Inclusion Body Disease

Inclusion Body Disease (IBD) is the one word which strikes fear into the hearts of all boa and python keepers as it is incurable and ultimately always leads to death. It is also a very unpleasant illness causing great suffering in the snake before death or humane euthanasia. Unfortunately, as …

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Keeping Milk Snakes as Pets

Milk Snakes are closely related to King Snakes although slightly less common, and as such, many aspects of their care and husbandry is similar. They are so named because of their powerful constricting ability and the corresponding myth about milking cows. Most adults are 25-30 inches in length, although a …

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Keeping Sand Boas as Pets

The growing success of captive breeding, particularly amongst a dedicated group of sand boa enthusiasts, means that these fascinating and unusual snakes are now becoming much more frequently seen on dealers lists and even in specialist pet shops than ever before. There are many things that they are not; they’re …

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Snakes and Snake Bites

As every snake-keeper knows, once your friends and colleagues find out your choice of pets, it’s only a matter of time before someone turns the conversation around to poisonous snakes and the dangers of snake-bite. Despite the widely held – and entirely untrue – belief that all snakes can deal …

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The Sense Organs of Snakes

Like other animals, snakes rely on their senses to know what’s going on around them, but much of the structure of their sense organs is quite different – and in some case, entirely unique. Although we can speculate about the evolution of snakes, exactly why they developed their particular approaches …

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