How to Take Care of a Baby Snake | Pet Snakes

How to Take Care of a Baby Snake | Pet Snakes

How to take care of baby snakes? Now of course, this isn’t a baby king snake,
but he just didn’t want to let go of me so we’re going to let him enjoy what we’re going
to talk about. The first thing that we really need to understand
with taking care of baby snakes is is number one, they need a nice, small, confined, safe
spot. What we want to do is and what really works
well for our neonates, our young snakes is a plastic container about the size of a shoe
box, a little bit more. And what we have to do is is we have to set
up a small heat gradient. Remember that snakes are ectothermic, they’re
cold-blooded. So it’s nice to have our small baby snakes
on a shelf, where we can have a little heat pad underneath one side, that will heat up
to the high 80’s, and then on this other side, even though it’s a small box have that where
it’ll get to maybe 75 to 80. Now people will ask, “Well, how do I know
that the heat is just right?” And I think one of the easiest ways of doing
it is if you put your snake in that small container and you notice that the snake is
always up front where the heat is not, well that’s a good indication that that baby snake
is too hot over here. So it’s a good idea to lower the heat down
on this side and what you’ll find is that they’ll move from the cooler side to the warmer
side. If you notice after that that he’s sitting
more where the heater is and doesn’t go to the cooler end, well, what that tells you
is, well, it’s not quite hot enough. Snakes don’t read the book. So what we want to do is is we want to follow. Now if you have the proper gradient where
it’s high 80’s, low 90 here, 75-80 here, what you’re going to find is is you’re going to
see that snake through the day in different parts of that small little box, so then you
know that you have a proper temper gradient. Now baby snakes will eat maybe twice a week
and then as they get older, you’ll find that they’ll start to where it goes from twice
a week to once a week or every five days or so. They should stay nice and rounded, have good
color and gloss to them. Although this isn’t a baby, just put this
into a smaller package, and that’s very, very important. They should be active. They should be clear. Now for substrate, for baby snakes you want
to make sure that you have something that you can clean readily. So paper towels, wax paper, butcher’s paper
it’s a very good thing to use as flooring, because you can peel it away. You can see how much we’re going to the bathroom,
which is very important because if we’re not going to the bathroom, it’s not a good idea
to feed, because you may have an obstruction or a slow bowel. And by using paper when that baby eats it’s
not eating substrate, which is really important. If you put a bait in there and he goes after
it and there’s chips or sand or something like that, they’ll eat that along with the
bait, and that is very dangerous, so especially for your young ones, you need to keep things
very clean. The other nice thing about using the proper
substrate the paper towels and the wax paper and all, is you can take a sample to your
veterinarian and make sure that you have the stool sample checked, because it’s very important
to make sure that they don’t have internal parasites and things, and those are some helpful
hints on taking care of baby snakes.

Randy Schultz

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42 thoughts on “How to Take Care of a Baby Snake | Pet Snakes

  1. kevzonmondayz says:

    First comment.

  2. FreeAndSay says:

    Second Comment BTW snakes are creepy

  3. Nick Hernandez says:


  4. Mister Bang says:

    yep, first to be flagged

  5. Ashton Patterson says:

    Fourth…and flagged

  6. kevzonmondayz says:


  7. Mardaeus Townes says:

    Yep, second to be flagged.

  8. Pierre Ponpon says:

    Shut up

  9. Aquafreeze says:

    Pet snake ? Thanks , i'm not suicidal yet !

  10. Aquafreeze says:

    Nice tongue .

  11. kevzonmondayz says:

    Ur tongue is broken, see a doctor.

  12. superhippy86 says:

    He really does seem to be the only normal person on here..

  13. kitkat1231231 says:

    i don't own a baby snake nor do i have any intention of getting a baby snake.. but here i am watching this video

  14. PrewPox says:

    Thank you so much

  15. nicholas klemetsen says:

    What if they bit you?

  16. nicholas klemetsen says:


  17. Mali Thoj says:

    Awesome!..having a pet snake be so cool!

  18. Bijal Patel says:

    I like snakes their greAt but I kinda get freaked out Even if they are friendly. Just a human instinct I guess. But i like your video. 😉

  19. Anne Bahgat says:

    What if they bite u

  20. Anne Bahgat says:

    What type of baby snakes r good for u

  21. Alejandra caldera says:


  22. jeremy burgos says:

    You would have to worry about them ingesting substrate If you did what your supposed to and feed them in a feeding box

  23. ahartt92 says:

    Anybody know what species at 1:56??

  24. Slim says:

    I can't find any slugs and my snake has not eaten in 3 days. Can someone tell me if i can feed it any other bugs?

  25. Arwen Lua says:

    can you use newspaper? pls reply

  26. J. L. Hinson says:

    Thank you so much this great. I found an unusual little I mean tiny mother to be snake.  in my partial shaded flower garden. No she didn't look pregnant. two days later she presents what appeared to 25 babies!! She had such an adorable way about her. Wasn't afraid of me, not even when I was near her BB's!! Sorry bout that baby talk, I am like that with most all creatures. I never found out what type snake she was, about the size of a pencil. Truly the same in circumference but an inch shorter than pencil. Dark in color with maybe a mild grey color on her wee belly. I live in Piedmont area of North Carolina, Cleveland County.  oh, our home was 2 blocks from Police station and Post Office. Said that cause you may have thought I lived in the countryside…wish! Oh the babies were rather large, being live birthed by a very small mama. they were about 3/4 inches long.
    . Honestly I was amazed by her. I will be back to check if anyone has any idea what she was. I miss her and my many cats also whatever else needed a home!! I am not allowed to have pets here, well $300.00 can make it happen. TY Bless You Have a great day!!!!!  J

  27. Marco Moriel says:

    Is it normal that my baby king snake stand under the corner of the terrarium, it completes all the listening EXCEPT that he is not active!!!!!????

  28. Wesley Torres says:

    I like snake it my favorite animals in the world

  29. Carl Spredemann says:

    At 1:56 what kind of snake is that?

  30. Carl Spredemann says:

    Oh ya Baby green tree python, ya i remember now reading that they are yellow as a baby then turn green when they mature.

  31. sahana shah says:

    I hate snakes

  32. Noah F says:

    will a heat pad burn my table or carpet

  33. Laura laura says:

    you cant feed a snake in the same tank the live in after they eat they can still smell its food and will drive them crazy

  34. Grethan 5Ever says:

    I like the video?

  35. rostik94 says:

    With what should I feed baby California king ?

  36. Hum Tum says:

    Which baby is that orange snake with brown spots?

  37. Soza Nerdified! says:

    Is it harmful to start them out in a bigger tank say I already have a large tank and I want to set it up for a snake. Could I get a baby snake or should I get an older snake?

  38. Anonymous Alligator says:

    what a sweet little baby

  39. Brooke Kilgore says:

    My tank is about 27 gallons , if I get a hatchling snake should I / would it be ok to put a divider in the tank to make it smaller and more comfortable for the snake

  40. Sophie_Nguyen332_FNAFFans Blablabla says:


  41. Agermanshepherdsheba says:

    I have a baby California King snake and I can’t get him to eat I’ve tried twice and he just won’t have it

  42. Stefanie Provencher says:

    What can a baby snake eat other then a mouse

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