Snake - Activity Level
Your Healthy Snake: Activity Level
According to Kasey, Zen Habitats Animal Care Manager and Certified Veterinary Technician, your snake’s activity level can be an indicator of its overall health.
Q: How can I tell if my snake is active enough?
Kasey: “This is really going to be individual and species specific. The best thing to do is research the typical activity level of your snake. Ball Pythons tend to be ‘lazier’, where smaller Corn Snakes can be a little more energetic and ‘squirmy’ when held.”
Q: Does the activity level fluctuate depending on the time of day and season of the year?
Kasey: “Yes, depending on the snake species, it may be nocturnal (active at night) or diurnal (active during the day). There will also be fluctuations as the weather changes, like other reptiles, snakes can go through brumation (hibernation-like state) when the weather cools down. During this time, your snake may take refuge in their hide or borrow, depending on the species. When a female snake is going to lay eggs, you may see her moving about the enclosure more frequently trying to regulate her temperature and she may also be off-feed. She should go back to her normal activity level after she has laid her eggs, if she does not pass all her eggs or any eggs at all, she could be egg bound and can appear stressed. This is definitely an indication for a vet visit.”
Q: What can I do to help my snake become more active?
Kasey: “Providing species appropriate enrichment is a great way to stimulate your pet and potentially increases their activity levels.”
Q: What signs of activity level indicate my snake may need to go to the vet?
Kasey: “If your snake is lethargic (sluggish) and doesn’t partake in it’s normal day-to-day activities, a vet visit is probably a good idea to bring it to the vet.”
(This content is informational only and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your veterinary professional)