Exotis ISSN 2398-2985

Reptiles

Snake husbandry

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Molly Varga

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Introduction

  • To ensure the reptile has proper welfare and husbandry, the ‘Five Freedoms’ should be applied to snakes as a guideline, ie freedom:
    • From thirst, hunger or malnutrition.
    • From discomfort.
    • From pain, injury, and disease.
    • To express normal behavior.
    • From fear and distress.
  • At the most basic level these ‘Five Freedoms’ ensure the survival of the animal but when implemented fully and diligently should optimize their welfare Captive welfare.
  • A knowledge of the environment and behavior of the species in the wild, allows better application of these principles.
  • All are important in creating the right living conditions and ensuring proper welfare for the life of the captive snake.
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Housing

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Substrate

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Heat sources

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Light

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Water

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Humidity and ventilation

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Mohan-Gibbons H & Raiti P (2010) Snakes. In: Behavior of Exotic Pets. Ed: Tynes V V. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 29-30.

Reproduced with permission from Valerie V Tynes: Behavior of Exotic Pets © 2010, published by John Wiley & Sons.


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