Ten Pet Snake Health Tips

When you first start out learning how to look after a pet snake you find out that there is a lot to learn, but you quickly realize that most of it just makes common sense when it comes to properly caring for your pet snake health and wellbeing.

The fundamental things to be aware of are what does a snake eat, how much and how often, and what kind of snake cage and environmental conditions does it require. And making sure that you are providing clean and hygienic living conditions suited to the needs of your pet snake to keep it healthy and happy in your care.

In here I list ten of the basic pet snake health tips that you need to know:

1. Select a Healthy Snake to Adopt

When choosing a snake, get one that is well fleshed with clear eyes, no cuts, no mites or ticks, and is alert. The snake should appear curious and grip you firmly but gently when you handle it.

You should be there when the snakes are fed so that you can observe them and make sure that the snakes you are picking from are all eating well.

Captive bred snakes are more suited for pets than buying a wild born snake. Snakes born in the wild are normally very stressed from the capture process and the transportation to the pet supplier. Wild snakes are also likely to have a large parasite load.

2. Get the Right Size Cage for Your Breed of Snake

Your enclosure should normally be about two-thirds the size of its body length. If your snake is six feet long, then the cage should be at least four feet long.

You can always make the enclosure longer than the snake but your snake will be comfortable in a smaller cage then the length of your snake.

Remember to upgrade the enclosure as your snake grows as it needs to increase in size in relation to the snake body length.

3. Keep the Snake Enclosure Humid

Snakes are sensitive to temperature and humidity factors, and you should always ensure their enclosure is kept at the right temperature. Check a reliable snake pet book to learn what the optimal conditions are for your breed of snake.

4. Keep the Feeding of Your Snake Simple Safe and Hygienic

When you buy your snake you need to first be sure to select a pet snake that will happily eat thawed rodents (that you buy frozen from the pet store) and are not overly fussy in their feeding requirements.

Feeding your snake live rodents, even small mice, can hurt your snake – and it is NOT entertainment for an audience of your friends, so don’t do it.

The dead animal for feeding should not be wider than the snake’s own head. Snakes do not eat very often and you can stock the pre-killed and frozen mice in your freezer.

5. Learn how Much and how Often to Feed Your Snake

Get expert advice on the amount and kind of food is optimal for your pet snake and the frequency of feeding.

Snakes may eat almost anything that’s fed to them and they will usually regurgitate the meal after a day or two if they have been overfed.

6. Make Sure Your Snake Cage is Secure

The snake cage, terrarium, enclosure etc should always be well planned and ventilated, but also thoroughly secured to prevent the snake escaping

Breeds such as corn snakes can be excellent escape artists and you can lose your pet snake very quickly if you are not careful.

They will even push at the enclosure lid with their noses to look for any weaknesses in the cage or doorways.

7. Keep a Constant Supply of Fresh Water.

Snakes defecate in water and also soak themselves especially before shedding.

You need to make sure to check the water regularly and replace it with clean water as soon as there are signs of pollution in it.

Buy a heavy dish or container so that it won’t be tipped over when the snake slides around in it.

It is good to place several water dishes in the snake cage which also help to establish the proper humidity for the snake.

8. Create Hiding Places for Your Snake To Feel Secure.

Hiding places should be placed in both the warm and cool ends of the enclosure.

Pieces of bark with hollow areas or curved shape to make a ‘cave’ are good to use for snake hiding spots if placed on a substrate that lets the snakes burrow underneath them.

You can get a big variety of snake caves and wooden structures for snakes to hide in from pet shops and online at Amazon. These are also usually easy to keep clean and hygienic as well.

Add some smooth tree branches as well for the snake to climb and coil onto. You can get these online as well.

9. Provide a range of temperatures in the cage

Your snake needs to be able to find a variety of locations for both heat and cool as it may need during the different times of the day.

Since it can’t travel around a garden to find its ideal temperature for any given time, like a rock to sleep on top of for warm sunlight, or underneath it for coolness, you need to make sure you offer some variety of temperatures inside the enclosure for it to select from.

One end of the enclosure should be cooler and the temperature ideally should gradually warm up more towards the other end of the cage.

You can get a full-spectrum incandescent light to sit above the enclosure that can provide some heat as well as serve as a sunny basking spot.

10. Use appropriate bedding for the snake cage

Newspaper is good to use as a substrate. It is very cheap and is replaced easily as soon as it becomes soiled. Astroturf is also a good alternative that you can buy online.

Astroturf can be cleaned, dried and reused several times before it wears out. Soak the soiled turf in one gallon of water that you add 2 tablespoons of bleach to, then wash well, rinse it in clean water and dry it well before you put it back in the cage.

