Snakes are often seen as low-maintenance pets.
They don’t need to be taken for walks they don’t need to be fed every day and they don’t need a lot of space.
But just because snakes are low-maintenance that doesn’t mean they can be neglected.
Snakes still need care and attention and in this article we’re going to answer the question: how long can snakes be left alone?
How Long Can Snakes Go Without Food?
Adult snakes can usually go 3-4 weeks without food while juvenile snakes may need to be fed more frequently.
If you’re planning on going away for a few weeks and you don’t have anyone who can feed your snake while you’re gone it’s best to err on the side of caution and not leave your snake for more than 2 weeks without food.
How Long Can Snakes Go Without Water?
All snakes need access to water even desert-dwelling species.
Snakes will often soak in their water bowls so it’s important to make sure the bowl is large enough for your snake to comfortably soak in.
A good rule of thumb is to provide a bowl that is large enough for your snake to curl up in.
Most snakes need to be provided with fresh water every 1-2 weeks.
How Long Can Snakes Be Left In Their Enclosure?
This depends on the size of the enclosure and the number of snakes in it.
A general rule of thumb is to have at least 1 square foot of floor space per snake.
So if you have a 10-gallon tank it should only be home to one snake.
If you have a 20-gallon tank it could be home to two snakes and so on.
As for how often you should clean the enclosure this depends on the type of substrate you’re using.
If you’re using a substrate that can be easily cleaned such as newspaper you can clean the enclosure every 1-2 weeks.
If you’re using a substrate that is more difficult to clean such as sand you can clean the enclosure every 2-4 weeks.
In conclusion snakes are low-maintenance pets but they still need care and attention.
When it comes to food adult snakes can usually go 3-4 weeks without being fed while juvenile snakes may need to be fed more frequently.
When it comes to water all snakes need access to water and most snakes need to have their water bowl refreshed every 1-2 weeks.
When it comes to their enclosure the size of the enclosure and the number of snakes in it will determine how often it needs to be cleaned.