Keeping venomous snakes as pets

Housing venomous snakes

You must protect snakes from predators, disease, pain, distress, suffering and injury.

Venomous snakes must be kept in lockable, escape-proof enclosures at all times. 

A snake should be able to stretch out to its full body length inside the enclosure and have access to a hide box or shelter.

All category 2 and 3 snakes must be kept in a locked, escape-proof room. You must control access to this room and accompany any visitors.

Find out more about housing by reading caring for snakes.

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Last updated: 17 April 2020

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