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Do Tentacled Snakes Make Good Pets?

Brooke Billingsley

The Tentacled Snake is a bizarre, aquatic snake that is growing in popularity in the reptile keeping community. They are interesting to watch and have a highly effective ambush hunting style. Little is known about these snakes, so owning them can be a great opportunity to experience an animal that science has limited knowledge of. Your observations of your snake’s habits and behaviors could even lead to advancements in the understanding of the species. However, being unusual and interesting doesn’t necessarily mean these snakes make good pets!snake divider 2

Do Tentacled Snakes Make Good Pets?

Well, that depends!

What are you looking for in a pet? Are you looking for a pet that will hang out on the couch with you or a pet that brings an unusual touch to your home? Some people want a pet that requires daily handling and care, while others want something a little more on the low-maintenance side. How “good” these snakes are as pets is determined entirely by what you expect from them.

What You Need to Know about Tentacled Snakes

Tentacled Snakes are aquatic snakes that spend their entire lives in the water. Most people report never seeing their Tentacled Snakes leave the water to bask, instead only coming to the surface for air before returning underwater. These snakes do not survive long out of water, so if your expectation is a snake that you will be able to handle and take places with you, then the Tentacled Snake isn’t for you.

Handling can be stressful for these snakes, leading to illness and a shortened life expectancy. Even handling them underwater can be stressful for them, making them better kept as a hands-off type of pet. However, that’s not to say your snake won’t require your attention daily. You’ll need to ensure your snake has access to food throughout the day and you’ll also need to regularly check the tank to make sure the tank itself doesn’t need your attention.

Do Tentacled Snakes Do Well in Captivity?

These snakes seem to do well in captivity when kept by people who understand their needs. They need warm, acidic water, which can be difficult for some people to achieve. All in all, they do well in captivity, though. They eat well, exhibit normal hunting behaviors, and even begin to breed. Many people report their Tentacled Snakes living to 9–10 years old, or older. They do require a commitment to providing them proper care, though. Simply buying some Tentacled Snakes and tossing them into an aquarium isn’t going to create a home that allows the snakes to thrive. Be prepared to commit to setting up an acceptable enclosure for your snake or snakes and be prepared for the expense of purchasing or raising live food.

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In Conclusion

Tentacled Snakes aren’t the best snake option for just anybody, but they can be excellent pets to people who understand their needs and are committed to providing them with great care. They are a long-term commitment and should be treated with gentleness and respect to ensure they live a long, healthy life. Understanding what type of pet, you are bringing home when you get a Tentacled Snake will help you provide it with the best care possible, giving it a long, happy life, and enriching your own home in the process.


Featured Image Credit: Tentacled snake baby,Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Flickr, Attribution CC 2.0

Brooke Billingsley

Brooke Billingsley spent nine years as a veterinary assistant before becoming a human nurse in 2013. She resides in Arkansas with her boyfriend of five years. She loves all animals and currently shares a home with three dogs, two cats, five fish, and two snails. She has a soft spot for special needs animals and has a three-legged senior dog and an internet famous cat with acromegaly and cerebellar hypoplasia. Fish keeping has become a hobby of Brooke’s and she is continually learning how to give her aquarium pets the best life possible. Brooke enjoys plants and gardening and keeps a vegetable garden during the summer months. She stays active with yoga and obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2020. She hosts a podcast focusing on folklore and myth and loves spending her free time researching and writing. Brooke believes that every day is an opportunity for learning and growth and she spends time daily working toward new skills and knowledge.