Advice to urban dwellers who have pet snakes?
For some urban dwellers, snakes make ideal pets. Many snake species require a small amount of space, do not have to be taken on walks, are completely quiet, and are easy to care for. They eat every one-three weeks, so as long as they have proper housing, temperatures, and clean water to drink, an owner can go away for 2-3 weeks and their snake will be fine. However, snakes are often called "Houdinis" due to their ability to escape from a non-secure or improper cage. Leave a lid unlatched or partially open and they will escape. It is important to have proper caging and to have secondary confinement. Make sure the room where the snake is maintained is escape proof. This may mean door sweeps under the door (kept closed) and room vents that are screened to keep the snake in the room if it ever gets out of its cage. When you take on any pet you are responsible for its health and well-being.