First Snake

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First Snake

Postby PrinceVlad » Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:00 pm

Hi Guys

I have been doing research for the past three weeks or so on which is the best snake for a first time owner.

It seems that the general consensus is that it is either a Ball Python or a Corn Snake.

I personally like the Ball Python more, but I have read that they can be difficult when it comes to feeding. From what I read it appears that Corns are easier to keep husbandry wise.

What would you guys suggest is the ideal beginner snake taking into account that my 9 year old daughter will also handle the snake.

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Re: First Snake

Postby Mitton » Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:05 pm

Ball Pythons and Corn Snakes are great beginner snakes but they are very different.
Ball Pythons can be a bit more difficult to keep as they sometimes go on a feeding strike and for a new keeper this can be a bit stressful.
Corn Snakes are very easy.
Both come is various color morphs so many to choose from.

I think if you do your homework and buy from a reputable breeder then either will be fine for you and your daughter. Read up a bit more and see if a colubrid or python is more what you like, as I said they are very different from each other when it comes to size and how active they are.

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Re: First Snake

Postby PrinceVlad » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:11 am

Thanks for the advice.

Like I said I personally like the ball python, the only negatives appear to be the feeding that sometimes seem to be a problem. It seems that a positive of the corn is that it is a more "outgoing" snake.

Which is better to house the snake in, a tank or a rack system? Ive heard that young ball pythons don't do well in larger enclosures, so I was thinking of building a rack system which then has space for future snakes.
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Re: First Snake

Postby Westley Price » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:09 am

Hi There

I reckon dont limit your self by what is considered a "good beginner" snake.

Many King snake species are very calm and extremely hardy and forgiving, so they also make great starters. Even Milks make good starters.

I might be stepping on some toes here, but I find Balls dont have too much of a personality. Carpets have much more personality. They can be feisty to start off with, but calm down nicely. Especially if you get a yearling or older.

Snakes dont do too well is typical fish tanks, but wooden enclosures with a sliding glass front work well. Especially in you just have one snake or a very small group. Racks are widely used mostly for saving space.

If you might grow your collection, I suggest start with a rack, but if you want a nice display and something more visually appealing, go for a wooden enclosure.
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Re: First Snake

Postby Mitton » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:23 am

Westley is right, there are MANY different options out there. And yes, baby snakes of any species can bite, Corns and Balls included.
I always say for a first snake go for a cage where you can view the snake from the outside and enjoy it more.

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Re: First Snake

Postby PrinceVlad » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:19 pm

Thanks guys.

I see there is an expo during March as well. What is the difference between the two?

I've read up a bit on the carpet pythons and they seem great. Where will you find them in SA? Westley, do you suggest that you go for a yearling and not a hatchling?

With regard to the enclosure I was thinking of building a rack system and my second option was to build a wood enclosure with a glass front. The plan was to build them the same size so that you can stack them.

Say I build an enclosure of 1200mmx600mmx600mm, can a yearling carpet python be housed in there or is that too big? The reason I am asking is that I don't want to build one and build another a year down the line. Also, will you be able to house a corn or king in that size from a young age? My thinking is maybe get a carpet python for me and a corn for my daughter. :D
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Re: First Snake

Postby Westley Price » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:31 pm

Mitton has a great selection of Carpets and I think some yearlings for sale too, so send him a PM.

Yeah, yearlings settle down nicely. Getting hatchlings to feed can be a little bit tricky too sometimes, but a yearling will feed like a monster!

Perhaps Mitton can better advise you regarding enclosure sizes for Carpets, but that size is fine for Corns and Kings, from hatchling to adult. I know many people say snakes stress in big cages, but that is only if not enough hiding spots are provided. You just shouldnt have a huge cage with one little hide in the corner. The snakes will feel exposed.
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