My snakes are my pets as well but I have traded.
Just recently I traded my stripe female. I really liked her, wanted to keep her but at the same time knew that all her babies would end up missing her beautiful coloriation because I have no suitable mate for her, and I didn't want another snake. So I traded her for a morph thats more compatable with my collection.
Sure I miss her, but I also enjoy my new snake, and he is treated as a pet. Its not always bad. Nor always good when trading.