When considering getting a snake, make sure you do some research. You will need to find out the average size, weight and lifespan of your preferred snake. To make things a little easier we will give you the information on the five most popular snakes.
With this information you can make sure to find the right habitat, feeding equipment and accessories to put into the habitat. More than the equipment you need to make sure you are ready for the work that taking care of a snake. Snakes have a longer life span than many mammals and you should make sure you are in a position to take care of the animal.
The corn snake – these bright snakes are very pretty and fairly docile which makes them perfect for first time snake owners. They vary in size from 61 cm – 182 cm. These snakes live to around 20 years. They are constrictors and eat rodents. As an occasional treat, corn snakes enjoy quail eggs.
California king snake – this stunning snake is non-venomous and they do not grow very big. You do need to handle them often to keep them from becoming nippy. Once the king snake trusts you they will actually enjoy being handled. King snakes are not terribly fussy eaters, but make sure to check with the breeder and your vet for the best habit and diet. These snakes live for approximately 20 years, if they are healthy.
The rosy boa – this is an attractive snake, a light background colour and three longitude stripes running along the snake. There are many different colours of rosy boa snakes available. They are constrictors and are generally docile, though they do like to try and escape. Make sure you notify the pet store where you buy your habitat that the habitat will be for a rosy boa. These snakes grow to around 3 feet and live for about 25 years or more. The boa will start on pinkies and eventually eat thawed fully grown mice.
Gopher snakes – though not as popular as the ball python or corn snakes, the gopher snake is a great beginner snake. They are generally shades of lighter and darker brown. The gopher snake needs an area in its habitat to burrow. The gopher snake grows to around 4 or 5 feet and their life span is up to 15 years.
Ball python – the heavy bodied shy snake has gained a lot of popularity over recent times. They grow to between 2 – 5 feet and have a long life expectancy. Ball pythons have been bred into an unimaginable range of colour and pattern combinations, but the normal python has brown and tan colouring. The ball python is on the verge of being a good beginner snake but they need more equipment and care than some of the others.