5 Great Beginner Pet Snakes

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As a child, snakes fascinated me immensely. I watched every program on TV about them and read every fact about snakes with a lot of interest. 

One day I came to know about someone offering snakes for adoption and quickly volunteered!! When I reached home to display my pet proudly, my mother screamed and ran to her room and locked it!! 

My father shouted and ran for his golf club!! I had to take it back immediately and return it. I was heartbroken for a few days, but my interest in snakes continued. Now I not only have snakes as pets, but I also help others pick up their first pet snakes!!

Are you looking for a snake as a pet? Are you hesitating because you are not sure which one to pick? There are thousands of varieties of snakes, but not all make for good pets. Before you get a snake, you should know the following things:

  • Snakes are unique animals
  • They need particular care when it comes to their food and living conditions
  • They will not fetch your slippers, and you cannot take them for a walk!!

5 Best Snakes for a Beginner

For the first time, snake pet parents try to find snakes that are docile and not very difficult to handle. It is better to get a snake that comes to you from a breeder and not a wild snake that can carry parasitic infections. 

1. Corn Snakes

corn snake 1

Corn snakes are a variety of rat snakes and kill its prey by constricting. You can find it in North America and mainly in the USA. There are many reasons why a Corn Snake is an excellent choice for a beginner. They have all the qualities that a new snake owner wants. You cannot go wrong if you choose this as your first snake.

  • They are easy to handle and quite docile. They have a calm disposition and are not a threat to dogs and cats.
  • They are available in a variety of colors and patterns
  • You have to feed them only once or twice a week
  • Not very expensive and easy to find in pet shops
  • When they mature their length will be between 28 and 55 inches and not very wide
  • Not fussy eaters. You don’t have to feed them live mice and can give frozen mice.

2. Ball Pythons

Ball Pythons

You may also know it royal python. It is a native of West and Central Africa, and it lives in grasslands. It is a good snake for a beginner. It is also very calm and easy to handle. It is also a constricting snake but not very large. 

  • They are shy and docile. They are not at all aggressive
  • In captivity, Ball pythons can live up to 30 years or even more in some cases. 
  • They need very little care when compared with dogs or even cats
  • They eat only once in a week and defecate weekly as well
  • They need correct heating and temperature to thrive
  • Cleaning the cage is quite easy

3. Rosy Boas

Rosy Boas

Rosy Boas is a species of snakes that belong to the family Boidae. It is predominantly a native of Southwest America and Mexico. They have an even temperament are an excellent starter snake. 

  • The Rosy Boa is shy, especially in the first month. They may not feed properly during this time.
  • It is of a manageable size and easy to manage.
  • The size ranges from 10 inches to 4 feet in length when mature.
  • They can live for up to 30 years or even more.
  • They have three horizontal stripes on their bodies. The colors and stripes differ in a different locality.
  • It is a mainly nocturnal snake in the wild, but in captivity, this can change.

4. Kingsnakes


Kingsnakes are a group of subspecies of snakes. They are very common and famous in the USA but are present in parts of Canada as well. They like all areas like grasslands, forests, and rocky terrains. 

  • They are non-venomous and are not aggressive
  • The size and weight will vary from variety to variety. Some grow to18 inches while some can grow to 6 feet in length. They are not very wide.
  • Their life span can range from 15 to 30 years depending on the variety
  • They generally have three color ring pattern. The colors are mostly red, black, and white or yellow.
  • You can feed them mice, rats, baby rabbits, birds, etc. they like rodents the most.
  • They may fast before they start to shed.
  • Their appetites are healthy, so if they fast for long, then take the vet’s advice.
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