What do baby snakes eat

The appropriate nutrition of snakes

The snakes are very unusual and special reptiles, which enchant many people with their nature. More and more people decide to take a snake in as a pet. In Germany there are now countless loft fans who hold one or even several snakes. There are currently six species of snake in Germany while there are hundreds of species of snakes worldwide. Including, for example, poisonous snakes, water snakes or strangled. Basically, the keeping of snakes is special and some criteria must be observed. If a snake feels comfortable and is provided with everything it needs, nothing stands in the way of a long snake life. The needs are particularly important, so you should find out more about them. Species-appropriate nutrition is the be-all and end-all for snakes.

A snake can only feel good and live healthily as long as the terrarium is set up in a species-appropriate manner and an appropriate and appropriate diet is provided. In our guide we would like to give you more information about the nutrition of a snake. In addition, you will find other important tips and tricks that can help you as a holder.

How often do snakes need to be fed?

Unlike other animals, snakes do not need regular feeding. That is why the rhythm differs from animal to animal. It is difficult to say in general terms how often a snake should be fed. In the wild, large boas often do not eat anything for two to four weeks - so it is not a problem if the snake is not fed for a few days. In the case of smaller snakes, the metabolism is different because the small animals are often more active than their larger conspecifics. The small snakes usually need new food after a few days to balance their energy balance. Small snake species include, for example, the snake species. In the case of large pythons, on the other hand, the rhythm is 8 to 12 days. As you can see, the rhythm of each species of snake is different. As a keeper, you should therefore find out all the more about the nutrition of a snake and the associated feeding intervals.

What do snakes eat?

The main diet of snakes is their prey. Accordingly, the diet should move in this direction as well. However, care should be taken when feeding live prey such as mice. A mouse bite can quickly catch fire on a snake and have serious consequences. It becomes even more dangerous when live rats or hamsters are fed, because they are much stronger and more aggressive than mice. That is why frozen food is usually the best and most harmless feeding method for snakes. Frozen mice are particularly popular; they can simply be thawed and fed if necessary.

Before feeding frozen prey animals, they should be completely thawed. In addition, the food should be warmed up slightly so that the snake accepts it. The frozen food offers a comfortable and easy feeding method because it can easily be frozen over a longer period of time. A snake eats different prey animals, accordingly there are mice, rats or hamsters as frozen food in pet shops. In addition, there are even baby rabbits in some shops.

Another food option is live fish, which does not pose too much of a threat to snakes. However, there are criteria that should be observed here. If the snake does not eat the fish from the container within an hour, it will die due to the lack of oxygen. In addition, the fish often jump out of the container and die in the terrarium. As a keeper, you should look again in the terrarium to see whether the snake really ate the fish or whether it is still lying around somewhere in the terrarium. If the fish remains in the terrarium, it begins to rot.

Anyone who decides to take in a snake should think twice about it. Many snake catchers are fascinated by the interesting animals, but do not manage to feed a snake appropriately. Most people only realize this afterwards. Not every snake accepts frozen food, so live food animals must be fed accordingly. Is live feeding an option for you and are you really sure that you can see the suffering of the feed animals? If not, a snake is guaranteed to be the wrong pet for you.

Live food animals or dead frost animals?

Basically, snakes in the wild only eat live food animals. A snake hunts its prey, kills it, and then eats it. These are mostly mice, fish or rabbits. However, animals that grow up in a terrarium have no experience of hunting and are used to frozen food. Therefore, as already mentioned, feeding live food animals is very dangerous and should only be carried out under supervision. The prey animals can seriously injure the snake through bites, precisely because it is not used to it. For many snake keepers, the frozen food method is therefore the better alternative.

In addition, many keepers have turned away from live feed animals and only feed dead animals. The dead frozen animals are offered e.g. in pet shops. As a snake keeper, this method is not only more pleasant than that of live food animals, but also more practical. To do this, the food is simply thawed, warmed up a little and served to the snake to eat.

There are many advantages to feeding frozen food, but there are also disadvantages. Generally, thawed food contains fewer vitamins and nutrients. But here, too, there is a tip from the experts - the feed should be provided with additional vitamin drops or powder once a month. Through this process, the snake is completely cared for and optimal well-being is ensured.

Are there any other criteria that have to be observed?

There are many important criteria that should be observed when feeding snakes. This includes, for example, that a snake needs a lot of time and rest for digestion. The digestive process costs a snake a lot of energy, so keepers should take this into account. In addition, the right rhythm plays an important role, the feeding intervals should be adhered to and become routine. Overfeeding is also possible, this should be avoided - otherwise a snake can choke out the food again. Relining leads accordingly to deficiency symptoms and should also be avoided. Therefore a regulated feeding process should be adhered to.

Possible reasons for snakes to refuse to feed

  1. Pregnant females often refuse to feed during pregnancy and shortly before they lay eggs. The males ready to mate, on the other hand, often refuse to feed after hibernation.
  2. If your snake is molting, feeding must be postponed for one to two days after molting.
  3. You may be feeding prey that do not meet the snake's needs. Each snake has its own individual taste and accordingly does not eat everything. Many bottles like to eat fish, while others prefer mice. As a keeper you have to try different prey animals to find out the taste of your snake.
  4. Refusal to feed can also be related to temperature. It is possible that your snake is too cold. In addition, heat affects a snake's metabolism and digestion. Make sure the temperature in the terrarium is pleasant.
  5. It may be because of the frozen food, because not every snake accepts the dead frozen food animals. As already mentioned, the frozen food should be completely thawed and additionally warmed up a little. If this does not work, the snake will most likely only accept live food animals.
  6. It is also possible that the snake refuses to take its prey during the day. There is a simple explanation for this, many snakes are nocturnal. In order for the snake to accept its food, the food should be offered about 30-60 minutes before the light goes out.

In the event of refusal to feed, keepers should not lose their nerve and panic. Often these are natural reasons that are by no means dangerous. Refusal to feed can happen from time to time. As a keeper, you should be able to react correctly, observe and assess your snake. in many cases, keepers can often find out the reason for the refusal to feed themselves.

However, if you cannot find out the reason yourself, a visit to the vet is essential for the well-being of your snake. Your trusted vet is guaranteed to be able to help you and find the cause. In the worst case scenario, your snake may also be sick.

Final words on the diet of snakes

As a keeper or snake fan, you should not underestimate the nutrition of a snake. The interesting little animals need a species-appropriate diet for a long and healthy life. The best and most comfortable alternative is frozen food, but not every snake will accept it. As already mentioned, you should think about beforehand whether you can handle this and agree on this feeding method with yourself. Otherwise we can advise against keeping a snake. However, if you have no problems with it, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun with this fascinating creature.