Some people like a challenge when presented with the opportunity. However, part of being a responsible pet owner is making sure you are prepared to care for another life instead of finding out it is too much and need to give it up.
Pet owning doesn’t come without its challenges. And this is no exception when it comes to owning snakes. They are not simple animals where you just leave them in a tank and admire them from the glass. Snakes are very particular in the type of environment they live in and the food they consume to be able to survive.
Snakes pose many challenges to owners like: being aggressive, escaping easily, require food that is difficult to provide, or quickly grow far larger and need more space than what is currently available.
This post describes the reasons why some of the most challenging snakes are… challenging.
For starters, any type of venomous snake can be extremely challenging to own.
Do not be fooled by the snake charmers you saw on the Internet. We have no idea how these guys do it, but we would not recommend attempting anything they do.
However, avoiding their deadly bite is not the only challenge that goes into owning one a venomous snake.
For obvious reasons, owning these snakes put you and others at risk. Venomous snakes are heavily regulated, expensive, and can even require a permit to own one. There are even laws on acquiring and transporting these.
Regulations will vary from state to state, so before you decide to own a venomous snake, you should check with your local and state laws first.
Make sure you can keep them in a lockable escape-proof enclosure.
These snakes may not be venomous but can still be very dangerous snakes.
This includes species like the boa constrictors, Burmese python, Rock Python, Reticulated python, and anaconda. Unlike your rainbow boas and ball pythons, these snakes are capable of growing large enough to harm people, making them very dangerous.
Similar to its venomous friends, these can also carry some laws and regulations on owning these snakes.
Typically not kept as household pets, the challenge with these is their ability to grow extremely large, making it difficult to house and feed them appropriately. These snakes typically feed on small to medium-sized mammals, making it a costly challenge that goes into owning a larger constrictor.
Challenges are everywhere when you own an animal.
Especially when it hasn’t been domesticated like a dog or cat. Much education and training are needed to be able to care for an animal living in captivity. You will want to provide them the environment needed to thrive just as if it were in the wild.
There are definitely a lot of species of snakes out there that are easier to care for and can make fun pets. Be smart, be safe, and have fun!
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