So you’ve got your heart set on taking home that snake from the pet store today, but you know next to nothing about snakes and you’re not certain the pet store employee knows what they are talking about either. But it’s just too good a deal to pass up so you gladly hand over several hundred dollars for the snake, a homely looking Ball Python and a kit which includes; a a new snake tank, something to keep the tank heated, one or two hides for your new snake, a bag of substrate, a water bowl, a cheap thermometer to keep the temperature regulated, and a hygrometer to make sure the humidity is correct. You might even get lucky and get a book thrown in with it that is supposed to tell you everything you need to know to properly care for your new pet.
Then you get home and set everything up only to realize you don’t have a clue what you’re doing. You can’t keep the temperature stable without dropping the humidity way to low. You get the humidity up and your substrate molds. In fact, you’re not even sure the cheap stick-on thermometer and hygrometer are even working properly.
But you keep trying and speaking of trying you’ve been trying to get your snake to eat for the past week. Twice a day you offer it a mouse, that has started to become more of a pet because you don’t know anything about feeding a pet snake.
Then one day you notice your shiny new snake looks like an old piece of luggage and its eyes are a grayish blue color. You start searching online and realize these are just signs that your snake is getting ready to shed it’s skin. After a few weeks it clears up and you see no shed so you start to get worried that your snake has eaten its shed skin.
A few days later you walk in and it has shed it’s skin. At least it has tried but because you didn’t have the proper humidity and didn’t make a humid hide patches of old skin are stuck all over your snake.
After all this trouble you’re starting to wonder why snakes make good pets. In fact, after it soiled its cage and you had to clean the tank for the first time you’re starting to think you might have made a big mistake getting a snake for a pet.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be like that. You can learn as much as possible before you buy a new snake. If you do that you’ll be far better educated than the typical new pet snake owner that ends up learning as they go.