Decorating Your Snake’s Home

Have you recently decided to get a pet snake? Our serpentine friends are beautiful animals that can be truly fascinating to watch. Caring for a snake is, of course, quite different from taking care of a dog or cat. Making sure that your snake’s habitat is comfortable and suitable is very important to your scaled pet’s health and well-being. In this article, your Santa Rosa veterinarian discusses decorating snake habitats.

Research

Different types of snakes have different environmental needs. Be sure to do your research so you know exactly what your pet needs before you go shopping. Some snakes require special lighting, while others may need specific humidity levels. Keeping your pet’s habitat at the right temperature is also crucial. When it comes to heating equipment, avoid using hot rocks or heating coils unless they are specifically recommended. Many snakes can inadvertently burn themselves on these items.

Substrate

There are many types of substrates available for use in snake habitats. Make sure you know what is recommended for your specific snake! Aspen bedding and newspaper work well for some snakes, such as corn snakes, boa constrictors, and carpet pythons. Snakes that need more humidity, such as the Royal Pythons need wetter substrates, such as Orchid bark.

Décor

There’s no reason you can’t make your scaled pet’s habitat an attractive part of your home décor. Plants, wood, and rocks can all be arranged to look nice as well as provide your snake with comfy furnishings. Fake plants are a bit safer than real plants, which can attract bugs and sometimes harbor bacteria. Many of our serpentine friends enjoy driftwood or climbing branches. Simple rocks are also helpful for some snakes, as they provide a good surface to rub against when it’s time to shed.

Disinfect

Always carefully wash and disinfect natural items before adding them to your scaled pet’s cage. You can heat branches or rocks in the oven for about 40 minutes at 300 degrees. Another option is to soak things in salt water for a couple of days, and then let them dry thoroughly. These steps will kill bacteria and organisms that could otherwise make your pet sick. Store-bought items should be fine after being washed with hot water and dried.

Do you have any questions about caring for your pet snake? Call us! As your Santa Rosa veterinary clinic, we are happy to assist!