Can snakes be termed cute? Are you out of your mind to have a snake as a pet?
We always encounter these questions when we are looking to own a snake as a pet.
If you are one of those people, who thought snakes can’t be cute, go on and discover the cutest reptile companion for your home.
Do snakes make good pets?
The answer to this question depends on the expectation you have from your pet. They are definitely fascinating animals to live alongside, but they won’t directly interact with you, similar to fishes and birds. They may simply coil and lie on your lap.
Snakes wouldn’t bond with you in the same way as a dog or a cat. They cannot exude affection. You cannot take them for long walks or teach them a trick or two to entertain.
But snakes are easy to maintain, you need not bother about regular vaccinations and health checkups. They do not get lonely or miss human interaction, but will generally be exploring their territory. If you know how to handle them, they could be good companions. One should be careful not to provoke them or give them a threatening feel. Just like other pet animals, they can be unpredictable and may bite if they feel scared or threatened.
There are more than 3700 snake species in the world. But to select a pet snake one should consider a snake with the following characteristics –
- Non-venomous – we do not want a poisonous snake as a pet, do we? So it is important to identify the non-venomous kind to have a pet.
- Docile – Aggressive snakes are not only scary to have around, but can easily get provoked and bite. Most snakes bite out of defense. So it is important to choose a species that is less aggressive.
- Easy going temperament – Snakes need to be handled with care, it is even easier if you get one that has a good temperament. Then you need not worry hard if you happen to drop the snake by mistake while holding it.
- Unlikely to bite – Snakes, even if they are non-venomous, do bite. They have teeth and fangs too. So finding a species that is unlikely to bite for small irritations can be helpful. Even if their bites are not poisonous, they can be very painful and sometimes can lead to secondary infection if not treated properly.
- Easy to feed – The feeding habits of the pets is a very important factor. Most of the pet snakes feed on rodents and small worms or chicken. Feeding the rodents or worms can sometimes be very unpleasant and messy. So know what you are in for before you decide to get the snake as a pet.
- Small in size – having a snake as a pet itself can be a very unnerving feel for many, to have one of a large size can then be unimaginable! The smaller they are, the easier it is to have them at home. Snakes need a territory of at least twice their size while being bred in captivity. So keep this in mind while you choose your pet snake, for you wouldn’t want the snake to be occupying half your house, do you? Also, small size snakes are easier to handle and take care of. The feed for the larger snake will also be much more in comparison to the small ones.
- Bred in captivity – Snakes that were bred in captivity are a better pet. The wild ones may become more aggressive in captivity. Also, they are not used being in a restricted space and may escape from confinement at the slightest opportunity. The snakes bred in captivity are more docile and easy to handle too!
Cuteness and beauty lie in the eye of the beholder! Let us see some species that are cute in our eyes that you could own –
- Corn Snake – Corn snakes with spectacular colors and beautiful patterns all along their bodies are one of the strongest contenders for the cutest snake. With a forked tongue and adorable face, they love to snuggle up for some warmth. They are docile, relatively small (4-6 feet long), feed on rodent diet, and hardly face any health issues. They have an average lifespan of 10+ years.
- Hognose Snake – They could easily defeat anyone hands down in the cutest snake of all competition. They come in varied colors like blue, tan, brown, and red. They have a flat head and a pretty snout. You could even place tiny hats on their head and dress them up! They feed on crickets and mice. They are docile and laid back, and even if they were to bite you, their venom cannot cause much harm to humans.
- Ball Pythons – They are native of Sub-Saharan Africa. They come in different hues and patterns. They are very docile. Ball Pythons are nocturnal. When frightened, they curl into a ball! And thus the name. They feed on mice and raw chicken. They are on an average of 3-4 feet in length. They have a long life of about 25-30 years, and that’s why you may want to own one of these cuties.
- Garter Snake – Garter Snakes are very docile. These are very small, growing to a maximum length of 16-36 inches. They are olive, brown, dark red or black. They feed on rodents, fish, earthworms. They have a life span of 8-10 years. The garter snakes venom is mild and cannot cause any damage to humans.
- California Kingsnake – The snake could grow to anywhere between 4-6 feet in length. They come in variable colors and patterns. They are non-poisonous and feed on rodents. One needs to be very patient while teaching the snake to be a pet. But as they are docile, they are known to be one of the friendliest snakes.
So, what are you waiting for? Go get one of these cuties based on what suits you the best and how you can give your pet a good life.