Best Snakes for Beginners

Are you considering getting a snake as a pet? Snakes are both fascinating and beautiful animals. While they are not the ideal animal for everyone, they can make excellent pets for the right person. If you’re a first-time reptile owner, you’ll want to get a snake that matches your needs and experience level. While some snakes may be a bit much for a beginning reptile owner to care for, others are very well suited to first-time snake owners. In this article, your veterinarian Highland discusses a few types of snakes which are great for beginners.

Corn Snakes

Corn snakes, sometimes called red rat snakes, are very popular as pets because they are fairly easy to care for and have a gentle nature. They typically will not grow longer than about 5 feet, so you don’t have to worry about your corn snake outgrowing his habitat, as is a problem with many larger snakes. These guys don’t require special lighting, though you can use an incandescent bulb on the outside of the tank. They will need one end of their tank to be heated. Corn snakes are typically orange, or brownish-orange, though you will find many beautiful color variations. They tend to be excellent escape artists, so you’ll want to make sure your corn snake’s cage is very secure. Corn snakes can be fed killed prey rather than live, which some people may consider a benefit.

Kingsnakes and Milk Snakes

Kingsnakes and their cousins, Milk snakes, both share a few traits with corn snakes. Like the corn snake, kingsnakes are great at breaking out of their cages, so when setting up a kingsnake habitat, you want to be sure it’s completely inescapable. Both kingsnakes and milk snakes can reach a full length of about 7 feet. Kingsnakes and milk snakes come in a variety of gorgeous colors and patterns, and are quite tame when properly socialized.

Ball Pythons

Ball pythons are a great choice for a pet snake. These guys typically only get to be about 5 feet long, so they are much smaller than some of their cousins. The ball python got its name because of its habit of rolling itself into a little ball when threatened. They are quite docile and easy to handle. Ball pythons are not highly active, and may even seem a bit lazy, which makes them a favorite for beginning pet owners.

Do you have any questions about caring for a snake? Please feel free to contact us any time we can be of assistance. As your vet clinic Highland, we are here to help. To read more pet care articles, please visit our site here.

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