How come my snake is so stressed out?
There are a few things that seem to stress snakes more than others. The most common ones include:
- A new home
- When you bring your snake home or move it from one enclosure to another give it about 7 days to settle in. Don't do anything with it other than keep the humidity and the temperature at their proper levels and provide fresh water daily. You should also keep the tank clean if the snake should soil it.
Also try to keep the snake's tank out of high traffic areas so it will be more comfortable and better able to settle in.
- Changes in feeding
- A change in the food you are offering your snake can cause it to become stressed. If the snake takes the new food just let it settle in for a week and then offer the new food again. If it doesn't wait a week and offer the snake's normal food. After another 5 to 7 days offer the new food. You want to encourage the snake to eat the new food, but not to the point of exhaustion.
- Health issues
- Any snake that has health problems is going to be stressed. The best thing you can do is to take your snake to a qualified "herp" vet and follow their instructions for the after care. This is a good reason that you should choose a vet for your snake before you are facing an emergency.
- Poor husbandry
- Bad husbandry habits are some of the worst culprits when it comes to stressing out a snake. Every species of snake has exacting standards that should be met. If you're not familiar with them you should familiarize yourself with care sheets as they will prove invaluable.
Beyond that it is simply possible that your snake has a high strung personality and is just going to be "stressed". As long as it isn't trying to bite you all the time this shouldn't even be an issue.