We are frequently asked what is the best beginner-friendly snake for individuals who are new to the pastime. Beginner refers to a plant that is relatively simple to care for, with little requirements other than good husbandry and attention to detail. Snakes appear to be the most popular of all the reptiles available in the hobby. Any reptile show will reveal that the bulk of the species on display are legless. Snakes make excellent pets.
Depending on the particular snake and the species, they can be shy or outgoing, and some are easy to care for. For those new to the pastime or those looking to add a new animal to their collection that is relatively easy to keep, we present five beginner friendly snakes in no particular order.
The corn snake (Pantherophis guttata) was the most popular pet snake available before the ball python won the hearts of snake lovers. What’s not to enjoy about this North American native? It’s quite docile, easy to handle, and care for. Corn snakes remain one of the most popular pet snakes due to its friendly nature, wide availability, and unique color combinations. They don’t become too big, don’t require a large area (I’ve had mine for ten years in a 20-gallon enclosure), and are quite easy to breed if you want to.
Okeetee corn snakes
Corn snake hatchlings cost between $25 and $40, depending on where you get them and how different their colors are. It’s simple to accommodate them. My tank is a 20-gallon with a screened top, an under-tank heat pad, a ceramic water bowl, two hides (a paper towel roll and a commercial hide), and aspen substrate. There is no need for special illumination, and when it’s time to feed them, I take them out and put them in their own shoebox, where they each get a frozen/thawed rat pup or F/T mice. They have a lengthy lifespan. As I previously stated, I’ve had mine for over a decade and they’re still going strong.
The ball python (Python regius) is currently the most popular pet snake, owing to the enormous variety of morphs available as well as its generally quiet disposition. Keeping a ball python is not difficult if you use proper care practices. Because they are native to Central and Western Africa, the ball python requires some humidity in its cage, unlike most of the other snakes on this list. The snake is not a big python, but it has a big body. The female ball python can reach a length of 3 to 5 feet, whereas the male can only reach a length of 2 to 3 feet. It is possible that your size will differ. Ball pythons, like rosy boas, are long-lived snakes, with some surviving in captivity for more than 30 years.
Ball pythons can be kept in enclosures up to 3 feet long. If at all possible, avoid screen tops, since they make it difficult to maintain a high level of humidity in the enclosure. A 30-gallon cage is adequate. The survival of this species necessitates the use of a hide box. You should keep a hide box on both sides of its enclosure because it is shy. Bowls of water should be big enough to soak in. Over plastic bowls, heavy bowls, such as ceramic bowls, are preferable.
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