The 4 Best Snakes to Keep as Pets: Corn, King, Gopher and Ball Python

Learn what kinds of big snakes make good pets in this Howcast video about pet snakes.
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My own opinion therefore is that whilst I would have no concerns recommending garter snakes as pets, you do need to be a little more careful and "on the ball" when handling them in comparison to some other snakes.
While there are dangerous snakes, there are just as many that make fascinating pets.
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This type of snake is mostly ground-dwelling, but they occasionally do like to climb, so a branch should be provided for that purpose. They also should have a supply of fresh water, and since they are native to hotter areas of the United States, should also be kept warm. Supplying gopher snakes with a basking light is a great idea. All of this is important in determining how suitable they are as pets. In the next couple of posts I will discuss various topics that hopefully will help you master the art of keeping snakes as pets.
Photo provided by FlickrSince snakes have been represented mainly as evil, people either enjoy having them as pets or turn away fearful.
Photo provided by FlickrThis summer there has been rise in call-outs for reptile catchers in Queensland from people who have had their domestic pets eaten by snakes.
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Giant snakes take a whole different level of commitment when it comes to keeping them as pets. Here are a few things you should consider carefully before buying a breed of snake that is going to turn into a giant.As you can see from this instructable, corn snakes are quite happy to be left by themselves, handled quite regulary, friendly and docile so they make great pets. ...So, you've decided to get a pet snake and now you're wondering which to get. If so, I promise you will find this article helpful. I've listed below four of the best snakes to keep as pets based on my 25 years of snake keeping experience. Corn snakes are readily available at pet shops, reptile expos, online and directly from breeders. Although wild-caught specimens usually adapt as pets, captive-bred corn snakes are highly recommended because of the beautiful color and pattern morphs available; the greater likelihood of getting a healthy, parasite-free snake; and the details about age, history and parentage that may accompany them.Smooth green snakes are not ideal pets for everyone, despite their small size that makes housing them relatively easy and their insect-based diet that allows keepers to avoid having to feed them rodents. Most specimens offered for sale are wild-caught animals; although they do not often bite, smooth green snakes do not tolerate frequent handling.While snakes are individuals and their temperaments vary, smooth green snakes seldom bite or exhibit defensive behaviors when held. This leads many keepers to believe that their smooth green snake does not experience stress when handled. But this is not the case. Frequently handled smooth green snakes usually become stressed and then ill, and they eventually die. While smooth green snakes are rewarding pets, you should keep handling to an absolute minimum.Pet snakes come in a variety of sizes and temperaments. Most found in the pet trade are tolerant of people, although some make better pets than others. When considering a snake as a pet, it is important to consider the adult size of the species, as some become quite large. Snakes are found in almost all parts of the world. Some species are aquatic, while others are arboreal (live in trees). Many popular species are tropical or subtropical. The corn snake is one of the most popular snake pets and is a great choice for beginners as well as experienced herp keepers. According to , this species makes a great pet because they have a docile temperament, are easy to care for, are attractive and interesting, have few health problems, and can live 15 to 20 years.