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Snakes are fascinating creatures that can survive in most environments–and even swim in the water! Some strangle their food to death, and others use venom. Therefore, every snake owner should know how to feed a snake correctly.

Before you feed your snake, you should find a food source that meets its nutritional needs. Feeding a snake properly also means providing them the food in the manner that they prefer.

Keep reading as we cover three different methods for feeding a snake.

How to Feed a Snake: Leave the Food in the Cage

Depending on your species of snake, in some cases, you can just leave the food. Buy frozen rats here, then deposit them into their habitat. Then watch as they devour it, or just go on about your business.

To keep the cage clean, consider using a plate to place it on. If you use something as a food holder, then avoid using this to eat on later. Keep that plate as the designated food depository for your snake.

If you feed a snake that won’t eat, just leave the food there for a while. Give them time to eat at their own convenience. In some rare cases, such as if they are shedding, they may delay in eating it.

Use a Separate Container As a Feeding Space

The main reason you would want to use a different space for feeding is to train the snake. It creates a Pavlovian response so they understand when it’s feeding time. Otherwise, they may mistake you opening the cage as a time to eat when your intention is something else.

This can be a good option for those who are concerned about snakebites. It’s also a great way to get comfortable with your snake in the early months of ownership.

Feed the Snake Directly

Sometimes, snakes want a bit of challenge with their food. Dead rodents may not be that appetizing. If you feed a snake frozen mice that you purchase, then you can consider using tongs.

Tongs prevent the snake from biting you and allow you to make the mouse move as if it were alive. Wiggle the rodent around to give the appearance that it’s a scared mouse trying to escape. However, avoid force-feeding a snake that is eating readily.

This is the ideal option if you have a poisonous snake. Even if the snake does not intentionally bite you, it could accidentally puncture your skin in the process. Further, an overeager snake may not wait for you to set the food down in the cage.

Feed Your Snake Properly

Now that you know how to feed a snake, you are ready to form a bond with your pet. Make sure you have the right type of diet, and then use one of the above methods. Allow your snake to eat only when it feels like it, and avoid force-feeding.

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