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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-28-2010, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, my girlfriend and i have decided to get a snake. We would like to know what kind of snake would be good for begginers.
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Weren't you the person who had trouble finding a good vet? Snakes are exotics so make sure you have an excellent reptile vet lined up. Many vets won't treat them.

Corn snakes are usually good "beginner" snakes. They're small, inexpensive, hardy, come in lots of colors, can be handled, and take frozen mice without problems. A lot of people recommend ball pythons but they take more effort to switch onto frozen foods and they're more sensitive to heat/humidity issues.




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This is a subject that comes up frequently. There are a lot of differing options, ..and opinions.
Try searching the forums.

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-21-2011, 07:24 PM
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I'm thinking of getting a ball python. My friend had one and the thing was great and after I got over the fear of holding one I fell in absolute love and have been wanting one since. I hear there are sometimes issues with feeding so that's something to be read into more if you want one (I'm actually looking up info tonight to learn more before I decide)
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i would get a corn snake. the ball pythons have a weird head and the corn snakes(in my opinion) have a really cute head! and theyre colorful and you dont need a huge aquarium thing for them (idk if you do for ball pythons but some snakes get huge) i have one and he has never acted aggressive towards me(you would think me being a new person he would, but nope)


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I have to agree. If you can find a good who will look at snakes ONLY then you should begin research on them for your home, it would be pointless to get one and not have a professional for it. I think a couple days or months spent looking at FAQ's and talking to breeders would be best before jumping the gun. You must factor in things like set-up, lights, heat, food, temperment, size requirements, um... yea. Do your research.
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I will concur on the: 1. Do more research; 2. Choose a corn snake.

Corns are an excellent choice due to size, ease of care, and personality, but you need to first source all your equipment and caging before you start looking for a snake.

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Corns are really good beginner snakes.
Make sure you do any and all research before getting any snake.




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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-19-2012, 08:46 AM
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I had a corn as my first snake and I highly recommend it,, they are great for beginners, for many reasons,, I have recently upgraded to ball pythons so I have 3 corns and 2 balls,, oh and yea snakes are addicting. I do recommend getting from a breeder or adopting a no longer wanted snake,, I do prefer getting a snake that is bigger rather than getting a baby. but that is personal preferance.
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I do prefer getting a snake that is bigger rather than getting a baby. but that is personal preferance.
Not entirely. Getting a well-established juvenile is preferable to getting a baby, particularly for beginners...the former are easier to feed, hardier, and less fragile when it comes to handling.

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Both species make great pets IF you do your research first. You have a bit less wiggle room for mistakes with ball pythons.

Corn snakes are more active.
Ball pythons are better 'sit and watch tv with me' snakes.

Some ball pythons have feeding issues...so do some corn snakes, though it's even more rare. If you choose a ball python, get one from a breeder who is already feeding it frozen/thawed, and get its feeding records with it, so you can see for yourself that it's been eating weekly. You should have no issues if you set up the enclosure correctly.

DO NOT buy your animal from a pet store. Buy from a breeder. There is likely one local to you, but if not, they can be shipped. Check references before buying from a breeder. Be prepared to pay more for having an animal shipped. Remember that these animals may live up to 30 years.

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Not entirely. Getting a well-established juvenile is preferable to getting a baby, particularly for beginners...the former are easier to feed, hardier, and less fragile when it comes to handling.
just curious are you agreeing or disagreeing with me?? All I was trying to say is that I prefer an older snake to hatchling,, others prefer hatchlings so they can watch them grow,,,, I guess I dont really understand your wording.
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Maybe he misunderstood. I agree too, by the way--a juvenile or adult is much more robust, and you also have a clear idea of the snake's personality and feeding pattern by then. (Hatchlings are nippy, flighty, and can be more picky).
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