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    Potential New Snake Owner

    Hi!

    I am very much into reptiles, and have had many lizards before...i have had as many as three generations of bearded dragons, but had to give them away when i moved...

    anyway, now im very interested in getting a snake or two...i was wondering, well basically everything, most importantly what species to get.

    And if there are any convincing arguments out there for winning over the squemish in my family...

    Thanks so much!
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    Wow, what an open question! So many choices that so many people could give.
    With that much experience with lizards, you can probably bypass the garter snake, if you like. It's a great beginner's snake. You could catch a local one, try it for a while and let it go when you are ready for something else.
    I think a great choice would either be a corn snake or some kind of king snake. I would stay away from the milksnakes, as they tend to be a little more nervous.
    As for the squemish, aren't they from Pennsylvania and make great furniture?

    Seriously, that's a tough one. I've had some here for years and my wife and youngest can't get thru the colors, ect, and only see another snake. Good luck with that part.

    Cheers,

    Joe

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    Ball python. Duh.

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    My favorite is a the western hognose. It's a very cool snake, it's friendly and easy to care for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustLikeAPill View Post
    Ball python. Duh.
    thats a piss poor answer to give a newbie. most ball pythons found for sale are wild caught. a wild caught ball python is prolly THE WORST snake for a newbie. captive bred ball pythons are probably one of the best species fo beginners. if you are going to recommend ball pythons you MUST inform a newbie of the difference.

    corn snakes arent bad but due to lots of inbreeding ive run into more than a few psychotic individuals. if yah want a corn dont buy a youngin buy one thats getting close to a year old. youngins are about the diameter of a pencil and easily hurt. year old ones are much more robust and easier to tame down as your less apt to hurt them.

    hognosed snakes are an EXCELLENT suggestion.

    main thing to keep in mind is if you have snakes your prolly going to get bit. if the thought of getting bit scares you there are very few snakes your going to be able to deal with. if you keep pythons and boas you WILL get bit at some point. if you deal with colubrids on a long term basis you WILL get bit as hatchlings defense is biting. also with ANY species you sometime run into a psychotic individual. unless your willing to get bit do not order one via the internet....go to a local breeder, handle a number of animals and find one with a good temperament.

    not trying to steer you away ive just helped to many newbies get started only to have them freak out at me cause they got some lil pin pricks in their hand and saw a lil blood....its part of the game. ive had 7 foot pythons latch on to my arm, ive had smaller snakes hit my hand thinking its food, had a hatchling spotted python hanging off my eye lid cause it though my blinking ment it was prey. had hatchling corn snakes attatch themselves to my fingers(the last two didnt even draw blood.....teeth werent long enough to get through the skin and break a blood vessel )

    snakes bite and if yah keep reptiles long enough you get to see a good deal of your own blood via claws or teeth....just a fact of life.
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    Stay chooned in for more! Clint's Avatar
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    Damn dude, don't get bent out of shape about it.

    Please excuse my piss poor answer, Obregon. Apparently "Captive bred Ball python. Duh." is the right answer.

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    Oh yeah one more thing about hognose. They don't bite. The only time they will bite is if they mistake you for food, which is rare if you take the precautions that you should take with any snake. When you startle them they will make you think they are the meanest snake on earth and will act like they are trying to bite, but it's all a bluff.

    Even though you have to be prepared to be bite, that doesn't mean you will be. I have had 4 snakes going on in the last 5 years and I have not been bit yet. Even though I have one of the psycho snakes that Rattler was telling you about. She was pure evil for the first 3 years I had her. I named her Lucy, it was short for Lucifer. She tried her best to see what my hand tasted like. Somehow I was always just a little bit quicker than she was. I know I'll get bit one day.

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    JLAP.......sorry....been a rough weekend and im a lil gumpy. just seen to many newbies be told a ball is the prefect beginner snake, they run out find a cheap WC individual and wonder why it refuses to eat for 9-18 months.

    as for snakes unlikely to bite: CB ball python, cb western hognosed, rubber boa(specialist snake so dont bother though im told you can dress your finger up in a mouse suit and they are still unlikely to bite) and rosy boa's are unlikely to bite. there are a few others but they are hard to get. most anything else you cant go by species you have to go by individuals.

    also if you happen to be afraid of being bit stay away from any arboreal snake, its not necessarily that they are more likely to bite(though some species are) it that they have long freaking teeth to grab ahold of birds. the 7 foot python that latched on to my arm was a carpet python....dont really have any scars from the experiance but it was a bloody and painful ordeal. even though the snakes head wasnt very big(they are a loooong skinny snake) its teeth were pretty long for its size. but pythons are one of the snakes i enjoy most so i just resigned myself to the fact i was going to take a hit on occasion. and the 3 or so years i had that carpet python that was the only time she took offense to me and struck. several hundred times out of the cage and she only struck at me that once. still not sure why it happened, guess she had a bad day.
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