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Old 09-02-04, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,i've never had a snake before and i'm wantind some help on choosing my first snake,what I would like to get a small snake under 2 feet a snake that dosent need live food a snake that won't take to much care and time away from myaquariums.
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Old 09-02-04, 07:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im not sure what snake would be good for you but Im sure some one on the site can help you out. BTW Welcome to ssnakess!
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I agree with CDN-Cresties, if you don't have the time for a snake, I wouldn't recommend getting one. I'm not experienced since I haven't had any, but I do know that they require a good amount of time!!

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Hi and welcome to snakes!! I'd say get a corn snake, but I"m partial to corns. lol. I also have some ball pythons, a kenyon sand boa, a hognose, and hopefully soon a pair of pueblan milks. But dont' just take my word for it. I've only been into snakes since May. Wanted some for years but hubby was too afraid. He finally gave in so watch out now!! lol.
I'd say the corn is the best feeder, will take f/t food from the get go and my three have never refused a meal, even in shed. They are super friendly and very tallerant of begginers when it comes to handling, housing, heating, ect. They don't get too big, Mostly around 4 feet or under, but if your real lucky you can get a 5 footer. My biggest adult is 4feet 3 inches.
But you have to figure out what you are looking for in a snake. I'd say check these out for beginner snakes. You can go to google.ca and search for care sheets for these snakes. They are mostly beginners. Keep in mind that some are not as easy feeders as others, like some balls.

Begginer snakes.
Corns (and they come in a variety of colors and patterns. Awesome snakes. )
milk snakes, (also come in many different colors and subspecies.)
ball python
rosey boa
kenyon sand boa

I'm sure there are many more beginner snakes out there and someone with more experience will come along and fill you in. But that should get you started.

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sorry double posted. Computer went down. lol
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Hey welcome to ssnakess, If you want a smaller snake then get a spotted python or a childs python they only grow to about 3 to 4 feet. and are great starter snakes. very easy to take care of and easy to handle but i do agree with proud2bcanadian if you dont have the time then maybe you should not get one all animals need care.
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Thanks for the help,i'm thinking about not getting a snake now i'll have to think about it a little more.
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Sand boas stay very small
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I'd agree with lizlady... spotteds (Antaresia maculosa) can get a little bigger, like 4-5 feet, but children's (Antaresia childreni) stay a little smaller (3 feet or so). Both are reputed to have an excellent feeding responce and good temperment.

Perhaps a ribbon snake (Thamnphis ssp.) would be another good choice. They are mostly live fish-eaters but I've heard of them feeding on frozen mouse pinkies. They are a little more nervous and not very good to handle but they're lots of fun to watch. They get to be about three feet.

Good luck with snakes, just curious, what do you keep in your aquariams?

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I dont think that you should not get a snake just get one that stays small or not that big. maybe you should try getting a lizard first,sometimes that easier and you can see if you think you will have time. If you get maybe a bearded dragon or leopard gecko, they need to be feed and keep clean but other then that really they are easy to keep. I am not saying that they dont need attention but they dont need as much. good luck.
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IMO, snakes are easier to keep than lizards. Snakes like Antaresia require about as little care as is possible, just a tub with a heat gradient and some food now and then.

Many lizards require UV lighting, vitaman supplements, a varied diet as well as a more elaborite cage design and more frequent feedings.

The most important thing is to do lots of research before choosing a pet.

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I'm not experienced since I haven't had any, but I do know that they require a good amount of time!!
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Snakes are very low maintenance and do not require very much attention at all. In fact, too much attention should be avoided. Most of my snakes get no more than a few minutes of my time every week.

I would recommend a Rosy Boa or Sandboa. They have similar care requirements, and can be housed in a ten gallon aquarium as adults. They need to be kept dry, only offer them water every couple weeks. They are usually quite docile, however som,etimes they can be tricky to start feeding, so make sure it is already feeding very well on frozen/thawed prey. Sandboas are range from 1.5'-3' and Rosy Boas range from 2'-3'.

2' female Mexican Rosy Boa
<img src="http://www.ssnakess.com/photopost/data/508/22sweetnessinhand.jpg">

2.5' female Whitewater Canyon Rosy Boa
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neonate axanthic Kenyan Sandboa
<img src="http://www.ssnakess.com/photopost/data/508/22wee_axanthic_kenyan.jpg">
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Thank you! nice pics, i'll reasearch the Sandboa.
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