Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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Snake Husbandry

NNTRC Snake Husbandry
  • All snakes are housed individually in 24" x 13" (or larger) Neodesha plastic enclosures equipped with securely locking safety-glass covers. (Bush Herpetological Supply)
  • The bottoms of the enclosures are covered with kraft paper and stamped with the date it was last cleaned.
  • Each enclosure is cleaned at least once a week.
  • Soiled enclosures are cleaned in a high-power, specially designed washer built by Schlyer machine.
  • Each snake has a hide-away box and a water dish.
  • Animals are inspected each day by a technician.
  • All snakes are maintained on a bi-weekly diet of euthanized, frozen mice.
  • Snakes are allowed to hibernate in a specially designed room which can mimic winter by dropping to 50ºF any time of the year. Hibernation is important to any snake breeding program.
  • Size-allowing, NNTRC snakes are tagged with RF chips inside their sensory pits, providing each animal with a unique Avid number used to identify their venom samples.
  • All animals under the care of the NNTRC Serpentarium follow the guidelines of the USDA and the TAMUK Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  • Snakes are donated by herpetologists, zoos, and local residents, or when possible, picked up by NNTRC employees from areas near the Center. If you live in the Kingsville, Texas area and would like to see if the NNTRC can provide a home for a venomous snake you have found, please call (361) 593-2643.

This page was last updated on: December 12, 2013