Pet Insurance for your Snakes

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Pet Insurance for your Pet Snake

Today I thought we’d decipher the world of pet snake insurance and write an informative article to spread the word about some good news if you’re looking to insure your slithery companion.

I’ll be mainly talking about Australian Stimson’s Pythons as they are a fantastic non-venomous pet snake.

Firstly, here’s a little bit of information about Stimson’s Pythons, which are a great pet snake due to their great temperament.

What does a Stimson’s Python look like?

They have a pattern of golden to red-brown or chocolate-brown patches on a light tan to yellow background.   Often, they exhibit a stripe of blotch-free base color extending from either side of their neck, which can run for almost a third of the snake’s length.   Stimson’s pythons are among the smallest types of pythons, with most adults measuring approximately 34 inches in length.

1)    Habitat:   Stimson’s pythons are found in central and Western Australia, inhabiting arid grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and desert regions.

2)   Diet:   These pythons trap and asphyxiate their prey. They coil around their victims, preventing them from breathing.

3)   Reproduction:   Stimson’s pythons lay a clutch of 5 to 15 eggs, which the mother incubates for about 55 days by coiling herself around the eggs.   Youngster Stimson’s Pythons are actually really independent and tend to look after themselves.

Understanding Your Snake.

Before diving into insurance specifics, let’s appreciate the fascinating world of snakes:

Facts and Characteristics:   Snakes lack eyelids and external ears.  They have only one functional lung.   Snakes don’t blink but have a thin membrane called a ‘brille’ to protect their eyes.   Snakes are cold-blooded creatures rely on external factors to regulate body temperature.

I’m very envious of snakes as they can sleep up to 16 hours a day, even more in winter and I’m lucky to get 4-5 hours a night.   While snakes they don’t experience emotions like humans, they exhibit reflexes and even express joy when petted or fed.   So although they might be cold-blooded, they do warm up to us.

While stimson’s pythons they may not be as famous as some other snake species, Stimson’s Pythons play an essential role in Australia’s diverse ecosystem.

Pet Snake Insurance: A Guide for Responsible Snake Owners

Why does Pet Snake Insurance Matter?

If you are a proud owner (Pet Parent) of a Stimson’s python, you understand the unique joys of having a reptilian companion. These limbless wonders bring a sense of mystery and tranquillity to our lives. But what happens when your scaly friend needs medical attention? That folks is where pet snake insurance steps in.

The Very Niche World of Snake Insurance

While pet insurance is common for cats and dogs, snake insurance is a bit more elusive. Don’t Panic People!

Thankfully, there is one specialist pet insurer that recognizes the need for us to be able to insure exotic animals, including our slithering friends.   

Petcover Group is one of Australia’s leading pet insurance providers. They offer plans for exotic pets, including snakes, so they immediately get a 5 Star rating from me.   You can get a quote from them and they are very good to deal with and have good quality customer service and pride themselves on quick claim processing.  Their policies can be very comprehensive.

Petcover Group for certain types of cover might not be cheap, but let’s face it, it’s not as though there’s any other option for snakes.   They are the only ones that I could come across that would provide insurance for snakes.   The wording around their policies takes a bit of navigating but I think that’s just the nature of things when it comes to exotic pet insurance.   Consider their Premier Coverage plans for comprehensive coverage for your pet snake.

You will find that they offer a good variety of plans and one of them should end up suiting your needs and budget with a little luck.   Their pet insurance cover includes veterinary fees, alternative and complementary treatment, advertising and reward in case of a missing pet, and much more.

You can find Petcover Group in Sydney and Melbourne, they may well have other offices too.

Their Sydney office is located in Chatswood, the address is 9/465 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067.   Their office hours are:   Monday-Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, they are closed on the weekends.

For those people camped out south of the border, you can find Petcover Group at: 1/3 Smolic Ct, Tullamarine VIC 3043. Their office hours are:   Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

You can ring Petcover Group via: 1300 738 268 and check out their website at: https://www.petcovergroup.com/au/

Licensing and Responsible Ownership

Don’t forget, owning a pet snake comes with responsibilities:

a)    Licensing: Check local regulations. Snakes often require licenses, especially if they’re native to your region.

b)   Proper Care: Research housing, temperature control, feeding, and handling.

c)    Health Awareness: Understand common health issues and seek professional advice.

The Financial Safety Net

Imagine the peace of mind knowing that your snake’s well-being is financially covered. Pet snake insurance ensures you can provide timely medical care without breaking the bank.

Spread the Word

Now that you’re a little more knowledgeable, share your findings with other snake enthusiasts. Let us emphasise the significance of responsible pet ownership as well as the necessity of snake insurance. After all, our scaly friends deserve the best!   A little insurance goes a long way, whether your stimson’s python slithers through the grass, curls up in its cosy inclosure, or makes itself very comfortable on or around you whilst you’re watching TV.

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