Please keep in mind that all snakes are a commitment, so please make sure you do a LOT of research before you decide to purchase your snake. Please never buy a snake on a whim or because they are pretty and your favorite social media influencer has one. The criteria that I used to pick the snakes are five different categories. Temperament, cost, availability, size, and life span. Please enjoy the list!
#5: Ball Python
Temperament: Docile, Shy
Cost: $80+ (Depending on morph, can be in the thousands)
Availability: Readily available
Size: 3 - 5 feet
Life Span: Up to 30 years
Pros: Ball Pythons are a very docile snake and will usually make no attempt to bite. When threatened they will try to hide instead of strike.
Cons: Can easily be stressed, can go into hunger strikes and when that happens you may have to change up there food including feeding live or pre killed rodents.
#4: Children's Python
Availability: Harder to find then some other species.
Size: 2.5 - 4 Feet
Life Span: Up to 30 years
Pros: Children's Pythons tend to have a very good nature, they also in most cases tame easily with regular handling.
Cons: Not a very "colorful" snake (some will consider this a con), If a children's python does bite it is very painful.
#3: Garter Snake
Temperament: Active, Curious
Availability: Difficult to find
Size: 2-4 Feet
Life Span: 4-5 Years
Pros: Active during the day, very fun to watch explore their enclosure, can be housed together.
Cons: Hard to find, when you do find them a lot are wild or field caught, life spans are very short compared to other snakes.
#2: King Snake
Size: 3-5 feet
Life Span: 15-20 Years
Pros: Great eaters, Calm demeanor, rarely strikes at people.
Cons: Will musk when feels threatened.
#1: Corn Snake
Availability: Readily Available
Size: Up to 6 feet
Life Span: Up to 25 years
Pros: Great eaters, very curios and active. Don't mind being handled once they are a little bit older.
Cons: Very flighty when young, will need a pretty large enclosure once they are full grown, love to climb and are great escape artists, they are also a little bit larger in length.
What do you guy think? Are there any snakes that you think are good beginners that aren't on this list? I recently got my very first snake and it is a corn snake. I can say with complete certainty that a corn snake is a wonderful beginner snake. My only drawback is that they do get a pretty good size compared to some of the other snakes on this list. But even though they are long they are not very big around, so I still think they are great for beginners. I am also torn when it comes to ball pythons, some people have them and have no trouble with them and others have them and have a difficult time with them. My one draw back with ball pythons is the hunger strikes, when you are getting your very first snake and they decide they don't want to eat, that can be a very difficult thing to deal with. So please make sure you are aware of this when it comes to getting a ball python. So that is my list of beginner snakes, I hope it will help you in some way. Please keep in mind that all snakes are different, just like humans. Like I said please do your research. Thanks for reading!!
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