Can Snakes Drink Cold Water?

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It’s a common question asked by snake owners and those considering getting a snake as a pet. The answer is yes snakes can drink cold water. In fact they can drink water that is at room temperature or even slightly cooler.

However it’s important to note that snakes don’t have to drink water to survive. They get the majority of the water they need from the food they eat. In the wild snakes eat small mammals reptiles amphibians and birds. These animals are mostly made up of water so when a snake eats one of them it is getting a good amount of moisture.

In captivity snakes are usually fed a diet of frozen/thawed mice or rats. This diet provides the snake with enough moisture that it doesn’t need to drink water from a bowl.

Some snake owners choose to offer their pet snake a bowl of water even though it isn’t necessary. If you do offer your snake a bowl of water make sure it is shallow enough that the snake can’t drown in it. A bowl with a diameter that is about the same as the snake’s body is a good size.

If you live in an area with hard water it’s a good idea to use distilled or reverse osmosis water for your snake’s bowl. This will help to prevent scale buildup in the bowl and on the snake.

It’s also important to clean the bowl regularly. Snakes can be messy drinkers and often defecate in their water bowl. A bowl that is not cleaned regularly can become a breeding ground for bacteria and other parasites.

If you choose to offer your snake a bowl of water make sure it is shallow enough that the snake can’t drown in it. A bowl with a diameter that is about the same as the snake’s body is a good size.

If you live in an area with hard water it’s a good idea to use distilled or reverse osmosis water for your snake’s bowl. This will help to prevent scale buildup in the bowl and on the snake.

It’s also important to clean the bowl regularly. Snakes can be messy drinkers and often defecate in their water bowls. A bowl that is not cleaned regularly can become a breeding ground for bacteria and other parasites.