We’re aware that some people may shriek at the idea of opening up their life to a slithering snake, but bear with us: snakes can be the most lovely, loyal emotional support animals around. Snakes are absolutely fascinating animals and owning one can also get you a lot of cool points for your reputation. Here’s why we think you should get yourself an emotional support snake.
A common misconception that people have about snakes is that they’re super high-maintenance due to the fact that they’re an exotic animal. However, this could not be further from the truth. Once you do your research and know exactly what not to do with your emotional support snake, looking after one is really easy. Snake ownership is not complex like some other exotic animals. The most important thing to do if you want your new snake to be an emotional support animal is to get them an emotional support animal letter. Without an ESA letter, you won’t be able to benefit from the many rights and privileges that having an ESA affords you.
Another way in which snakes are super low-maintenance is in the fact that they don’t require a lot of time dedication to be happy. Snakes are perfectly content to do their own thing once you keep them fed and watered. They don’t need the same attention and care that other emotional support animals do, so they’re perfectly independent pets.
They don’t take up much room
Snakes’ lives are confined nearly entirely to their tanks, so an emotional support snake wouldn’t take up that much room in your home. Snakes make perfect emotional support animals for people living in small homes or apartments for this reason. However, it is important that you give your snake a tank that’s big enough for them to live happily and comfortably inside of. For most pet breeds, a meter-long tank should be enough. Snake tanks are usually elevated, so you might want to get a stand for them to go onto as well.
Like other pets, how much a snake costs depends on what breed you want. If you’re a first time snake owner, it’s advisable to buy a small, inexpensive breed. Once you have the first purchase over and done with, you’ll notice how cheap they are to keep, and once you get your ESA letter through Moosh, that won’t be too pricey either. Snakes don’t need leads, grooming kits, or any other upkeep items, so they’re not the big burden on your wallet that some other emotional support animals can be.
They’re not dangerous
The most common argument against having a snake as an emotional support animal is that they’re dangerous. Well, we’re here to disprove that fact. All the types of snakes that are legally for sale in the United States are non-venomous. That means that even in the unlikely event that they bite you, there’s not a chance that you’ll get poisoned.
When you buy an emotional support snake, it’s likely that they’ll be of the constricting variety. These types of snakes are ideal for first time snake owners as they’ll never grow too big. The only risk your emotional support snake could pose to you is hygienic. Some snakes carry salmonella bacteria, so it’s super important that you wash your hands with disinfectant every time you handle your slithery friend.
Unlike some other creatures kept as emotional support animals, snakes are completely odorless pets. Their smooth skin has no smell at all, making them perfect emotional support animals for those owners with sensitive noses or chronic stomach illnesses that can be exacerbated by bad smells. Even keeping your snake’s enclosure clean is super easy due to the fact that they defecate relatively infrequently. Clean your snake’s enclosure of urine, faeces, and uneaten food every two days and you’ll keep your home smelling nice and fresh.
Sure, people claim that some breeds of cats and dogs are hypoallergenic, but the fact is, the only truly hypoallergenic emotional support animals are fish and reptiles. Now, I know what you’re going to say: “But my emotional support cat is hairless…” It is a common misconception that a hairless cat is hypoallergenic, as cat allergens live in the oil on the cat’s skin, not their hair. By getting an emotional support snake instead of a cat, you’re guaranteeing that you won’t be exposed to those nasty allergens.
Snakes aren’t for everyone, but we’re sure all of those who have them as emotional support animals will attest to their loyal, loving nature. If you like the idea of having an emotional support snake, but you’re still a little scared, head to your local pet store and check some out in the flesh. We guarantee you that you won’t be as scared when you hold one.
If you already have a snake in your life and want them to get ESA certification, get in touch with us today and we’ll organize for your slippery friend to get their own ESA letter.