Snakes remain one of the most fascinating and mysterious creatures that ever existed in this planet. That is probably the main reason why they are so captivating. Their combination of grace with speed and charm with wildness is unlike any other living things.
Aside from that, snakes have been recurring characters and symbols in countless myths and legends for a very long time now.
Despite them being readily available and present in different environments, there is still much to talk about when it comes to these scaly reptiles.
For people who want to keep snakes as a constant companion, these lists of myths (and facts) might be particularly helpful.
1. Snakes are slimy and clammy – Myth
Contrary to popular belief, snakes are not slimy at all. Their scales are dry and smooth and will glide over your skin easily.
A snake’s body temperature relies heavily on the temperature of their habitat, which means that they may feel cool or warm depending on where you find them. This is because snakes have NO ability to generate their own body heat. (YUP – if you hold a snake that has been basking in the sun for a while, it will feel warm!)
2. All snakes have fangs and are venomous – Myth
It is understandable that a lot of people are terrified of snakes. Well I don’t really blame them. Who wouldn’t be? With how our society portrays snakes! How many of you think of anaconda when you hear or read about snakes?
Only docile species like corn snakes and ball pythons do make great pets and are my recommendations if you want a pet snake.
With their highly adaptive survival skills and their ability to devour prey larger than their own heads, they are terrifying. But it is not true that all snakes have fangs, venom or are big enough to constrict you to death (O:
Only venomous species have fangs, and out of those, only 10% is lethal to humans. It is also important to note that when non-venomous species bite (snakes often do even in captivity) their bite won’t hurt. Oftentimes, it wouldn’t hurt even when larger snakes bite unless of course they are anacondas or reticulated pythons!
3. If your pet snake is captive bred, you won’t have to worry about getting bitten – Myth
Even if snakes are captive bred, when agitated and threatened, they will turn defensive and put on their stance. This happens very rarely though.
If you follow the proper procedures in taking care of your pet snake, you don’t have much to worry about. As debunked on #2 above, not all snakes are venomous and most of the time their bites do not actually hurt. But it would be wise to ask your breeder/seller to demonstrate on how to hold and feed your pet so you won’t have to risk any bites.
4. It is easy and inexpensive to take care of a pet snake – Fact and Myth
This is a myth and a very popular one too. I used to think the same way till I got my first snake.
First of all, it is never cheap to have any kind of pet. You have to consider its artificial habitat, its nutritional requirements, and its specialized medical requirements.
It definitely is not easy if you’re a novice pet snake keeper: you’ll have to familiarize yourself first with the varietie(s) of snake species and their particular preferences in prey. Plus, there is habitat and ‘temperature gradient’ before you actually embark on what may be a wild ride.
If you’re not a creature of habit, you may have some trouble following the feeding schedule ( some snakes only eat once every 5 to 15 days though) and the schedule for changing the water in its drinking bowl as well as the schedule in cleaning its terrarium or snake house.
You also have to be organized and be responsible, as you have to remember to keep it safe and secure inside its glass tank before you leave the house or leave it in the room with other people.
On the other hand, this is also a fact, if you put it into perspective with other animals you could have for pets. While it may be a little frightening at first, having a snake for a pet does not require you to be around it all the time.
They are fascinating and beautiful creature all right, but they are also not attention seekers, which may come out as a reward in the end.
5. A Bigger Terrarium is a Better Terrarium – Myth
Beginner pet snake owners sometimes make a mistake which is not uncommon: getting a snake house which is too big for their snakes.
Snakes do not require much space, despite most people thinking that they might want to wriggle and slide their bodies all over an area. They are actually quite content lounging all day under or coiled up on a strategically-placed rock or a log.
So buying them an enormous tank could be a waste of money.
The only exception is if you buy a baby snake which is small and has yet to fully develop. In particular pythons can get huge when they mature. Always do your homework on how big the snakes are going to be before you get the snake house/terrarium.
What would really help is complimenting their tank with branches and ropes so they may use their skills to climb on horizontal and vertical surfaces. This is so awesome to watch. Trust me!
There we go 5 myths (and facts) about keeping snakes as pets Busted! There are a lot more interesting myths and facts about snakes out there, just as there are a lot more exciting things to learn about other animals that can be kept as pets.
But what is more educating than experiencing it yourself by getting your own pet snake?
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