There’s owning a pet snake, and then there’s owning a venomous snake. There is a huge difference between the two. If you’re thinking about welcoming one of these magnificent reptiles into your life, here’s everything you need to know about keeping a venomous snake.
Venomous snakes you can keep
You aren’t allowed to keep every breed of venomous snake as a pet, and where you live in the world will dictate which ones you can and can’t keep. However, rattlesnakes, cobras, adders, and vipers have all been kept as pets over the years. Each type of venomous snake comes with its own list of individual care requirements.
Getting your permit
Keeping a venomous snake isn’t as easy as heading to the pet store and buying a new animal. There is a lot of paperwork that goes with your pet to make sure that everyone is kept safe – including the snake. Permits often require lengthy forms that explain where you will be keeping your snake as well as some background history about you and your life. Most places have a list of snakes that can and can’t be kept as pets. Others require people to pay an annual fee.
Creating their enclosure
Most venomous snakes need everything that a non-venomous snake needs. This includes a vivarium or tank, somewhere to hide, a fresh water supply, and a source of heat. These snakes might also need something to climb, such as logs or decorative driftwood and natural plants. Remember, many permits also state that venomous snakes have a lock on their enclosure to make sure they don’t accidentally escape.
Added extras you need
There are also some added extras that you need before purchasing your venomous snake. Many permits insist that owners have a bottle of antivenom in the home in case anything happens. You will also need a snake hook for when you move your new pet. Many professionals and venomous snake owners also suggest a thick pair of long gloves to prevent your snake from being able to bite your hands as well as safety goggles in case they spit their venom.
Handling venomous snakes
If there is one thing that most professionals want owners to know when it comes to handling their venomous snake, it’s don’t. These snakes are often a lot more unpredictable than non-venomous snakes and can strike without warning. Of course, it’s also vital to keep snakes happy. Handling them or handling them incorrectly can be stressful and dangerous. If you do need to move your snake, then it’s advised to use a snake hook and never rely on your bare hands.
Keeping a venomous snake is very different from keeping a nonvenomous breed. There are a lot more risks that are involved, and they can often cost a lot more to maintain and care for in the long run. While they might look beautiful and intrigue many of us, it’s usually best that venomous snakes are left to professionals or owners with plenty of years of experience.