It depends on what species of snake you want, what species of T you want, and what you're willing to put up with. But here's a general list of snake traits:
-Snakes need a larger, more complicated setup than a T
-They can be handled and you can boop their snoots
-Their food never chirps at night and is pretty convenient, but dead mice are gross; sometimes made more appealing by popping the brain case or rubbing them in litter, and also they can leak when you thaw them out. Live mice could be a pain to deal with if your snake is suddenly off food for some reason, and also you can form an emotional attachment to them.
-Snakes are lazy and they don't do much, but they do a heck of a lot more than a T
Here's some T traits:
-They hate everything. If tarantulas were cartoon characters, they'd be the grumpy old man always shouting at kids to get off his lawn. Whether you find their temper tantrums endearing or not is all up to you.
-They are extremely boring sometimes. If you only have one T, that's like having a pet rock. That's why most members here have 10+ Ts, so at least there's always something going on.
-Cannot be handled unless you want a face full of setae
-Extremely cheap to set up, easy to care for, and highly collectible...
-....except that you have to deal with crickets, and those are the absolute worst, filthiest, moldy, rotten disease burritos that make it their mission to infect their entire population with any virus or parasite that comes their way. They also smell bad and make a lot of noise. If you buy crickets frivolously and excessively, you tend not to run into these problems, but they're still disgusting.
Like I already typed. Have a look at Opheodrys aestivus (rough green tree snake). They eat crickets. Could be the ideal solution for you.Re: feeding Theraphosids....you don't HAVE to feed crickets. You can feed mealworms, superworms, dubia roaches, red runners, banana roaches, locusts. All of these don't smell and don't make a sound.
I love snakes, and I would be thrilled if I could own one, but I just can't deal with feeding mice or rats or baby chicks. So no snakes for me....
Been considering getting a snake now that they are finally about to be legal in Norway, but I've never heard anyone say anything about their smell. Is it in any way unpleasant? Something you wouldn't want in your living room?Late to the party, but this wasn't mentioned. When you walk into the room and there is a snake, you can smell it (even with a clean enclosure). When you walk into a room and there is a tarantula, there is no smell. Crickets, unless maintained in the room don't count, lol.
It depends. I used to keep retics and you could smell them. However I also used to keep a GTP and an ETB and they're not smelly unless they've let go of a chocolate hostage.Been considering getting a snake now that they are finally about to be legal in Norway, but I've never heard anyone say anything about their smell. Is it in any way unpleasant? Something you wouldn't want in your living room?