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Tips To Help Make Sure That You Are Buying A Healthy Snake

If you are interested in purchasing a snake as a pet, you need to know just what it is that you are looking for. Beyond the type of snake you are interested in, you need to know that you are buying a healthy pet. To help you with that, you might want to take a few moments to review the following tips.

Take A Close Look At The Eyes

A healthy snake will have bright and shiny eyes. They will surely be a sight to see. However, if you find that the snake eyes that you are glaring into are actually dull and appear to be lifeless, you might want to move on to another snake. Of course, dull looking eyes can also be a sign that the snake is about to shed its skin. Look for signs of peeling skin. If you do not see any, try waiting a few days and come back to visit the snake again. At that time, you should be able to notice signs of skin shedding or brighter eyes if the shedding took place in the meantime. If every snake that the store or breeder is offering for sale has the same dull looking eyes, you will want to look elsewhere.

Compare Your Knowledge To The Breeder’s Knowledge

You should start your snake shopping with an understanding of the type of snake that you want. You need to know what conditions it needs to be kept in to be happy and healthy, as many snakes prefer something different because they come from various parts of the country or world. Specifically, you want to know the ideal temperature, humidity, basking preferences, and substrate desires before shopping for your snake. Look for snakes that are being kept in the proper conditions according to their breed. After all, a snake that is not kept in the ideal conditions can end up with a variety of illnesses, none of which you want to be responsible for.

Examine The Skin

Generally speaking, the skin of a snake should be smooth and should not have a dry, wrinkled look to it. If it does, then there is a chance that the snake is dehydrated, underfed, or suffering from an unknown illness. The snake should be nicely filled out and the skin should be firm but dry.

With those few tips in mind, you should find that it is a lot easier to buy a healthy snake than you might have once thought. For more information, contact breeders and sellers who advertise reptiles and amphibians for sale.