Snakes do sleep at night, but determining whether a snake is asleep or awake isn’t always so easy. Snakes don’t have eyelids, so a sleeping snake will look like it is glaring at you (even though it’s actually just asleep). In the wild, snakes choose locations to sleep in that are protected from predators, such as beneath rocks, logs, in crevices, or in abandoned houses.
They may even burrow into leaf litter to help them stay warm. Typically, the temperature of the surrounding environment is the biggest factor in where snakes will decide to sleep, but they are also driven by their need for moisture and food.
As cold-blooded animals, snakes need to conserve their energy and heat in order to survive the winter. To do this, they need to slow down, eat less, and enter a state similar to hibernation. This period is called brumation, and it can last anywhere from a few weeks to four months. During brumation, a snake will only wake up for food, water, and to bask.
In the case of pet snakes, they will usually go to sleep where they feel safest. This is why it’s so important to ensure that your snake has a safe and secure enclosure and hiding spot to rest in at night. It is also important to provide your snake with plenty of time for sleep to ensure that it has a good quality of life. Reptiles that are sleep deprived will be more stressed and agitated, which can have a negative impact on their health.