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However, you can expect females to grow larger than males. Because of their more relaxed disposition and relative ease of care compared to some other reptiles, they are considered good pets for first-time snake owners.
These reptiles are part of the largest family of snakes, known as colubrids. As with most of the snakes in this group, African house snakes are bright in color, with a slenderer build than other constrictors. In their native environments that include the outskirts of sub-Saharan African villages, house snakes play an important role in keeping mice and other pests away from human homes.
We at XYZReptiles take pride in breeding and raising healthy, beautiful animals. All our baby snakes are fed weekly as is standard. These reptiles are fed both live and frozen/thawed mice, their food being alternated weekly. We carry several varieties of this reptile, including the brown African house snakes, black African house snakes, and albino African house snakes.
Our African house snakes for sale arrive at your doorstep as babies. That way, you can see them thrive and grow under your care. Naturally, we always make sure that your snake will be in the best health possible and will take every measure possible to ensure its safety during shipping. Remember, your snake will grow as it ages. You should transfer it into a larger enclosure once it outgrows its old one.
When you first bring your snake home, it might come across as scared and jumpy. It may not be in the mood for eating or showing its face too often, instead preferring to hide. This is a normal reaction. African house snakes are burrowing, relatively shy animals, and would generally prefer to avoid conflict. To allow it space to de-stress, be sure to provide it with plenty of hides. You may even want to provide it with a specific hide to curl up in when you’re cleaning the tank or taking it to the vet, if necessary, over the years. When properly taken care of, you can expect your pet snake to live anywhere from 15-20 years.
You should give it at least around a week of time to adjust with minimal handling or disturbance. When given the time to adjust, your snake will become more confident and well-adjusted in no time. To get your snake more used to your presence, try sitting by its tank. This will help it become more accustomed to your scent. When it’s ready, slowly interact with your snake 4-5 times a week. Once your pet is well socialized, you are ready to enjoy the company of a docile, wonderful animal.
If you’re looking for easy to care for, low key pets, African house snakes fit the bill. In addition to their manageable size, our house snakes require less regular care than other pets. Because of this, they may be kept in relatively inexpensive containers. This includes glass aquariums and modified plastic containers. Whichever enclosure you decide to house it in, be sure to make sure that your lid is always securely tight.
Another element of snake care that you won’t have to worry about the cost of as much is food. You will only need to feed them three times a month as an adult. This will primarily consist of medium sized frozen or live mice. If your snake is feeling picky, allow the food to defrost in warm water or use a hair dryer to warm it up. This will allow it to mimic the natural body heat of live prey items more closely.
Aside from regular tank cleanings, they will need little interaction. However, you can expect most of the costs of snake ownership to be in purchasing the animal itself and setup. You can expect to purchase an African house snake from $100-$250, depending on its color or type of morph. The setup should cost around $100-$150 all in. Overall, these reptiles should not have any care requirements or expenses that exceed other similarly sized snakes.
While feeding will be the primary recurring cost you’ll have to worry about, there still are a few others that you should consider. This includes substrate, the cost of running UVA/UVB bulbs, and medical care. If you suspect that your snake may have more advanced medical needs than most, it may be prudent to seek out pet insurance to help mitigate costs. To get an idea on what you can expect to consistently see throughout your pet’s life, we would advise drafting a budget.
When looking at an African house snake for sale, it is important to know exactly what you’re getting. Whatever product description you order from should be exactly what you get. We carry several varieties of this reptile, including the brown African house snake, black African house snake, and albino African house snake. Is your preferred color not in stock? We recommend keeping up with our article section of our site for up to date reptile news and information regarding our African house snake breeders and hatchlings. You’ll be sure to find your dream snake soon enough.