Pet Snake Right for Me?

Are you thinking about getting a snake for a pet? Before you make that trip to the pet store, ask yourself “Why do I want a snake?

Rainbow Boa
Rainbow Boa

Exotic snakes as pets are becoming common nowadays. So, before even considering an exotic pet like this, a good deal of research is required to see if owning a pet snake is the best thing for you. Learn about them and what they are like before buying

Most people, when they hear the word snake, have feelings of fear. While most snakes are actually quite gentle creatures. Snakes have some very specific requirements with food, shelter, temperature and proper handling. Snakes: Understanding and caring for your snake.

Before Getting Looked For a Pet Snake

The appropriate diet and living area vary with different species. It is important to make sure that this is the right pet for you. It is also important to gather information on the different types of pet snakes. For beginners, a docile snake that doesn’t get too large is best.

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Breed for beginners

For first-time owners that are inexperienced with snakes, corn snakes, milk snake, rainbow boa, and ball pythons. The most snakes as these are gentle and meeting their diet and environmental needs are not as difficult.

Corn snake

The corn snake is acknowledged to be one of the best pet snakes for a beginner. They are relatively small, 3 to 5 feet long, and feeding them very easy.

Ball pythons

This type of snake is generally docile and friendly. They don’t grow very large making them a good choice for a small area and they are easy to care.

Rainbow boa

Rainbow boas are born measuring about 8 to 12 inches. Adults reach an average length of 5 to 6 feet,  rainbow boas are generally docile and can withstand regular handling.

Setting up snake house

Recommend, Glass tank for snakes, because it retains heat better than a cage. House for your pet snake so that it moves around freely and comfortably that is as long as your snake’s body if possible, or at least 2/3 of its length.

The cage should be well ventilated so that your pet snake doesn’t smother itself and so that the temperatures can be maintained at the ideal setting. And but also, be easy you to clean it.

Snakes need to get their skin into the water as well as drink it to stay hydrated. So, your snake’s water dish should be large and heavy enough to allow the snake to coil its body into the water on occasion. And should be changed frequently to avoid  dirty, stagnant water.

Proper humidity and available clean water are crucial for keeping a healthy


This is one of the most important elements of a snake habitat. It must be warm at all times, but not too warm, so you’ll need a thermometer to keep track of the temperature.

Heat source

You will need a heat source, such as a dome or shop light. Experts recommend having it on about 8-10 hours a day, just like sunlight.


Most snakes eat rodents, but some may have other requirements. They tend to only eat small rodents or crickets are common fare, and the breeder or pet shop can tell you which food is correct. Generally speaking, snakes only eat about once every week.

Doing a lot of research about different kinds of snakes and which are best for beginners can aid potential you in deciding which type of snake will be the best pet for them.

Talking to owners of the snakes you are considering is a good idea. Snakes live a long time, therefore you will need to choose your pet carefully so you will both be happy in the many years you will be together.



Bestselling children’s author Kay de Silva presents “Snakes”. The book uses captivating illustrations and carefully chosen words to teach children about “the farmer’s friend”.