Beyond Ball Pythons: Exploring Unique and Easy-to-Care-For Beginner Snake Species

Currently, there are more than 4000 species of snakes in the world and therefore anyone who wants to keep a snake has a variety of choices. However, most of these species are challenging to care for and are therefore better suited for experienced hobbyists.

First-timers should consider the species that are not very aggressive, easy to feed, and do not grow to very large sizes. Furthermore, beginners should only get snakes that are born and raised in captivity because wild snakes have a lot of issues. Although most newcomers prefer ball pythons, these are not the only species for beginners. Here are some other top pet snakes for beginners:

  • Corn Snake

The corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus) has been one of the most preferred species of snake among snake enthusiasts since the time people started breeding snakes. They are generally calm and robust, and they do not pose feeding issues or health concerns. Corn snakes do need to be fed rodents but they are not large (most are 4- to 6-feet long).

  • Garter Snakes

Garter snakes (Thamnophis spp.) are probably the most commonly encountered snake species in North America and it is not surprising that they are also popular as pets. There are many garter snake species available in the market but most of them are quite similar. The main differences are in the coloration and diet. For instance, common garter snakes will feed on fish while some will prefer worms.

  • House Snakes

House snakes (Lamprophis spp.) are fascinating snakes from Africa, which are perfect for being a pet. House snakes are not usually brightly colored or patterned but they are very docile and are generally very easy to feed. Also, if you are interested in breeding snakes, house snakes are among the best options for a beginner.

  • Brown Snakes

Brown snakes (Storeria dekayi) are quite often found in areas inhabited by people, so it is not a big wonder that they can be tamed. Small and not aggressive, brown snakes are generally good for first-time snake owners, and they feed on earthworms, snails, and slugs. However, it may be hard to locate captive-bred ones for purchase in the market. Nonetheless, you can trust some of the leading stores such as Allan’s Pet Center to get you one.

  • Children’s Pythons

The children’s python (Antaresia childreni) is a small snake native to Australia that is occasionally bred for the pet trade. Children’s pythons are generally quite docile, but first-generation offspring may be nippy. On the other hand, feeding young children’s pythons can be a challenge and therefore beginners are advised to try to get a juvenile or an adult python.

There you have it. These are among the top species, apart from the ball python that a beginner can buy for a pet.

Are you planning to introduce any of these snake species in your home? Visit Allan’s Pet Center to schedule an appointment and to get more information about an easy-to-care pet addition to your home.

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