How much does it cost to feed a pet snake for one month?

One of the many benefits of owning a snake is how low-maintenance they can be. Not only that, but they’re also surpsingly affordable (after the initial set costs) . Both of these qualities make snakes ideal pets for time or cash-strapped animal lovers. Need proof? Feeding is an ongoing expense that all pet owners must contend with. With a traditional pet like a dog or cat, this can quickly become costly. Not the case with snakes! The casual reptile-lover with an average-sized snake likely won’t pay more than pay more than $30 a month out of pocket, but it can be as little as $15. However, there a number of factors that can determine precisely how much the cost will be, here’s what they are: 

Snake Size

The bigger the snake, the more it will eat–that’s a no-brainer. But we’re not just talking about the length of the snake but its width. The rule of thumb when it comes to determining how much to feed your snake is to ensure that the food (typically a rodent, in rarer cases, an egg) is no larger than the snake’s widest point. Otherwise, a snake runs the risk of choking on their food, or vomiting from indigestion, which is also a choking hazard. The price of rodents is proportionate to their size so smaller rodents mean less cost.

Snake Age 

A trend you’ll find throughout the animal kingdom (including humans) is that the youngest of a species will need to eat more often. While the exact amount will vary by species, in general, juvenile snakes will Eat more than their mature adult counterparts. Let’s take a look at ball python eating habits for a better example of this. Once reaching adulthood, a ball python only needs to eat once every 7 to 10 days and can sometimes go even longer once they are several years old. The newly hatched and juvenile ball pythons however, will need to eat once every 3 to 4 days.

When a snake needs to eat most frequently it is when they will eat the smallest of prey which Will be less expensive. Large mice or rats (or whatever type of rodent you use) might be more expensive but this is balanced out by being less frequent feedings.

Type of Food

Aside from needing to choose the size of the mice or rats being used, a snake owner must also decide in what condition to provide said rodents: Frozen or live. There are benefits to either (both sides have staunch supporters). However when it comes to cost, frozen rodents are the clear winner of being the most affordable. When you purchase a live rodent that cost includes the expenses of keeping it alive, food, housing, etc. 

Frozen rodents are (ethically) pre-killed and pre-packaged; being easy to store as well as cost-effective. And since frozen rats and mice can be stored for up to six months, it allows you to only use the amount of food that you need and minimizing food waste.

Emma Thompson

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