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What Do Boas For Sale Eat?

August 28th, 2018 by

If you’re looking for snakes for sale as pets, you’re most likely doing as much research as you can. After all, you need to know what sort of pets snakes make to ensure you make the right choice. There are many snakes for sale that actually make great pets because they’re easy to care for and are unlike traditional pets. All they need are proper enclosures for their size, the right food and a few necessities to place in their enclosure.

The most common question when it comes to snakes for sale is what to feed them. Snakes normally eat rats or mice. Since pet snakes are carnivores, rats and mice are a balanced meal for them. However, there are some species that might also eat things like young rabbits, gerbils, chickens and guinea pigs. Some vets also recommend that some snakes are given frogs, insects, earthworms, eggs and other reptiles, too but not necessarily for the snakes commonly sold as pets.

Do Boa Constrictors For Sale Need Live Food?

If you’re particularly interested in boa constrictors for sale, you might wonder if they need live food. Feeding boa constrictors live rats and mice might be a bit hard to handle for some. If that’s the case, you should feed your boa pre-killed prey. If you feed your boa live prey, your snake might not eat it right away. When this happens, the prey can bite or gnaw at the snake as a way to protect itself. Look for boa constrictors for sale that are proven feeders and are eating frozen-thawed rats or mice instead. You can buy both live prey and frozen-thawed at many online reptile stores as well as at local pet shops depending on your preference. Remember when shopping different boas for sale you will need to also take the species into consideration when it comes to food items.

How Much Food Should You Give Boas For Sale?

Now if you have decided you want to feed your boa frozen prey, it’s time to address how much you should feed it. The amount of food boas need will depend on their age, size and species. When feeding boas, make sure that the prey isn’t bigger than half the diameter of the boa to help with digestion. You can ask your vet or a pet store employee the exact amount of food for the types of  boas for sale you are shopping for will need. You should feed boas whole prey. Since a boa’s jaw isn’t fused together, you don’t have to cut the food into smaller pieces. This allows boa constrictors to swallow their prey whole.

Do Pet Snakes For Sale Need Water?

Pet snakes for sale do need water in their enclosures. They drink water, but not very often. A large, shallow bowl of water will suffice. Pet snakes for sale might even soak it in and maybe relieve themselves in the bowl as well. Plus as a bonus the evaporation from the water will add humidity to the enclosure.

Are Exotic Snakes For Sale Easy To Care For?

June 6th, 2018 by

Exotic snakes for sale are relatively easy to care for. Many people expect an “exotic” pet to be delicate, sensitive to a particular diet, or in need of a special environment. Even though certain snakes for sale can be a little tougher to maintain, there are plenty that are handled easily by reptile lovers of all experience levels.

Exotic snakes for sale have been on the rise. With their popularity growing, access to different types of snakes have increased as well. This makes it easier to not only find a snake that you like, but also to find one that will fit with your lifestyle.

Why Ball Pythons Should Be Your Next Choice

Ball pythons have garnered a reputation for being extremely docile and calm. Their small size, weekly feedings, and ease of handling are just a few reasons why ball pythons should be your next choice. They’re especially perfect for beginners and people who need convincing that not all snakes are deadly predators. Captive-bred pythons make great pets with their easy-going nature but knowing a few tips can help you and your exotic pet snake adapt better.

Regardless of how well-behaved a snake is, it’s important to know when to handle it. Keep in mind that snakes are not like dogs or cats. They don’t like to always  be held. Also, it is a good idea to get your ball python to eat at least once before attempting any extensive handling. You don’t want to handle it right after it’s eaten either. Wait about two days to keep your ball python comfortable. In regards to how often it should be fed, stick to once a week to keep stress levels to a minimum.

If you’re getting a ball python, understand that their lifespan requires a long-term commitment. It’s completely possible for them to live for decades. This is something you need to prepare for. Although ball pythons are known for being low maintenance, they still require an attentive level of care. Look out for a ball python that lays straight or keeps it’s head up. It also shouldn’t spend too much time soaking, wheezing or a bloody stool can also mean problems.

Pay attention to your ball python and keep it comfortable for a long, healthy life.

Discover Different Ball Python Morphs For Sale

You can find a variety of ball python morphs for sale here at xyzReptiles. After enough research where you feel prepared enough to take care of a ball python, choose from our selection of ball python morphs and discover this great reptile pet.

Getting tough on common snake mites (Ophionyssus natricis)

December 16th, 2015 by

Nothing is more disheartening to a reptile keeper than finding that peculiar looking round dot moving around on his or her favorite pet snake. The immediate response is to say ugh and squash the tiny little bastard. Unfortunately this rarely solves the problem because where there is one tiny snake mite there are sure to be many more snake mites hiding in the nooks and crannies of almost any cage or enclosure. Here are some methods that have worked for me over the years.

Keeping snakes on paper

The first thing most people do when confronted with snake mites is to get rid of all bedding and wash the enclosure clean of all debris where a mite can find shelter. The best solution is to keep animals in a glass enclosure or on a PVC plastic rack and have the bare minimum in the cage. This prevents the snake mites from hiding in any of the rough surfaces that would be found in a wooden enclosure or wood based beddings. Common snake mites feed on snakes but need to lay their eggs somewhere and the less opportunity they have for this the better your chances of eradicating them.

Washing your snake with soapy water

The next step is to kill the mites that or on your snakes body. They can usually be seen hiding in the space between the snake’s eyes and scales as well as the deep folds under a snake’s mouth. Trying to dig mites out one by one is a long and pointless process and will result in irritating the snake and spreading the mites elsewhere. Bathing the snake in a lukewarm solution of water and dishwashing soap or olive oil is the easiest way to coat and suffocate these tiny parasites. Another good product is the baby shampoo used for treating head lice known as Rid or Nix.

Treating the snake cage and bedding for mites

After removing all porous surfaces from the snake cage or enclosure and washing everything in a bleach and water solution it is good to use paper as bedding for the duration of the battle against mites. You can also use a spray insecticide like Provent-a-mite to keep the snake mites from coming back as well as killing the ones you haven’t seen. The average life cycle of snake mites is around two weeks so in order to fully eradicate them you have to do the process in three stages spaced 5-7 days apart. By keeping this routine you will make sure that any hatchling snake mites will not make it to adult size and continue the mite to egg process.

Like fleas on a dog, getting mites on your snakes is inevitable. Just remember that it’s not the end of the world and if you take the right steps you can have the problem solved in two weeks’ time. At xyzReptiles we have a procedure in place that involves treating all snakes that come into our facility for mites followed by regular screening of the animals there. Finally we make sure that the bedding in the bags are sprayed to act as a final barrier against mites. It is important to note that some Asiatic Rat snakes are extremely susceptible to damage or death from pyrethrin exposure. This is the active ingredient in most mite sprays so please read the back carefully and if you are unsure contact someone who knows what to do.