Pets at home snakes
These reptiles are currently only available in our Stockport, Fort Kinnaird and New Malden stores.
Please contact these stores directly to check for availability before travelling.
Colubrid snakes (Corn, Milk, House, Rat and King) make fascinating pets for adults and children of all ages.
They are easy to keep and care for once set up in the correct environment.
They are easy to handle and following regular handling will become fairly tame.
Colubrid snakes will often live for around 20 years so will be a long term commitment for anyone thinking of keeping one.
These snakes are crepuscular, most active at dawn and dusk, so they will hide and sleep during the daytime when the light is switched on and will then come out when the lights are turned off.
They tend to be terrestrial, meaning they spend most of their time on the ground, however, they will enjoy climbing around the vivarium decor given the chance.
Colubrid snakes do not have the same needs for companionship as most mammals do, so are happily kept on their own.
At times it is advised to keep them singly as aggression can be shown between individuals.
King snakes include other snakes as part of their diet in the wild, so it would never be advised to try keeping different species together at any time.
A healthy snake will shed its skin in one piece, often around some of the vivarium decor.
If the snake sheds in multiple skin pieces it is a good indication the humidity in the enclosure may need increasing.
Following a shed, it is essential for you to ensure that all the skin has been removed, especially around the eyes and tip of the tail.
Any remaining skin should be bathed and gently rubbed to assist in removal of the excess skin.
All vets have a basic understanding of reptiles but those with a specialist interest are worth seeking out.