10 Pet Snakes for Beginners: How to Care For A Snake.

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Snakes are not for everyone, but if you are a snake lover looking to add one to your family, then the corn snake might be just what you’re looking for.

The Corn Snake is native to North America and Central America and has many benefits that make it an ideal pet choice.

1. The Corn Snake.

The corn snake (Pantherophis guttata) is a popular pet for many reasons; they are small, easy to care for, and inexpensive.

Corn snakes typically grow to a length of three feet long, with some females growing up to five feet long.

This species is often mistaken as similar in appearance to the rat snake but can be distinguished by its brown coloration with lighter stripes or spots on their sides, making them appear more like corn.

So it can be found in various environments – from deserts where temperatures are as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit up through Canada’s wetlands with an average temperature around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Corn Snake has many benefits that make it perfect for beginners looking for a pet that is both low-maintenance and inexpensive. It is:

  • Easy to find in the wild or for sale in pet stores
  • Low maintenance – easy to care for, not picky about what it eats, doesn’t require a lot of attention
  • Reasonably priced compared with other species like boa constrictors or pythons
  • Lovely to look at – attractive colors and patterns
  • Easily handled by people of all sizes
  • Perfect for beginners and advanced keepers because of its calm temperament

The Corn Snake is listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) because it has a wide range and is tolerant of many different environments.

2.  The Ball Python.

The ball python is a popular snake for beginners. It doesn’t grow as large as some other snakes, and it’s not aggressive like others are either.

These characteristics make them an excellent option for those just starting with reptiles.

The name “ball python” comes from how they coil up into tight balls when threatened, which can be pretty cute to witness!

Ball pythons are natives of the African continent and are found in a variety of habitats.

They like to live around water sources such as lakes and streams, so it’s not uncommon to see them there.

Be careful with these snake’s teeth, as they can grow up to two inches long.

They can deliver a nasty bite if they feel threatened or are trying to hunt something down.

You can find ball pythons in many colors, including shades of brown and black, as well as a variety of patterns on their skin, such as stripes and dots.

Some people might see these markings more when the snake is shedding its old skin for a new one!

This snake has been said to be kind and gentle, suitable for people who are just getting more comfortable handling animals.

Ball pythons have 30-100 barbed in curving teeth which can grow up to 1 cm long, so it’s important to watch out for these teeth.

You need to be careful when handling them because they will bite if threatened.

Other than that, they’re pretty harmless and have many benefits, including their calm and quiet nature.

3. Hog Island Boas.

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Hog Island Boas are native to Honduras and one of the best pet snakes that many owners want to own.

They have an olive-brown color with vertical bands on their skin, which may change during different moods or physiological changes.

This is a small snake but not considered tiny at about six feet long when fully grown.

They are much smaller than other boa constrictors, which is why they are such a popular pet.

Their life span can be up to 25 years, and their minimum weight requirement is about six pounds at maturity. They have an average length range from four to nine feet when fully grown.

Hog Island Boas are happiest in temperatures between 78°F and 82°F, with humidity ranging from 60% to 80%.

They need plenty of room for roaming around the cage, including some vertical space like shelves or branches.

This enables them to bask on top while staying off the ground below them where there may not be as much heat available.

One thing that Hog Island Boas don’t enjoy too much is dry conditions because their skins cannot condition themselves in the same way that others do.

It is essential to feed them prey items like rats, mice, and rabbits every four days or so because their diet consists of a mix of proteins such as beef heart, rabbit meat, and turkey liver.

4. The Kenyan Sand Boa.

 

The Kenyan Sand Boa is a small and attractive bold snake indigenous to Kenya’s East African country.

It’s closely related to other snakes found across Sub-Saharan Africa, including Senegal’s forest sand boas.

The Kenyan Sand Boa prefers living in desert regions close to wetlands or streams.

They can grow up to 72 inches (183 cm) long and hunt for amphibians, rodents, lizards, birds, eggs, or carrion.

