Here’s Why Your Snake hasn’t moved in days! (Explained)

Snake hasn’t moved in days

When a Snake hasn’t moved in days, it could indicate that it’s dead, injured, or unable to move. Unfortunately, snakes aren’t always easy to tell apart, so it’s best to check them out carefully. If you see signs of injury, take action immediately.

Like all pets, snakes are prone to a variety of diseases. Therefore, owners of snakes need to know everything they can about their pet’s behavior and how to maintain their pets healthily.

One of the most common concerns of new snake owners is why their pets aren’t moving. It’s usually not something to worry about and should not be concerned about.

But, it could also be an indication of more severe problems. Therefore, it’s essential to be aware of the Snake’s behavior to know whether to be worried or not.

This article will help you learn the various reasons that could cause your Snake not to move. Let’s begin!

Why Isn’t My Snake Moving?

Many reasons can cause your Snake to be sluggish or not driven to move as much. Most times, this is normal and is not something to worry about.

Do not forget that snakes earned their name because they’re known for curling to form a ball whenever insecure or shy.

Let’s look at the usual reasons that could cause your reptile to become irritable:

1. First can be the Changing of the New environment

If you’ve just brought home your new Snake, it’s going through some changes. The first few weeks after being introduced into a new environment are very stressful for any animal. This includes reptiles.

During these initial stages, the Snake may feel overwhelmed by its surroundings. In addition, it may be trying to find a place where it feels comfortable enough to relax.

However, if you notice that your Snake isn’t moving around as much as before, it might be because it doesn’t like the new environment.

2. Stress can be one of the reason

Stress is another factor that can make your Snake less active. For example, if you recently acquired a new snake, there’s a good chance it was stressed when it arrived at your house.

Therefore, it may be now feeling anxious and nervous. As such, it’s likely to want to hide from potential dangers.

3. It Might be your Snake is Sleeping

You may think that your Snake isn’t coming out of its hide or doesn’t move, but it’s probably sleeping. Remember that snakes sleep at night.

That means that while you’re at home having the best night’s sleep, the pet will be engaged and complete the day. Don’t be concerned when your pet spends time in its cage.

4. The preparation for shedding

As with many reptiles, a shed can be stressful for snakes. It consumes lots of energy, and they strive to save as much they can during the process.

It means your Snake may not be as active or eat as it did before beginning the shedding process. The Snake could spend most of the time curled up within its hide.

Snakes can go through a shedding cycle once every 4 to 10 weeks. It is a matter of preference based on size, age and health. They also vary in the rate at which they grow.

As time passes, you’ll begin to understand the timing and frequency of the Snake’s shed cycle. It would help if you remembered to stay clear of doing things that can create stress for your Snake.

This can include force-feeding or even handling it. Leave your pet to its own devices, even if it’s been hiding or not moving around a lot. This is normal before the shed.

You might also be interested in Do Snakes Eat Their Shed?

What to do if Snake hasn’t moved in days?

The following tips should help you determine what’s causing your Snake to be inactive:

1. Check the temperature

Checking the temperature of your Snake’s enclosure is a crucial step. If the temperature is too high, it could affect your Snake’s mood.

In extreme cases, the temperature can reach levels leading to heatstroke. Additionally, it’s essential to check the temperature of the room where your Snake lives. You don’t want to leave your pet in a hot room all day.

2. Clean the tank

If your Snake has been spending more time inside its hide, it may have become dirty. It would help if you cleaned your reptile’s tank to remove debris. Remember that this is something that needs to be done regularly. Otherwise, it can cause problems for your pet.

3. Change the water

Another reason your Snake may have stopped moving is due to changes in the water quality. Make sure that you change the water daily. Remember that the water should always be fresh and free of chemicals.

4. Feed your pet

If your Snake hasn’t been eating for several days, it may be hungry. Feed your pet twice a week. Your pet should receive a balanced diet that includes protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals. Furthermore, make sure that you feed them a variety of foods. Avoid feeding just one type of food.

5. Monitor your pet’s behavior

Monitor your pet’s behavior closely. If it seems like your pet isn’t acting normally, it could suffer from illness. Moreover, there are some signs that your pet might be sick. These include lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination and unusual behaviors.


In conclusion, Snake has been acting strangely lately. It’s stopped moving around his cage, won’t eat, and doesn’t seem interested in anything else but sleeping. Is it sick? Maybe It needs water. But if it’s hungry, it should have started eating again. What could be wrong? Well, perhaps It is pregnant. Or maybe It is just bored. Either way, you’d better check your pet snake before It’s starts biting off any parts of you that aren’t covered by his skin.



I'm Jennifer Mecham, worked for 7 years in an animal shelter in New York. I created this blog to educate people about these amazing creatures and to show them that reptiles can make great pets. Join me on this journey as we explore the world of reptiles.

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