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My 5 year old is a big snake fan and is after getting one for pet. Would you have a recommendation on a very low maintenance and kid friendly snake
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A king snake is a very good choice as a pet for the experienced and the inexperienced, and the reason why is not only are they beautiful, but they're a much more docile snake. They can grow to be six to seven feet long. They can live sometimes 15 to 20 years. It's important to know this, because when you get this good-looking guy you've got to be ready to take care of him for a good 15 years.

Now pink snakes are carnivorous and they'll eat mice readily. When they're smaller you'll go with pinkies, and a good easy way of figuring out how to feed and how much to feed is to find the thickest part of the snake's body, and this width should be the width of the bait that you feed. It should not be more than this. It's a good gauge to try to figure out what size you should feed your snake.

A king snake and milk snakes, some of them have these beautiful bands, can sometimes resemble coral snakes which are poisonous. A coral snake which has yellow, red, and black bands, the yellow always touches the red. For your milk and your kings, the black will touch the red.
So that's a good way of figuring out whether you've got to run or not. If you see a snake that looks like this, but has yellow touching red, you better dread and get on your way. If it's black and red it's this friendly old king snake, and you don't have anything to worry about.

Now these guys you can find anywhere in the United States and in Mexico, so they're very easy to take care of. For the terrarium they require a heat gradient of about the mid to high 80's down to even 75 degrees. They can be shy and they like hiding spots. So it's very important to make sure that we have a hiding spot in the terrarium. Very important, otherwise they'll really be stressed. And it should be just big enough that they can fit in where the sides of the snake will touch the sides of the hiding spot. A pot for plants, cardboard box, anything will do, but it's very important.

For humidity, they do very well in about 50 to 60%, and the easy way of controlling that is having a water area, a little basin that has a little bit of water, just enough to where it covers the snake. That will control humidity. It also helps this little guy with his digestion and going to the bathroom, and it also sometimes can be very helpful in times of shedding, because it'll keep things moist and make the skin easier to shed. I hope those are some good helpful hints for you for taking care of your king snake. Big Pets on Campus: Sid the Snake - The Tab
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What big snakes make good pets? Well, this guy that I’m holding in my hand right now is probably one of your better ones. This is called a ball python. Now he doesn’t get big, in a sense that he only gets about five feet long, sometimes a little bit more than that. They will get quite large in girth, but they’re probably one of the more docile in terms of the larger snakes. So especially for a beginner, this is the way to go. Do you want a pet snake? They make great pets! When choosing the best snake for you, it's important to consider how big the snake will be when full grown. Smaller snakes can live comfortably in twenty to forty gallon habitats and should eat frozen, thawed Pinky mice. Large snakes will need a bigger home and will eat frozen, thawed mice or rats. For first time snake parents, Corn snakes, Ball Pythons, Rosy and Sand Boas are great options! No matter which snake you choose, remember most can live between fifteen and thirty years! Are you ready for a long term commitment?

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Petco Official Website: One of the largest snakes in length is a reticulated and he was 33 feet long. Can you imagine that? They are a little bit more feisty and I wouldn’t recommend them as pets. But for the larger snakes, this guy here is a pretty good one. Look how docile he is. You also have boa constrictors. The constrictors are very good pets and they can live quite long. This guy here will live up to 40 years. A constrictor can live anywhere from 20 to sometimes 30, they’ve had them 35 years. So if you’re going to get these big guys be ready, because you’re going to have them for a long time.Great Amazon Must Haves for any Reptile Owner:
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Learn what are the three biggest snakes in the world in this Howcast video about pet snakes.

What are the biggest snakes in the world?

Well, probably the biggest is in the boa constrictor family, not this guy by any means, but his bigger cousin the anaconda is the biggest by length and girth. The longest snake is a reticulated python.

Now for Anacondas, the biggest one measured was about 28 feet, but the girth was 44 inches, and the estimated weight was over 500 pounds.

For a reticulated python, the longest snake was 33 feet, can you imagine. But the reticulated pythons are more narrow. So for total snake, the anacondas got first prize.

Now for the biggest snake ever found, in Colombia in the coal mines, they found a fossil of what they called Titanoboa. He was 48 feet long, and they estimated that his weight was probably well over 2,500 pounds, and that's the biggest snake fossil ever found. They found it in an open coal mine in Columbia.