Great Snakes For Beginners

Tomorrow, July 16th, is World Snake Day. Snakes can definitely use some good PR! They are often thought of very negatively. To be fair, some snakes are venomous, so you do need to be careful when out and about in wild or wooded areas. However, the vast majority of snakes are very timid and shy, and are actually beneficial. Snakes can also make great pets. Of course, if you’ve never had one before, you’ll need to pick one that is suitable for first-timers. In this article, a Lexington, KY vet lists a few great beginner snakes.

Corn Snake

These pretty snakes got their name from the fact that they were common—and quite welcome—around corn granaries, where they fed on the rodents that were getting into the corn. They are quite docile and easy to care for. They also don’t need very large habitats: most will do just fine in 20-gallon tanks. They do have some longevity, though: these guys can live up to 20 years. Be sure you are ready to commit to caring for your pet for their entire life span.

California King Snake

California king snakes have striking banded patterns, which come in a variety of colors. Adults will need about a 40-gallon tank or so. This striking snake tends to be quite gentle, and really is quite cute. Many seem to enjoy being held, once they feel safe with their humans.

Rosy Boa

This little snake is one of just two types of American native boas, the other being the rubber boa. They don’t normally get any longer than four feet. Like the others on this list, they are docile and friendly, which makes them a good choice for mature kids. Of course, they can live 30 years, so there’s a good chance that your child may have kids of their own before their pet passes on! Another bonus? They are quite slow.

Children’s Python

The children’s python got its name from John George Children, a chemist, mineralogist, and zoologist who discovered the species back in 1842. However, the name is particularly appropriate for these gentle snakes. The children’s python is quite easy to care for: they only eat about once a week or so. They rarely grow more than about 40 inches, and don’t need huge tanks.

Do you have questions about snake care? Call ussss, your Lexington, KY animal hospital, anytime!

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