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Keeping Snakes Out of the Garden

download (1)The sight of a snake in your garden is terrifying. In most of the gardens, you find the Garter snakes. They are not poisonous, but can they still be harmful? In a way they benefit your garden by protecting from pests and destructive rodents. However one has to be careful because presence of snakes in the garden cannot be always termed as risk-free. Here are some tips how to get rid of snakes from your garden:

Tall grass is also a great place for snakes to hide themselves. So trim your lawn about two inches or shorter. Snakes will feel uncomfortable to move around because they’re open to attack by their own natural predators like hawks and owls. Remove heavy bushes and shrubs, which grow close to the ground.

Snake’s hunt rodents so keep rodents under control. Keep pet food indoors, seal tightly garbage cans and harvest vegetable gardens. Erect a snake proof fence only 2-3 feet high made of fine wire mesh to prevent snakes from entering in your garden.

How to Set Up a Good Environment For Corn Snakes

download (2)Corn snakes got their name because they frequent corn sheds to feed on rats and mice in America. They will tolerate a variety of environmental conditions, but it is still important to provide the best living environment such as reptile vivariums which are ideal for keeping your snakes in; they provide a good living environment that will benefit the health and condition of your snake. The size of an average adult snake is 3.9 to 5.9 feet (1.2 to 1.8 m). They are docile by nature and are reluctant to bite and love being handled, which makes them the best beginner pet snake to own. They come in a beautiful variety of colours and pattern.

Wooden reptile vivariums with glass front are best with objects placed in it for the snake to hide. Corn snakes are relatively small therefore you don’t need large vivariums unless you have more than 1 snake. In your vivarium you will need a heat mat, water bowl, and a hiding place which will provide your corn snake with a feeling of security. The substrate on the floor of your vivarium or terrarium is very important preferred substrates are reptile bark or paper towels

In the wild corn snakes live 6 to 8 years. In captivity they can live up to 23 years. They are a great pet for children and easy to look after. They are ground dwelling snakes, but can ascend from height if needed. Therefore in your reptile vivarium it is also good idea to provide a branch for climbing. Corn snakes cannot manufacture their own body heat, they have to rely on ambient temperature to raise or lower their internal core temperature. This means that they must have access to at least one area within the vivarium where they can warm themselves. This is achieved by installing an over head heat lamp with a metal reflector above one side of the vivarium to create a basking area or you can provide heat mats. Be careful do not use rocks, they can get to hot and your pet snake will get burnt by wrapping itself around them.

Keeping Snakes As Pets – How to Provide the Proper Care

imagesIf you have ever considered keeping a snake as a pet, this article is for you. I’ve been keeping and researching these amazing animals for more than 20 years now, so I’m happy to explain the key factors of snake care. Follow the advice below, and you’ll be more successful as a snake keeper — and your pet will be healthier as well.

Right Species

This is an important consideration that many people gloss over. They choose an animal they think is “cool,” and then they learn about it after they’ve already brought it home. This is backward. You need to begin this process by choosing a snake that will make a good pet. Some species are hard to care for and should be kept only by advanced keepers with years of experience. Other species are much easier to care for, and therefore make excellent “starter snakes.”

If this will be your first pet snake, I recommend starting out with one of the species that are easiest to care for. I would put several into category, including the corn snake, the kingsnakes, and the various types of milksnakes. All of these species do well in captivity, and if there basic needs are met they’ll live a long time. They are also widely varied in appearance, and some are beautifully colored.

Snake’s Requirements

So now you’ve chosen a species you want to keep. What next? Well, you’ve got some homework to do. To be a responsible keeper, and to provide the best possible care for your pet snake, you need to learn as much as you can about the captive requirements for that species. What kind of temperatures does it need? How big of a cage do you need, and what should be included inside the cage? How often does it need to be fed? These are questions you must answer before you bring the animal home, because it will depend on you from day one.

Right Environment

Keep in mind that snakes do not show emotion like dogs and cats do. They cannot howl or cry when they are uncomfortable. They really have only one expression, and it’s the one they always wear. So if their environmental needs are not met, they will suffer in silence. You must prevent this. You must do thorough research to find out what your snake needs, and then you must provide it.

You’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of great products to help you in this area. The reptile industry has come a long way over the last ten years or so. As a result, the caging, heating and lighting systems on the market today make snake care easier than ever. Do an Internet search for “reptile supplies” and check out some of the big websites that are online today. They offer everything you might need to create a healthy environment for your pet.