Snakes will live long and healthy lives as long as you learn how to look after a pet snake and provide them their basic needs and avoid over-feeding them.

Tips for Choosing the Right Insurance Policy

The old saying “Health is Wealth” denotes having good health is a lot more important that having plenty of wealth. Good health can help you earn efficiently and ensure you enjoy a quality life. A person with a bad health on the other hand, spends most of his money on treatment and doctor visits. The popular Arabic proverb says, “He, who has health, has hope; and he, who has hope, has everything”.

Thus, it is our responsibility to stay protected. Despite all the precautions, it is not always possible to avoid accidents and illness and thus one need to be eventually prepared for such tragic incidents. In extreme cases, we are also forced to borrow money from outside to continue our treatment.

Safeguarding your health with insurance policy will ensure you are prepared for all sorts of eventualities. With thorough research and comparison you can identify the best product that suits your requirements. Research can be time consuming and confusing with so many available options in the market. There are a few vital pointers that you must keep in mind while looking for the best insurance covers and they are as follows:

• Basic Hospitalization Cover: In case your pocket does not allow you to buy a comprehensive health insurance cover, you can look for basic health care plan that pays for the expenses incurred from any sorts of illness or accident.

• Coverage and Premium: Expensive insurance policies need not be good always. You must review the Coverage of Critical Illness, Hospitalization Cash Benefit, OPD and other such benefits, if the premiums are identical. You must identify and assess the business needs you require.

• Family Floater Policy: It is better to buy a family floater health insurance policy instead of the individual policy. Every member can utilize the sum assured in a family floater policy. This can help you save premiums.

• Sum Assured: The sum assured can be determined based on the city you live and the size of your family. Health insurance costs in big cities are more than that of the small cities. Thus, you need to determine the sum accordingly.

• Separate Policy for Parents: Premium amount in family floater policy is calculated based on the age of the eldest member. Thus, you must keep a separate policy for parents and save on the premium.

• Day Care Procedures: You must take a look at the list of diseases covered under Day Care Procedures, before buying the insurance policies.

• Exclusions: Policy buyers must go through the policy document very carefully before signing it. You must ask for the details of the terms and conditions of the policy. The exclusion part is highly important and you need to enquire about the scenarios and diseases that are not covered under the policy.

• Top-Ups: If your employer offers you a health insurance policy and you are looking for a policy of higher sum insured, you need not buy a separate policy. You can simply top up your existing policy with the required benefits and sum assured. This is a good way to save on the premium.

Neglected Health Tips

There are many places to find a good health tip, whether it is on the internet or in a book. I am going to go over a few different tips that are important, but sometimes neglected. As I say in most of my health and fitness articles, the tips I give are not hard or boring. They will make getting healthy and fit an easy thing to do. You will be surprised.

Something that will help you out is adding some kind of fitness into your life. It does not have to be strenuous or tiring by any means. It can be as simple as taking a walk around your block. Adding this into your schedule helps out on so many levels. It gives you a chance to get outside and breathe some fresh air. It helps keep your body active, many different muscle will keep stimulated. Walking outside also gives you a chance to open up your chest and breathe deep. A lot of people that I talk too, that use walking in their daily routine, tell me it not only does wonders for their body, but also for their mind. They say that being outside alone gives them time to think and really clear their mind of stress. Give it a try; with this simple good health tip you will notice a great difference.

A pretty self-explanatory good health tip is to stop eating out. I’m not saying that every place that you eat out is unhealthy, but chances are that the majority of them are not good for your health. Usually ‘eat out’ places tend to use a lot of processed foods and contain tons of salts. If you do find yourself at a fast food place, try and eat one of their healthy alternatives. Now, even the most unhealthy food restaurants will have a couple of healthy choices on their menu.

Another tip comes with one simple and common word, water. Yes water; the majority of people, young and old, don’t get their daily water requirements. Again, a very simple good health tip that works wonders. Start drinking more water instead of the regular sugary drinks. Examples are coffee, soda, and juice. Of course it is unrealistic to cut these things out of your diet completely but instead try to exchange some of them for water. Somewhere around 8 cups of water a day is a healthy amount. Get in the routine of having water with you. If you have water with you, there is no need to go and buy a liter of soda from the corner store.

My last good health tip comes with little explanation. When you eat, please eat slowly. Most people eat like wild animals. Enjoy your food and let your body take it with ease, don’t force it all down and let your body have to suffer. You’ll notice when you eat slower that you won’t be eating as much. Eating slow will give your body a chance to tell you when it is full, instead of eating it all up quickly and your body not having a chance to tell you to stop. Eat slowly, your food will taste better!!