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Old 03-19-17, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Snake Suggestions!

It became clearly obvious to me that obtaining a captive bred Sunbeam Snake is literally going to take me quite a while to find. So I am this time a little bit more open to suggestions on what my first pet snake should be!
Im primarily looking for a small snake, that doesn't require a huge space (if possible I'd like to turn one of my small bins into a terrarium as I am really uncomfortable with glass tanks right now), easy to care for, non-venomous!!

Of course, not all snakes have to meet those specific requirements lolol but I'd like some suggestions on some you'd think would be great for a starter!!

P.S. Ok but like I just researched and there's also new world sunbeams/Mexican Burrowing Pythons, so if anyone knows someone who is selling please let me know, too!!
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Old 03-20-17, 12:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: New Snake Suggestions!

I'd suggest either a Hognose Snake, Kenyan Sand Boa, or a California Kingsnake depending on how big of a snake you'd like.
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Re: New Snake Suggestions!

Hognose are *technically* venomous but not dangerous and wonderful pets with a lot of personality. They're also a snake that you'll see out and about during the day. I hear Kenyan sand boas and rosy boas are also good options for the really small guys. I actually wouldn't suggest a California kingsnake for a beginner, at least not mine haha. She's generally pissy [literally pees on me when handling] and is the snake I trust the least, handle the least, and is the hardest to handle out of my three. Kingsnakes don't hang on like other species and they are constantly moving which can be fun when handling but also takes more attention and work, don't want to drop them! But I do love my Cali King, she's very inquisitive.

I am, however, absolutely partial to rainbow boas. Normally, I wouldn't necessarily suggest them a starter snake but you did say that you wanted a sunbeam snake and they are somewhat similar with all that rainbowy goodness. Rainbows aren't incredibly easy and aren't the most forgiving but once you get the set up right, they aren't hard. They take a little more time managing the set up for the right humidity but I don't even need to spray every day to keep the humidity where it needs to be. They have a reputation for being 'bitey' that's pretty undeserved. Rainbow boas don't seem to bite any more than most other species though newborn babies are nippy [like so many other species]. They also can't be in temperatures over 85 F so if you live somewhere where it gets pretty warm or don't have a/c, it may not be a good choice. Also, they get up to 7ft for females [usually 6ft] though they are very slender, but that may be over what you consider a small snake. They do great in tubs though!
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Re: New Snake Suggestions!

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Hognose are *technically* venomous but not dangerous and wonderful pets with a lot of personality. They're also a snake that you'll see out and about during the day. I hear Kenyan sand boas and rosy boas are also good options for the really small guys. I actually wouldn't suggest a California kingsnake for a beginner, at least not mine haha. She's generally pissy [literally pees on me when handling] and is the snake I trust the least, handle the least, and is the hardest to handle out of my three. Kingsnakes don't hang on like other species and they are constantly moving which can be fun when handling but also takes more attention and work, don't want to drop them! But I do love my Cali King, she's very inquisitive.

I am, however, absolutely partial to rainbow boas. Normally, I wouldn't necessarily suggest them a starter snake but you did say that you wanted a sunbeam snake and they are somewhat similar with all that rainbowy goodness. Rainbows aren't incredibly easy and aren't the most forgiving but once you get the set up right, they aren't hard. They take a little more time managing the set up for the right humidity but I don't even need to spray every day to keep the humidity where it needs to be. They have a reputation for being 'bitey' that's pretty undeserved. Rainbow boas don't seem to bite any more than most other species though newborn babies are nippy [like so many other species]. They also can't be in temperatures over 85 F so if you live somewhere where it gets pretty warm or don't have a/c, it may not be a good choice. Also, they get up to 7ft for females [usually 6ft] though they are very slender, but that may be over what you consider a small snake. They do great in tubs though!
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Great picture! I agree on the BRB, get the set up stable first but once you have it you're good and they are great animals! I had one, named Daisy, that actually helped three of my friends get over their fear of snakes since she was so docile and well tempered. I miss her greatly since she was such a great animal. That's just talking about personality, you get that plus a gorgeous coloration and pattern on top of that!
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Re: New Snake Suggestions!

Hognose is a great suggestion. I'd also recommend garter snakes. I've actually never kept them myself, but there are some beautiful species out there. And, I think they'd be interesting.
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Re: New Snake Suggestions!

Another small snake is a house snake. I had a hognose and he had issues with not wanting to eat. So if you don't mind dealing with that hognoses are a neat little snake. I've also had a sand boa and she was a nice little snake too. Hardly ever saw her but when I did get her out, super chill. Also always ate.
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