Many people find snakes scary and intimidating, while others keep them as pets in their homes. In any case, people can’t stay indifferent when it comes to snakes. According to official statistics, there are over 3000 different species of snakes on our planet. They live on all continents (except Antarctica). Even though many people consider snakes to be pests, they can actually be interesting and amusing.
Basic facts about snakes
Since there are so many different species of snakes it is quite natural that they come in different sizes. The smallest one is just 10 cm (4 inches) long while the longest can reach 9 meters (30 feet). It is interesting that not all snakes lay eggs. As a matter of fact, 30% of them give birth to live babies. Snakes have a specific diet – they eat only meat. So, despite the fact that some people consider them as pests, the fact is that they can help with smaller pests like rodents. Some of them poison their prey while others squeeze/suffocate their prey to death.
How long do snakes live?
“How long do snakes live” is a common question among animal lovers. As we already mentioned, with more than 3000 species it is quite difficult to give a straight answer to this question.
First of all, we will begin with some common pet snakes and their lifespan. Ball pythons, for example, live between 20 and 30 years, but with a good care, they can live more than 40 years. Corn snakes, which are another popular type of snake, live between 15 and 20 years when they are kept in captivity. The Burmese python, a well-known type of snake, lives more than 25 years in the wild, but when it is kept in captivity it usually lives for ten years. This is a rare case when animals live shorter when they are kept as pets. The fact that they demand special treatment when kept at home is one of the reasons why they live shorter. In addition, the carpet python lives between 20 and 30 years, Kingsnake between 15 and 25 and boa constrictor between 25 and 30 years.
When it comes to the species that are almost exclusively found in the wilderness we should mention that the King Cobra lives between 17 and 20 years while anacondas live about ten years.
Those who are interested in keeping a snake as a pet should know that there are few factors that affect the lifespan of every snake. One of the most important things is the snake cage. Snakes need a clean and dry cage even though there are some species that need access to water. Of course, this part should be separated and isolated from the others. The owner should also monitor the temperature and humidity in the place where the snakes live. Needless to say, their diet plays a crucial role. By learning more about the diet of the specific snake you have, you can make sure that the snake gets all the nutrients and lives a long life.