The biggest obstacle for many owners is the diet needs of snakes. For most commonly kept snakes, owners must be willing to feed whole prey such as mice or rats (pre-killed is preferred). However, snakes have the advantage of often only needing to be fed once a week or less, therefore they can easily be left on their own for a few days without a pet sitter. Most of them also have no requirement for UVA/UVB lights.
There are lots of different types of snakes that require significantly differing care. Some snakes like Burmese Pythons and African Rock Pythons can grow in excess of 20 feet and are therefore impractical to keep as pets, yet others, like Children’s Pythons, only get 3 feet and are quite manageable.
Most snakes eat pre-killed rodents (live rodents can harm or kill your pet), but others, like Ribbon and Garter snakes eat fish. The fish eaters are easier to feed, but can be quite squirmy, and often defecate as a defense, making them much harder to hold than other species.
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