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Snake - Behavior

Your Healthy Snake: Behavior

According to Kasey, Zen Habitats Animal Care Manager and Certified Veterinary Technician, your snake’s behavior can be an indicator of its overall health.

Q: How do I tell the difference between a behavior and something that may be my snake’s personality?

Kasey: “Not a whole lot of research has been done in animal personalities, and even less in reptiles. There have been studies done in lizards that show they do have a spectrum of behaviors ranging from shy to bold. As humans we assign ‘personalities’ based on behaviors, but I believe that snakes do have personalities and can bond with their owners.”

Q: If my snake is doing something unusual, how long should I hold on before becoming too concerned?

Kasey: “There are many things that can change the behavior of a snake, such as illnesses, husbandry issues, seasonal changes, breeding, etc. Depending on the individual situation a vet visit may be needed right away or can wait. When in doubt, call your exotics veterinarian.”

Q: What behaviors are concerning and may indicate my snake may need to go to the vet?

Kasey: “Some stressful behaviors your snake may show can include refusing to eat, nose rubbing, regurgitation, hissing, and striking. Some of these behaviors may be caused by improper husbandry and can be remedied, others may need veterinarian intervention. There is generally going to be a cause for a behavior and if that cause is illness it will need to be addressed by a veterinarian.”

(This content is informational only and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your veterinary professional)



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