Inner South Veterinary Centre
47 Jerrabomberra Ave
- 1800 785 330
Looking after a snake is a long-term commitment and requires a significant amount of planning, research and money to create a suitable habitat that will keep your reptile healthy for a long time.
The first step should be deciding which species you are interested in. Then you need to do research on their housing, feeding and health care requirements. The pet shops in Canberra that specialise in reptiles usually have a great range of literature to help you. Remember, all snakes kept in the ACT require a licence which can be obtained from the TAMS website.
Regular health checks
We recommend annual or twice annual health checks to ensure that hidden diseases do not become serious and to provide you with the latest information on caring for your snake. We can provide reminders for this service.Sick snakes and lizards often exhibit disease which is undetectable to the owner in the early stages. Veterinarians can often detect illness in snakes before visible symptoms develop.
Signs of Serious Disease in Snakes – these warrant a veterinary examination
Other reasons to take your snake to the vet:
- Post purchase health checks – should be done within seven days of purchase
- Advice about feeding and husbandry
- Regular worming