There are approximately 2,700 known species of snake living in the world today.

Snakes are common throughout temperate and tropical climates. They are found in all manner of habitats from rainforests to deserts and even in tropical oceans.
Several species are commonly encountered in captivity and most make interesting and rewarding pets.

There are many species of snake commonly found in the pet trade.
Tips for Buying a Snake
Always buy captive bred animals;
Choose a young animal where possible, which will be more easily acclimatised to new conditions.
Tips for Good Snake Care
Enclosures should be at least as long as the snake.
Feed rodents that are no larger than the thickest part of the snake.
Handle snakes regularly.
Consider the long life spans snakes have before purchasing one.
Responsible Ownership
Longevity – snakes can live long lives in captivity, many of the smaller species can live 15-20 years. It is not totally unheard of for a Royal python to live for over 30 years. It is important to consider this before purchasing a snake. Be aware that some species grow very large in captivity. Juvenile Boa constrictors, Burmese pythons and other species of python are commonly encountered in pet shops. These animals grow very quickly and out grow their owner’s capabilities and often need re-homing. It is cruel to confine a large species in a tiny vivarium; large species require a room-sized home to be comfortable.
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