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Old 09-26-04, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What Snake?????

I am looking for a snake that is exotic, is easily handleable and can fit in a 50 galleon tank. note- it can't be dangerouse or really high strung.
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Old 09-26-04, 12:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So what snake would you reckomend I buy????????????????????
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Or if you want to go more exotic then maybe a yellow rat, bullsnake. I don't have any experience with them but I've always thought it'd be cool to put a racer in a decent size tank and watch it prowl around; though they are reputed to be high strung and likely aren't good to handle.
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What's your budget?

Spotted pythons are exotic, small, and handle quite readily. They're beautiful little things too.
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not Super much but pretty decent

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not Super much but pretty decent
What does that mean, in your terms? For example pretty decent to me means under $1000, while for someone else that may mean under $50 or under $6000.

Also that each breeder/supplier/shop sets various prices, you may find it difficult to pin it down to just a few.

What kind of snakes do you like? Go from there

Hope you find a great pet!

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Get something that appeals to you. 50g is plenty big for most colubrids and small boids, so you have a lot of choices. In the kingsnake/milksnake family there are TONS of great choices. Some of my favorites: Honduran milksnakes, grey-banded kingsnakes and Mexican black kingsnakes. All can be easily handled if you handle them regularily when young. Bullsnakes are wonderfull snakes, but if you end up with a big one, 50g might be a bit tight. They can get to 7' or more. I've never kept gopher snakes, but I've read that Sonorans stay smaller...typically 5' or so. That would work out nicely in a 50g.

If you prefer boids (less active, heavier bodied), Ball Python, spotted/children's python, small boa constrictor (male Hogg Island for example), Jungle or Irian Jaya carpet python.

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A ball python sounds perfect for you
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I am interested in a ball python. Are they nocturnal?
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Ball pythons make great begginer snakes. They are very docile, great looking and do not require a ton of experience. as long as you get a well started CB baby of a reputable breeder you should have no problems. One drawback is that some of them have a tendancy to go off feed for long periods of time but if your a patient person that should not be a problem. I would recommend talking to Corey Woods or Marcus Jayne they specialize in "Morphs" but they might have normals. They would be able to answer any of your questions I would assume. Another thing to do would be go and research Ball pythons and see if they are for you, there is a good basic care post in the Ball Python forum you should check it out.


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Old 09-27-04, 04:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yer go for a ball python. They make great little pets, and most seem to enjoy being handled where most snakes just tolerate it. They are easy to look after as long as you find one that is a good feeder, and stay relatively small, and dont need a big enclosure. They are nocturnal but mine is out more in the day time than the night and constantly seems pretty active. Whether many of them are like this I am not sure, but mine is. Good luck with whatever you choose though.

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In my opinion ball pythons are not good beginer snakes. The refusal to eat will drive you nuts, if you get a picky one. Husbandry requirements are not for a beginer either. Go for a corn snake. Some days I wish I had....
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I would say get just about anything other than a ball python. If you do get a ball make sure it is CBB and established on f/t rats. Otherwise if this is you first snake you could be great disapointed. Ball Pythons can test the paitents of even the most experienced keepers. I personally have about 15 right now so trust me when I say they can be a pain. I never recomend them as a first snake.
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