To feed a snake in captivity is usually a unique sight. Without a doubt, very enjoyed by its owners and that implies a certain awe for those who are not accustomed to observe them. In general, this type of animal is capable of swallowing prey that double and even triple of its size.
Through techniques such as constriction or poison, snakes manage to subdue their victims and also hold them, using slanted teeth that point towards the inside of their mouth. All species and subspecies are carnivorous, and their diet covers a wide variety of animals such as mammals, birds, fish, insects and even other snakes.
Due to the little presence of bones in their body, snakes can swallow large animals without chewing them. The process of assimilation can last several days, even months. During that time, the animal enters a state of lethargy that allows you to concentrate your energies to digest the food.
When in captivity, some people resort to the technique of forced feeding to see that your pet does not want to taste any bite, especially in those copies that have been recently purchased. They know that other causes may be stress or temperature. In any case, this technique should always be avoided. In addition, it is advisable to know well their eating habits. For more information, we suggest a list of basic tips with which to keep your snake healthy.
The most important thing is to nourish ourselves from the experience. Consult official sources and listen to the advice of those who already have some expertise in the breeding and conservation of snakes.
It is important to remember that these animals are carnivores, and can easily be fed with rabbits, chickens, mice and birds. Almost all snakes have nocturnal feeding habits and it is our responsibility to adjust to that schedule to feed them. Generally the most indicated time range is between six and ten o’clock at night.
Another aspect very little valued by people is the influence that sunlight has on the appetite of our snakes. For this, it is enough to place them near a window or simulate natural light cycles through programmable lamps.
FOOD OUT OF THE TERRARIUM
It is always advisable to feed these animals outside the terrarium. If the specimen is easy to handle, it must be removed from its environment. That way, when we put our hands in the terrarium, we will avoid that it associates them with food and attacks us.
As for the great dilemma of giving them live or dead food, our recommendation is dead prey, which can be frozen or slaughtered before being offered. This is mainly due to the fact that some animals when they feel threatened frantically fight and can hurt our snake.
VARIOUS COPIES, INDIVIDUAL FEEDING
Most people recommend not having two specimens in a single terrarium. If the latter is impossible, make sure you feed them separately. Some experiences show that snakes can compete for food and cause serious injuries to each other.
Always bet on the healthiest. The excessive use of vitamins and food supplements can affect the health of your snake. However, you can request the support of a veterinarian and inform you about the specifics of your horse.