Snakes may be the most popular type of cold-blooded pets in the world, next to tarantulas. But with so many species out there, it may be difficult for you to choose which one to get. Well, luckily for you, we're here to tell you which ones are the best kinds of snakes for a pet.
The best snake for a beginner is the Corn Snake, a friendly and docile species that is also easy to keep as a pet. The beautiful Kingsnake is also suitable for a first-time owner since it's not too big. That said, the Ball Python is the most common pet snake, and they tend to be a very calm species.
But what else makes these the best type of snakes for a pet? What will you need to keep one of these cold-blooded animals? We have the answers to all your questions below!
Before we go through the list, we need to clear out that we've included snakes that are great pets for beginners. Let's get into it!
Considering how docile they are, there's no wonder why the Corn Snake is one of the most common pet snakes. These species are so friendly that you can even handle them very often! The fact that they’re not venomous doesn’t hurt either.
Also called Red Rat Snake, these species feed on, you guessed it, rats, mice, and other rodents.
In captivity, you can feed these pets a frozen mouse every week when they're adults. But please remember to thaw the mice before you offer them to the snake.
There are two versions of the origin of the name Corn Snake. Some associate these snakes with corn because they help to get rid of rats in corn plantations.
Others think the name has to do with the snakes' colors and patterns, resembling corn kernels. But this version is harder to accept since there are many variations of colors in Corn Snakes.
These snakes can come in shades of orange or brownish-yellow with red patches on their back. Meanwhile, the belly of a Corn Snake has black and white marks like a checkerboard.
But that's not all! Corn Snakes also vary in size. As adults, these reptiles are between three and five feet long. There are even some cases of Corn Snakes getting to be six feet long.
So, if you get a baby Corn Snake, you may want to buy the largest tank because you don't know how long your pet will grow to be. But what else will you need to house a Corn Snake? Let's take a look!
California King Snakes are also among the best pet snakes, especially for beginners. Why? Well, for starters, they come in many different patterns and colors that are all stunning! There's even one type of California King Snake that mimics the shades of a Coral Snake.
Another name for California King Snakes is Milk Snakes, and they also come in a manageable size. An adult Milk Snake tends to be around 14 and 60 inches long.
Like Corn Snakes, California King Snakes are, for the most part, friendly and social. You can train them to let you handle them from a very young age. You only need to remember not to make sudden movements that could scare your pet!
Also, California King Snakes are not venomous. So, even if they bite you because they felt threatened, there's no reason to worry! But still, keep in mind that they are not likely to bite humans.
When it comes to taking care of your pet Kingsnake, you will need:
Ball Pythons are another not venomous kind of snake. These snakes are also the most commonly owned as pets worldwide.
An adult Ball Python is around two to five feet long, but some get to be six feet long. The name of these snakes comes from their ability to constrict and adopt a ball-like shape when in danger.
Ball Pythons are also docile and friendly, although not as much as Corn or Milk Snakes. With proper care, these species can live up to 30 years, so they are a long-term type of pet.
Things you'll need to house a Ball Python:
Hognose Snakes are among the best pet snakes because they're between 24-36 inches. Thus, they're not as intimidating for first-time owners and also happen to be cute and unusual!
These snakes come in different colors and patterns, but they also have a unique feature. Of course, we're talking about the Hognose Snake's shovel-shaped head!
That said, we do have to warn you: These snakes are venomous. But their poison is mild and has no lethal consequences on humans.
Likewise, they're very docile, and you can handle them without fearing they'll bite you. A Hognose Snake would have to be very stressed out to bite a human.
Another thing to consider is that these species are the most high-maintenance on the list. To keep one of these reptiles as a pet, you’ll need: Instead, they may prefer to use another defense mechanism: Playing dead.
Another thing to consider is that these species are the most high-maintenance on the list. To house a Hognose Snake, you will need: