kinds in my terrarium: half is wood chip bedding and the other half is shredded wood. I do this so my snakes get a different feel depending on what side they are.

Billy

...this one is Billy climbing on the back wall of the terrarium....Quite content, just been fed!!!

Corn snakes in captivity can live up to 25 years....big commitment....be prepared for it.....

Some tips

1: Handfeed your snakes. I do this for two reasons. Firstly they get used to the fact that food doesn't go into their habitat so when you put your hand inside to pick them up they know that's not their food and won't bite. The second reason is a bit of the wood bedding could be injested with the food and make your snakes sick.

2: Do not handle a snake with the same hand you've just touched their food with. Always use one hand to hold the snake and the other to hold the food.

3: Take your snakes out as much as possible as they become tamer with human contact. Never let them explore by themself but keep them on your body. They can be quite quick (especially very young ones) and can squeeze themself into very small crevices.

4: Snakes do not drink a lot but make sure fresh water is always available. Change the water every day or it will go stale and become dirty which could harm your snakes.

Do you have pet snakes? - Share your experience and stories....

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Howdie to Billy and Charlie, nice to meet them

    • merfzel profile image

      merfzel 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love snakes (and this lens).. thanks for visiting and liking my National Whiskey Sour Day lens :)

    • profile image

      TanoCalvenoa 

      5 years ago

      I've never owned a snake, although I've known people with pythons. I have a tortoise and a dog.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)