Becoming a Successful Snake Breeder

Becoming a successful snake breeder is not the easier thing in the work and Cristopher Cristia has learned from the ground up starting with the essentials every snake breeder needs to know before starting. 


‘Knowledge is everything,’ Cristopher Cristia says ‘snakes are reptiles and reptiles are notorious for having problems in adapting to new environments. If they cannot adapt they don’t feel comfortable and if they don’t feel comfortable they won’t mate and it doesn’t matter how good a cage you have or how much money you spend on this and that – if the whole of the environment is not right the magic won’t happen.’

Cristopher Cristia – Highly Skilled Snake Breeder


The good snake breeder relies on getting the following right:


  •  How to create a cage environment for your snakes

  • Ambient temperatures (remember snakes do not just like to be warm, they need to be warm) and these temperatures could vary depending upon the type of snake and the area in which you live

  • Humidity

  •  Clear seasonal cycles

  • Day and night cycles

  • Feeding program

  • Disease prevention program including (but not limited to)

    • Overhandling avoidance

    • How and when to introduce a wild species to cage life

    • Bacterial, viral and parasitic infection and how to know the difference

  • How to incubate eggs


Before starting as a snake breeder – don’t go it alone

Snakes are living creatures and as such are under our care when we take them into our homes. Therefore you must understand the natural environment of your chosen snake. If you do not recreate his artificial environment as close as possible to his natural ecosystem, your snake is unlikely to breed and may not thrive at all.


Male or Female? Check the Tail

Generally speaking, you can tell a male and female snake by the shape of the tail and to understand what serves as the tail of a snake (it’s pretty much all tail, right?) is to check along the underside of the snake, away from the head and you will find an opening. This opening is known as a cloaca. So the tail is measured from the cloaca to the tip of the back end.


So, friends, the rule is: Male snake has a thick tail that remains thick to the end. And the female snake has a thinner tail and tapers evenly to a point.


If you are a novice and you need to use any other technique to determine the sex of your snake be sure to enlist the help of a professional 


Take professional guidance from one professional and knowledgeable individual to ascertain as to whether your snake breed of choice requires hibernation before he is ready to mate or whether that breed of snake can breed at any time of year, such as corn snakes. Some snakes such as boas, sea snakes and vipers give birth to live young but most snakes lay eggs which then require to be incubated.


Because becoming a snake breeder is an exact science and there are many pitfalls, there is no ‘one size fits all’ here so to avoid failure, disappointment or the unnecessary deaths of any of these beautiful reptiles please contact me, Cristopher Cristia, with any questions you may have on your snakes or on becoming a snake breeder yourself and I will do my best to help.