Snake Species Question

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Arachnodemon
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I've never had much fondness for those "What should I get?" Threads, but here I am about to post one anyway.

I've wanted to get into snakes for the last few years now. Every time I go to the shows, I find myself lingering longer and longer over the reptile displays. But I don't know what kind of beginner-type snake I should look for. I don't want a corn snake. I've never found them even the slightest bit interesting. I like size, but no boas or pythons, either. If I'm going to wake up in the middle of the night in a snug embrace, I'd rather it be the husband's.

Can someone familiar with snakes recommend a fairly docile, handleable species, preferably with some color or contrast to it, that I can start researching?

Thanks!
 

hermitman64

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Well, my favorite snake which is pretty good for beginners is the rosy boa. I also very much favor the Kenyan sand boa, so you might want to look into those two.

If you're really looking for size, red tailed boas are fine snakes with generally (in my experience) docile temperaments, though honestly, I really don't think they suit beginners.

Some other favorites of mine which you might want to consider are the California kingsnake and the Children's python.
 

Schlyne

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If you're not interested in pythons or boas (that being said, there are a lot of smaller pythons and boas which do not top 5 feet.) what about looking into kingsnakes or milksnakes?

If size ends up being a huge issue, there are even kingsnakes that max out at 3 feet. (You're probably going to want something larger for handling though.)
 

KJE

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I know you said you didn't want a python, but you might want to look at the ball python.

I am picking up my first on Monday. My 13 year old daughter fell in love with them at the last show we went to. I told her we might get one after we do our research and have everything set up for a few days to make sure we can maintain the proper temp. and humidity.
 

markface

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i know you said no boas or pythons , but keep in mind that there are alot more than just red tail boas and ball pythons . here's a couple to think about

coastal rosy boa


mexican rosy boa


kenyan sand boa


paulsoni (soloman island ground boa)


spotted python


carpet pythons (in this case an irian jaya carpet)


also some others would be things like childrens pythons , blood pythons(though not really a beginers snake) , rubber boas and so many others , that the list could just go on and on .
 
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