How to Keep Your Snake Healthy
An Ounce of Prevention
The secret to successful snake pet parenting isn't very complicated. Snakes should be provided with a clean, stress-free environment. Meeting the basic needs of a snake including appropriate temperatures, humidity levels and security will go a long way towards preventing common health problems.
Signs of a Healthy Snake
- Consistent behavior
- Clear, alert eyes (except during shedding)
- Good body condition
- Regular shedding during growth
- Eating and drinking with regular frequency
- Well-formed stool 2-3 days after feeding
Things to Watch For
- Runny stool or red streaks in the stool
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Eating or drinking less; weight loss
- Discharge from the nose or mouth
- Difficulty shedding; discolored skin or patches of skin or eye caps remaining after shed
If you are ever unsure about why your snake is experiencing a particular issue or behaving a certain way or you notice any of the signs above, visit a reptile veterinarian.
- Growing snakes shed more frequently.
- If your snake sheds in pieces and not in one long, continuous piece, check your humidity levels and adjust if necessary.
- If you notice skin covering your snake's eyes and the tip of his tail during the shedding process, you should consult your veterinarian.