The following few paragraphs are going to try to give a more specific answer to the question – what do snakes eat? It one of the questions asked quite often. One of the most general answers is that snakes eat every animal they can defeat or swallow. Well, although it is true it is not quite correct. Another answer we may get to this question actually depends of the type of snakes.
Snakes eat animals which make them predators. And the eating habits of all types of snakes vary drastically. Some of them eat insects, fish, birds, eggs, while there are certain types of snakes which can eat deer, pigs, and even crocodiles. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
Certain types of snakes have specific eating habits. While most of them will eat everything they can kill or swallow, there is one specific type of snake, a crayfish snake, which eats only crayfish or the African egg-eating snakes.
What do snakes eat in captivity?
Of course there is also a difference between the eating habits of snakes kept in captivity and snakes that live in the nature. Of course every snake keeper tries to imitate the natural eating habits of the specific type of snake it keeps, but this is not always achievable. In captivity people are often confused whether to give live or frozen food to their pets. Well, since there were cases where the pets have been injured or even killed by aggressive rodents. So if you are concerned for the safety of your pet it is always advised to feed them with frozen food.
Of course you can purchase vegetarian food for your pet snake if you don’t want to feed them with mice or smaller rats. However, this is completely wrong and against nature and your pet snake won’t enjoy these meals.