Snakes As Pets

Did anyone ever ask you if you wanted to have snakes as pets?

Snakes can make great pets for the right kind of people. If you want a unique, long-lasting pet that isn't soft and cuddly, you may want to get a snake. Before getting a pet snake, make sure you know what you're getting into. Also, there are different kinds of pet snakes that you can purchase, so you will need to determine which one will be the best for you.

First off, snakes don't usually live for just a few years. Many pet snakes actually live to be 20 years old or even older. If you can't commit to taking care of something for that long, then don't get one.

If you are going to be a first time pet owner, you probably should start with a smaller snake. Large snakes require more space, more care, and special handling since they are usually constrictors or venomous.

Never purchase a snake that came from the wild. It could have diseases, and will be more difficult to have as a pet. A wild snake will be stressed and scared to be kept captive and it will probably try to attack you.

So, what snakes do make good pets? Corn snakes, milk snakes, king snakes, and ball pythons.

Ball pythons typically grow to be between 3 and 5 feet long. These are a longer living snake with its average lifespan being between 15 and 20 years. However, they can live to be 50 years old, so if you take really good care of it you may have to include your ball python in your will.

Corn snakes reach about the same length as ball pythons. The great thing about corn snakes is the variety of colors they come in and also the face that they are usually gentle snakes.

Milk and king snakes are different types of snakes, but are closely related. They grow to an approximately 5-7 feet long. They also live to be about 20 years old.

If you want a snake, but aren't sure what kind to get. Talk to a snake or pet professional and do your research.

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