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Old 09-26-02, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I never thought this would happen, but....

The more time I've been spending around this place listening to everyone talk about their snakes, the more they've been growing on me... hehe

Not that I'm sure that I'll actually get one or anything -- I just want to get a feel for the waters, so to speak I kinda like the cornsnakes... I definitely wouldn't want something that gets big. Got enough problems with the thought of having a small snake Are there any other species than corns that make decent beginner snakes? For some reason I don't like the kingsnakes, don't ask me why I'm definitely open to suggestions though, and I'd love to see pictures of the different species, if you have them. Speaking of which, is there a site that I can go to that will have the different species of snakes listed, with pictures & care instructions & stuff?

Anyhoo -- thanks for any input
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Old 09-26-02, 07:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jen,
I think the best snakes are boas. Yes they can get bigger than a corns but they are much better looking. If you go with a male they will stay smaller. Many breeders have males that are 5 ft. or less. I also like the personalty better. Most of my boas want to come out.
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LOL -- 5 ft is small? *grin*... that's like almost as tall as I am!! Hehe...

Those pictures are sure pretty though
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hehe Ball pythons are GREAT snakes, Not many speacial requirements they generally only get about 4 feet long, VERY tame. Just make sure you get a Captive Born snake, Buy it from a reputable breeder.
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i think that some of the colouring on boas is gorgeous but...don't hate...i don't care for the head shape of the boas

take a look at Kathy Love's site for some great pix http://www.corn-utopia.com/
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Thanks Silke

Brazilian Rainbow Boa
Dwarf Reticulated Python
Irian Jaya Carpet
Ball Python
Suri red tail boa

Just cruised through the photo galleries, and other than the corns those are the ones that caught my eye Don't know if any of them are even remotely suitable though!

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Even corns get 4-5 ft. And its ok to not like the shape of certain snakes. I think corns look like broom sticks. I do not like the personalty of balls. They are called balls for a reason, they curl up in one and stay that way for long periods of time.
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Clownfishie,
i was browsing the gallery today too and Jeff's and Lindsay's pix really got me thinking twice about the boids
I am seriously reconsidering on the emerald tree boas
i think it depands and what characteristics you would like...
what sankes hide more, what is handlable, what colours, patterns you like
don't know what else would sway the vote...
when I saw the snakes Scotty had and saw that pretty little brown and orange female I knew I had to have her
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Guess they just don't seem as big since they stay "skinny"... I guess when I think of a big snake, I think of one that's really big around, as much as one that's long....
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i think the pattern and colouring on this one is awesome...but he'll be a big 'un
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Yeah, he's a beauty, that's for sure Burms get WAY too big for me though

What I'd want -- well, I definitely don't want a bad tempered snake... I'm iffy enough about handling them at this point without that added worry. So handleable is good.

Emerald Tree Boas are absolutely gorgeous -- I could never afford one anyways though! Hehe And I've heard that they're not very nice... temperament-wise.... beautiful though
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Jen, go for a corn snake then you can get them in a variety of colors. I would suggest you get one thats already well started though, hatchling corns can be a real pain in the butt to get eating. Find one you like that is feeding from tongs and you shouldnt have a problem the key to enjoying this hobby is to get yourself something you will be comfortable with. If you would like something a LITTLE bigger then go for the irian jaya carpet, which will stay skinnier then most snakes and stay in the same length category... but the key is to get something YOU feel comfortable with and if its a corn snake then get the corn snake
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If you want a nice well started corn, email me and i will put you in touch with someone in toronto who can help you out for a great price
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Corns are great! I like the Kingsnakes a bit more, but that's just me.

Good luck with your choice. I hope you enjoy your snake!
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Thanks Jeff

I'm not really looking immediately -- actually I'm going to be moving out to Victoria next month, that's going to be enough fun with my gang of leos, nevermind adding another critter to the bunch And while I have someone to look after the leos until I find a place to live out there, I don't think that she'd go for looking after a snake too

I think that that about narrows things down to the corn or the jaya then... they're irian jaya carpet pythons? or boas... pythons I think (have you noticed how easy it is to type pythongs? I do it every time, and then have to correct it... hehe...). How big to the jayas get?

Truthfully, the one thing that's really holding me back from getting a snake is feeding time -- I'm sure that I'll get used to handling them, but the idea of feeding them fuzzy little animals just gives me the shudders.... I'm ok with feeding insects, they're just ugly little things... but mice are cute, and furry... and pinkies are even worse, they're so small and helpless looking... ack So now my master plan is to get a snake, and then find a roommate who'll feed him for me... LOL The best of both worlds

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