snakes alive have been providing reptile and small animal boarding for exotic animals since 2008 so whether you need care for your animal whilst you are on holiday, moving home or perhaps in need of some respite do not hesitate to contact us. 


Our boarding facility is run from a purpose built animal room in our back garden which benefits from a high level of supervision. Enclosures are maintained to a high standard and are adapted to suit each occupant's individual requirements no matter the size or habitat. As with all our animals welfare and enclosure checks are performed and documented daily for your peace of mind. If your animal requires medicine or medical treatment we are also able to offer this with your permission and discretion. 

This high level of personal care comes at the flat rate of £4.50 per animal, per day; we even offer a 10% discount on multiple animals sharing an enclosure. To make life even easier we can collect and drop your animal off to your home* and will even perform home visits to care for animals you are unable to transport*. Unfortunately our insurance doesn't cover the care of cats or dogs. 

*Additional fees apply. 


We have a variety of enclosures to enable us to care for a variety of different sized snakes and will always adapt them with features to best suit your animal.

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Going away can be a hectic time so we can transport your animals to and from your premise at a time convenient to you for an additional fee. 


Suitable enclosures all equipped with individual thermostats to regulate the perfect environment for your animal.

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If you have a number of different animals or something you are unable to relocate, we can visit your home to care for your animal for an additional fee.

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Not only do we provide indoor enclosures with their own heat regulation we have a number of outdoor tortoise runs.

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If your animal requires medicine or medical treatment we are happy to provide this treatment at your discretions. 


We can provide enclosures for spiders and other mini-beasts upon request but prefer you to bring your own. These will all be kept in a suitable space and monitored daily. 

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We have some room to accommodate the care of other small animals to prevent the need for you to find alternative arrangements; unfortunately we can not care for cats or dogs.  Please contact to discuss. 


We have individually controlled enclosures so we can regulate the optimum temperature and daylight hours each occupant receives. Daily care and feeding is specialised for the species alongside your recommendations. 

You are welcome to come and view the enclosures prior to boarding your animal. Feel free to email us to discuss when is convenient. 


Having run at Zoo standards for five years and holding the Performing Animals Licence we promptly received our 5* Animal Activities Licence (AAL) when the law was passed and are regulated by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. This licence helps demonstrates our dedication to animal care, welfare and hygiene standards. 


By providing home-based animal boarding we can provide around the clock care for your animals. This is particularly beneficial for nocturnal animals that are not always seen or active during the daytime. Late night and early morning checks allow for more natural routines and enables us to notice changes in behaviour and health quicker.  

Thank you for taking in the missing tortoise we found at such short notice. Not knowing if it required specialist care your professionalism assured us it would be well looked after until the owners were located. Thankfully the tortoise was returned in good health thanks to your kindness. Much appreciated."

© 2020 by SNAKES ALIVE LTD.   95 Westbury Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, England, United Kingdom. AAL License number 19/00178/aperf

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