Caring For a Pet Snake

August 17, 2011

Caring For a Pet Snake, Snake on a person's hand."Make sure the cage is secure!" I always said to make sure the top screen is tight. My daughter said, "He won't leave his home." She was an older teen at the time, famous last words!


One night, he was missing. Every day and night, we kept a towel rolled under her door. We searched her room multiple times, looking up and down, and taking the room apart. Four months later, she came home late to find her thin snake gliding across the floor.

It had been winter, so he may have holed up somewhere cool in her room, but we were so happy to find her snake "Austin" again. I am so glad we were diligent about keeping that towel under her door for so long.

By nancie2k from NJ

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June 21, 2018

I recently got this snake, but the breeder I got it from isn't sure what kind it is and I can't really tell. I do know that it is not venomous and it is still a baby as well. They said it could be a gray rat snake, chicken snake, a python of some kind that gets really big, or a Mississippi Mud snake.

They were not sure and I can't really tell what kind it is. I'm from the US and live in the state of Kentucky if that helps. I just want to know what kind it is so I know what exactly to feed it and what all I should put in its tank.

Identifying a Pet Baby Snake - snake in a terrarium
Identifying a Pet Baby Snake
Identifying a Pet Baby Snake


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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

It is hard to tell from the photos. My suggestion is to contact your local vet and ask for input or a recommendation for a vet who knows reptiles.


Snakes are pets just like dogs and cats and benefit from having an established relationship with a vet who is experienced with the species. A good vet will help you with feeding needs, habitat needs, and troubleshooting any challenges.

Good luck! Blessings on your new slithering child! :)

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I think it is a rat snake

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April 24, 2010

I am needing some advice, it's been almost 2 months already, since my snake has last eaten. I've tried changing the mouse to a new one and it still doesn't work. What can I do to help her eat? She has never gone this long without eating a mouse. I'm really worried.

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April 26, 20100 found this helpful

Have you called a veterinarian that specializes in reptiles and ask them for suggestions? Or the place you bought the snake from?

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May 17, 20100 found this helpful

Hi there,
If you get a frozen chick and when your defrosting your rat or mouse have the chick defrosting with it. The chick will scent the rodent and the snake should be more receptive ;)


Hope this helps!

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October 21, 20140 found this helpful

Check the temperature of the tank. If its slightly too chilly they won't eat also.

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