Topic: What kind of Snake should I get?
June 24, 2019 / By Adena Question:
So yeah, my birthday is coming up and my Dad said he would get me a Snake.
The problem is I don't know the first thing about Snakes, besides they eat mice, lol. What's a good first Snake?
I want something large, but not HUGE (over 5 feet), I want a Snake I can wear around my neck while I do my homework, one that likes to be handled a lot.
Tel | 7 days ago
First off; please do a LOT of research before deciding on a snake species. They take a lot of individual care, so please pick up some books on the subject and read up like crazy on the internet. Here is a great book for random snake information, and here is a website on snakes as pets, to give you somewhere to start. :)
As far as individual species go; I'd highly recommend a Rosy boa. They are one of my personal favorites, and meet your requirements quite well, particularly a female as males are a tad on the smaller side. :)
They are incredibly docile, one of the easiest snake species I’ve ever cared for, small (under 5 feet) come in several different colors and localities, and all around are a wonderful (albeit often overlooked) snake. I've owned a few of them, so I’ll type out a short general care sheet; hopefully this will provide the information you’ll need should you consider one of these guys.
Temperament: They are very calm, slow-moving snakes. Generally quite docile, most are fine with handling, and they rarely, if ever, bite people. Mine have all been content to find a comfortable place on my hand, neck or lap and just hang out, unlike Colubrids (like King snakes and Corn snakes), which always seem to have somewhere to go. ;)
Life expectancy: When properly cared for, a Rosy boa can live 20+ years in captivity.
Size: Males average 1.5-2.5 feet, females are generally 2.5-3.5 feet, some a tad larger, but never more then 4 feet.
Feeding: start babies on mice pinks, and build up to one large mouse per week for adults. The general rule of thumb is to feed a rodent about the same in diameter as the widest part of your snake’s body. They are generally quite enthusiastic feeders; I have never had one that was a reluctant eater.
Humidity: This is a really low humidity desert species. A small water dish is fine on the cool side of the tank, but misting is completely unnecessary for these guys.
Temperature: Mine have done best with a basking temperature in the high eighties, around 87-89 degrees, with an ambient (background) temperature of 77-80. This can be achieved by use of under-tank heating pads, incandescent heat bulbs, or ceramic heat emitters.
Cage size: a 20 gallon tank is ideal for a single adult, but a 10 gallon is adequate. Just make SURE the lid of the cage is very secure, as these guys are amazing escape artists.
Substrate: Mine have done best on eco-earth by zoo-med, as long as it is COMPLETELY dry before putting it in my snake's cage. Paper towels, aspen bedding, or even reptile sand (as long as you feed your snake in a separate container to prevent sand ingestion) also works very well.
Other good species of snake would be Kenyan Sand boas, male Ball pythons and Childrens Pythons. King snakes and Corn snakes are great, but they won't stay on you and are constantly moving (so they wouldn't stay around your neck during homework), and Red Tailed Boas/Boa Constrictors are also wonderful but they are NOT a good first time snake. They get 6-13 feet long and have some relatively difficult care needs.
I hope this helps, and if you’d like any more information snakes in general, on the care and maintenance of this species or any of the other species I named (or would like to see pictures of my own snakes); please feel free to message me and I’d be more than happy to assist you. :)
I would go with a columbian red tailed boa, they do get a bit on the large size, but if you start with a baby they get used to being handled and are willing to just hang around. I had one that I used to take naps with. But please buy a book or go on line to get the proper care and feeding instructions.
I think a ball python would be the best because it is the easiest and cheapest python to care for and pythons look cool. It also doesn't need much room.
Well you should probably start with a garter, water or ribbon snake. I know they don't get big but they are the best beginner snakes. Most garter snakes are calm and very rarely bite. . Garters do have a very week venom though, it's just enough to make the bite red and itchy unless you have an allergic reaction but there is a 1 in a million chance of that.
No matter you hear, a Ball Python is not a good beginner snake. Most of them have eating problems and starve to death within the first few months of life.
My ultimate suggestion is to go to the library or get on google and find out as much as you can about snakes and the kinds you are thinking about getting.
I hope this helps you some.
If you have more questions feel free to e-mail me.
-Edit- Also you need to know how to care for whatever snake you choose before you get it so you can have everything set up before hand. it is important to have every ting before you get the snake you can't put it in a box and say I'll get the tank later, then I'll get the heat lamp.... it needs it before hand otherwise it could get sick and die. thats one of the many reason I say do research first.
Dude if the only thing that you know about snakes is they eat mice you need to take a trip to the library and do some research. ok now you dont want a big snake cause bigger your more food and more cost but corn snake is a great starter youll need a ten gallon heat lamp bedding materal water dish and locks for the cage they will get about 5 feet and eat baby mice called pinkys until it gets about 2-3 feet and it will go to full grown mice now you can do the rest of you research.
Corn snake deff.
I have a few. If you get them as babies and handle them a lot they are the sweetest. They dont get really big. And with there care...make sure you have a big enough tank for the first few months you may need to get another as it grows. 2. dont get a heating rock..if they lay on it to long which is a high possible they can burn. 3.if it is little start with pinky mice which are baby mice. If your not sure when to put it on a regular mouse take it to a pet store which you can bring it in for them to see. And make sure you have a sperate tank for it to eat in...if you feed them in there regualer cage they can get aggesive when you go to take them out thinking your going to feed them,(yes. it can get dangores i have been there done that). When you get from wherever or whoever make sure you no what day it is fed. Most snakes are fed once a week. And clean there cage about once a week to and before you play with it wash your hands and after too. Well best of luck.=D.