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Old 10-22-17, 06:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm new here
I currently don't have any reptiles, but I am researching on this site to see if they are right for me!
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Old 10-22-17, 10:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome!

What species are you interested in?
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Welcome!

What species are you interested in?
I'm interested in snakes. Are there any beginner snakes that you think I should start to look into?
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Old 10-23-17, 03:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Plenty, but it depends on what you like big, small, calm, crazy, ... plenty of choice.
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Old 10-24-17, 11:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Personally I don't subscribe to the whole beginner snake thing. Sure there's some specific species that I'd suggest weren't suitable for beginners but they number less (at least the ones that are easily obtainable) than those that, with a bit of research, anyone would be able to keep.

Look at the huge variety of king snakes, rat snakes and milk snakes for starters. Huge number of options right there...
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Personally I don't subscribe to the whole beginner snake thing. Sure there's some specific species that I'd suggest weren't suitable for beginners but they number less (at least the ones that are easily obtainable) than those that, with a bit of research, anyone would be able to keep.

Look at the huge variety of king snakes, rat snakes and milk snakes for starters. Huge number of options right there...
Agree. As long as you do the research, almost any snake is ok as a first snake. Research the snake that interests you, and try and find someone that has one that will let you handle it.
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Welcome to the forum. You found great place for information.

If you list a few things you'd like in a snake we can suggest some options that fit. There are many snakes perfectly fine for a beginner that won't come up in any search of beginner snakes.
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I really like the Trans-Pecos rat snake for a beginner pet, although they are also great for more advanced keepers who want something a little different. They are cute, with natural bug eyes and are active and interesting to watch. They are very gentle and not at all bitey. They have exceptionally soft skin and are a delight to hold. They are just really nice, laid-back snakes. I don't advocate handling snakes in the wild, but you could pick up a Trans-Pecos rat snake you found by the road side and it probably wouldn't bite you or even put up any struggle.

The only caveats are that being desert snakes they need plenty of ventilation and humidity that's not too excessive. They also eat prey that is one size smaller than you would normally feed a snake of the same size. Otherwise they are very hardy and easy care snakes.

Another good beginner choice is the perennially popular corn snake. They also are very hardy and easy to care for, and they come in a rainbow of colors.
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I'd go for most other Pantherophis sp. over a corn. I have found corns pretty evenly split between friendly ones and utter b*****D's.
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