Snakes are not the easiest pets to keep, but if you are adamant, keep these in mind:
- If you are considering keeping a snake as a pet, choose a common species that does not require specialised care or housing (ideally a captive-bred individual) and about which adequate information exists.
- Acquire all necessary housing equipment and facilities before bringing the animal home.
- Having decided what sort and species of snake you want, learn as much as possible about the species by reading all the available literature before you buy.
- Making contact with a respected snake keeper and/or visiting a facility to learn as much as possible about the requirements would be in your and your snake’s best interest.
Also, keep in mind that licensing is a requirement if you want to keep a snake, with specified conditions in certain provinces in South Africa. Also, reptiles must only be sourced from licensed owners and dealers.