They come in patches of browns and greys, being lighter on the underside.

They have long thin jaws, which they use to hunt for prey in cracks and crevices.

The Kenyan Sand Boa has an average life span of about 12 years.

These beautiful animals are endangered and must be protected, or else they will die out.

One of the greatest threats to the Kenyan Sand Boa is habitat loss due to deforestation and urban development.

If you would like to keep this snake as a pet, you will need to have a massive enclosure at least two feet tall.

You also must provide many hiding spots and climbing branches for them to exercise on.

The biggest problem is that they are not a very common pet, and if you do find one for sale, it will be in the hundreds of dollars.

There have been reports of this snake having an irregular heartbeat or other heart problems due to captivity stress.

It is essential to know how these animals behave in their natural habitat to better understand what care they need.

5. The Pueblan Milk Snake.

The Pueblan milk snake looks very much like a deadly coral snake.

It is mainly red with black stripes and a white head and belly that contrasts sharply against each other.

This species has no pattern on its head, unlike most snakes in this family with at least some markings present.

The Pueblan milk snake can grow to be 2-4 feet long and have a very thin body.

They have a unique defense mechanism. Instead of using venom to scare would-be predators.

They will release a milky substance from their mouth that smells bad, and it is often mistaken for the deadly coral snake’s foul-smelling excretion.

The Pueblan milk snake doesn’t have any poison in its bite, but its saliva does contain an anticoagulant capable of causing severe injury.

To avoid being bitten, it is best not to provoke these snakes because they are very aggressive and will bite with little warning if threatened.

If you happen to be stung by one of the Pueblan milk snake’s bites, apply a light bandage over the area and use some ice or cold pack on the affected area.

6. The Rosy Boa.

The Rosy Boa is a small snake that can grow to about two feet in length.

The coloration of this boa species ranges from light pink, rosy pink, or peach-colored on the ground color with red and black stripes.

There are also some patches of yellow along its body and an occasional white spot around the head area.

These spots help camouflage themselves against leaf litter when they lie still among them looking for prey animals such as lizards.

Rosy Boas move slowly, but their movement is smooth, which allows them to sneak up on unsuspecting prey without being detected themselves.

Hence, they have fewer chances of getting eaten by predators while hunting for food at night.

They hunt mainly during dusk hours because that is when they are most active.

In the wild, they can be found in rainforest areas of Central America and South America and at higher elevations of Mexico, where it lives near streams and rivers to find its prey.

They prefer tropical climates with a lot of vegetation around because there is more opportunity for them to hide from predators while hunting, making it harder for other animals to detect their presence.

It is a small snake and can be around 60 inches long, with males being smaller than females when fully grown because they tend to stay close to their sheltering place, making them easier prey for other larger predators such as jaguars or eagles.

When threatened, this gentle creature will often coil into an S-shape, so it’s not easy for predators to grab onto them, but if they are caught by mistake, it may bite its captor in self-defense.

If you consider keeping a Rosy boa for a pet, be sure to have a glass enclosure to clean it easily and mimic the climate they are used to.

7. The Green Tree Python.

The green tree python is a small snake native to Southeast Asia. They grow up to only about six feet long and can live for around 15 years.

These snakes are usually born with a brown or black color, but they gradually change colors as they age – eventually becoming bright greens that blend in very well among the trees where this snake dwells.

Their name is because of how closely related these reptiles resemble actual leaves on the branches of trees when seen from afar!

This type of serpent will typically feed off smaller animals like birds, rodents, lizards, and frogs if given a chance while climbing through forests.

If it cannot find any other food source nearby, then it will consume fruits instead.

Green tree pythons are non-venomous, so to overcome their prey, they have a couple of very unique and highly successful hunting techniques.

One of them is that since the tip of their tail is a different color, they use it to lure their prey to come within striking distance.

