CARE And Maintenance

Welcome to the HVH care page. We’ve tried to create a comprehensive information center with content targeted for the novice keeper all the way up to the experienced breeder. From the basics of snake care to a detailed review of husbandry practices, from common health problems to detailed species by species care sheets, we hope there is a little here for everyone. Most importantly, though, we hope the information found here can help people keep their snake companions healthy, happy, and stress free!

Woman Holding Snake
Why Own a Pet Snake?
  • Caring for a pet snake can be a wonderfully rewarding experience, but it’s not for everyone. Here’s what you need to know...
Selecting a Pet Snake
  • How you select your pet snake can play a big role in how successful you’ll be. .
A Natural Display
  • A great idea, but be prepared...
Housing Your Snake
  • Caging Options
  • Bredding Options
  • Lighting
  • Heat Sources
  • Temperature Control
Maintaning Your Snake
  • Temperatures
  • Light Cycles
  • Humidity
  • Water
  • Cleaning

Animal husbandry is the controlled cultivation, management, and production of domestic animals, including improvements of the qualities considered desirable by humans by means of breeding (E. Britannica). For a more detailed discussion of the history of animal husbandry, please click here. Below is some information on husbandry as it relates to pythons.

Getting Started
  • The Basics
  • Sex Determination
  • Strategy
  • Cooling Cyles
  • Photo Period
  • Weather
Breeding Season
  • Pairing
  • Courtship
  • Follicles
  • Ovulation
  • Palpation
  • Ultrasound
  • Egg Anatomy
Getting Eggs
  • Removing Eggs
  • Egg Viability
  • Artificial Incubation
  • Maternal Incubations
  • Handling Eggs
  • Egg Hatching
  • Neonate Care
Reptile Health Center
Basics
  • Medical Resources
  • Finding a Vet
  • Hygiene
  • Symptoms to Watch
General Health Issues
  • Feeding / Nutrition
  • Stuck Sheds
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Snake Mites
  • Other Parasites
  • Bacteria
  • Viral Infections
  • IBD