This article provides information on the top five choices of snakes for pets. When choosing a snake for a pet, Maeve Rich suggests choosing a snake that has been bred in captivity. They are easier to train and have a greater affinity for captivity than a snake from the wild. Wild snakes may be more likely to be disease carriers as well.
Pet snakes should be non – poisonous and non – threatening. Know the pet snakes feeding habits. Provide a living space equal to two thirds of the snakes length. Make choices that are healthy and generally low maintenance.
Choices that meet the criteria include Garter Snakes, the King Snake, the Gopher Snake, the Corn Snake, and the Ball Python.
Garter Snakes are common throughout North America. They are commonly known as Garden Snakes and love the damp or the wetlands. They are small and extremely safe to handle as they are small growing to about two feet.
Their color pattern is yellow stripes on a black or brown background. They are most common to New England in North America.
King Snakes are regarded good pets as they are docile and breed well in captivity. They mature to six to seven feet in length. They live a long time and are cannibals eating other snakes when housed with them. They should be fed a diet of dead rodents.
King Snakes are constrictors. They strangle their prey before they eat them. Lucky for them they are known to be immune to the venom of other snakes and are known to eat rattle snakes. King Snakes look like Coral Snakes but are non – venomous.
Gopher Snakes are constrictors like the King Snake. They live primarily in the Desert South West United States. They hibernate in the winters. They are slow moving explorers growing to about 6 feet. They range in colors from yellow to green to brown.
Feed a large rat twice a month. This one will be happy well watered and maintained at about 80 degrees.
Corn Snakes are a good choice for beginner. They are delightfully colorful and easy to manage care for. Corn snakes are small and easy to tame for captivity. These snakes do not get large and are easy to tame. They are noted docile.
Corn Snakes love the dark of night. They are closely related to rat snakes. They live primarily in the South East United States.
Ball Pythons transform themselves into a coiled up ball when they feel threatened tucking their head inside the coil. They live up to 50 years if well cared for. They grow a foot a year for their first five years. They are docile and eat a diet of rodents. Ball Pythons are considered good beginner pet snakes.
If you are considering a snake for a pet, make sure to find out what the exotic pet laws are in your area. Make sure it is legal to own the snake you want to bring home for a pet.