A lot of people are afraid of snakes. I won’t say I was scared; squeamish is a better word, at least as far as non-poisonous snakes go. As far as poisonous snakes go, yeah, I’m afraid! Makes sense to me. They can kill you, quickly. But, as far as non-poisonous go, that’s another story. About 20 years ago I made a conscious decision to learn to love snakes. I even owned a Red-tailed Boa for about six years before giving him to a neighbor that wanted him when we moved back to Pennsylvania from Florida. Draco was my buddy. We got him as a baby, and he used to go places with me. He’d wrap himself around my wrist like a bracelet or around my ponytail like a ribbon.
Feeding him was a challenge for me in the beginning. He was too young to kill his own mice in the beginning. We were feeding him pinkies. When I was told I’d have to kill the mouse before I could feed it to him, I insisted that I couldn’t do it. After a series of comedic events, I realized there was no way around it. I had to make up my mind that I was going to do it. And, I did. I never had trouble feeding Draco after that. He eventually became big enough to do it himself. I accepted it as part of the circle of life and became fascinated by the process. I’m happy to say, unlike other snake owners I’ve known, Draco never got loose.
Snake sitting while you’re on vacation or out of town on business would be a pleasure. Checking on your snake daily to ensure he has fresh water, heat lamps are working correctly, and he is secure in his home is essential. If it’s time for him to eat, we will feed him. Our team is ready to care for your snake and follow your detailed instructions to a T. Check out our Small Pet Care Services on our Pet Sitting page for more information.
Fun Facts About Snakes
- Snakes are carnivores (meat eaters).
- Snakes don’t have eyelids.
- Snakes have internal ears, not external ones. They don’t have eardrums. Instead, their skin, muscles, and bones carry sound vibrations to their inner ears.
- Snakes smell with their tongues.
- Snakes can’t bite food, so they have to swallow it whole.
- Snakes have flexible jaws that allow them to eat prey larger than their head.
- The warmer a snake’s body, the more quickly it can digest its meal.
- Snakes live on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
- There are no snakes in Ireland, Iceland, New Zealand, and the North and South Poles.
- Snakes evolved from a four-legged reptilian ancestor – most likely a small burrowing, land-bound lizard – about 100 million years ago. Pythons and boas still have traces of back legs.