Then they hold it with their curved teeth and constrict it before swallowing it whole.

The green tree python is one of the most beautiful snake species in the world.

Their name is how closely related these reptiles resemble actual leaves on branches when seen from afar! 

8. The Hognose Snake.

The hognose snakes’ most remarkable characteristic is their upturned snout.

They also have a uniquely shaped head, with wide-set eyes and slightly raised nostrils.

These features are usually more pronounced in males of the species than females.

The snake’s patterning can vary from one to two colors, but they often include markings such as blotches or large spots that look like tear stains running down its face.

This may be why some people think it resembles a crying person!

Hognose snakes typically grow about three feet long, though there are reports of them reaching up to six feet when fully grown.

This snake is relatively easy to spot, but it’s also known for its ability to play dead.

When threatened by a predator that can’t be outrun or has lethal venom (such as rattlesnakes), the hognose snake often pretends to have been killed to fool and escape from predators.

The bulk of the hognose snake’s diet comprises small rodents and lizards, though it will sometimes eat other snakes!

Hognose snakes are relatively docile creatures that only pose a threat to humans when they feel cornered.

Though not venomous themselves, the hognose snake can bite if startled or handled too roughly.

It has been known as an occasional carrier of venomous bites from things it eats, such as rattlesnakes because its canine teeth mimic these poisonous serpents. 

9. The Kingsnake.

The Kingsnake is a type of snake found in the southwestern part of North America.

It differs from most other snakes because it has its natural predator, rattlesnakes.

They are also one of the very few immune types to the venomous bite and can eat them.

 Kingsnake’s name originated from the fact that they are immune to rattlesnakes’ venomous bite and can kill them.

The Kingsnake also has few natural predators, even though it is not poisonous.

It feeds on other snakes, such as the rattler:

The Kingsnake is an ambush predator known for eating other snakes such as rattlesnakes and copperheads by biting them behind their head or in the middle of their body to avoid being bitten themselves.

However, they are not immune to getting bitten themselves, so if they don’t kill it right away, they will escape quickly before any wounds become fatal.

This type of reptile can also be found in Mexico and Central America, where there are many subspecies due to climatic differences like forest kingsnakes and desert kingsnakes.

The most distinguishing characteristic for this species are two light stripes running down their back, and their head has a distinctive shape.

The Kingsnake is also known for being poisonous. It feeds on other snakes, such as the rattler.

If you want to keep a Kingsnake as a pet, they are usually hardy and can live for more than 20 years with the proper care, but they may not be suitable for people who have small children in their house.

10. Red-Tail Boas.

Red-tail boas are not pets for everybody.

They have a long lifespan, and they need to eat large rats or even rabbits to survive. Red-tails don’t make good pets for people who aren’t willing to commit the time it takes to care for them properly.

If you’re looking for a pet that will fit in a small tank, the red-tail boa is not a good choice. Also, note that the red-tail boa is not a constrictor.

It kills its prey by wrapping around them and squeezing them.

A red-tail boa will grow to be around 30 inches long when it’s full size.

When they’re born, they are usually about three feet in length. It is best to buy one that has been bred and raised by someone who knows what they are doing because these snakes can grow up to ten feet long.

If you want to keep a Red-tail boa as a pet, you will need to have a large enclosure. A 30-gallon tank is not going to cut it!

These snakes are escape artists, and they like to climb, so make sure the top of your cage has a lid that closes securely, or else you’re likely sharing your home with an escaped boa for good.

Things to remember when feeding your red-tailed boa:

-A healthy adult boa can eat a live rodent once every two weeks.

-It’s best to feed your snake in its enclosure, as it may be difficult for the animal to find prey while loose around your house.

If you want your snake on display, make sure that all parts of the cage are secure before opening so that it does not escape.

A red-tail boa is an exciting pet that can be very rewarding for those willing to take care of the animal. Just make sure you’re ready before taking on this responsibility!