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Old 05-12-2012, 08:18 AM
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Hi there. My name's Max, and I'm new to your forum as well as the world of reptile pets. I'm looking into getting a snake though, and I have very little to go on other than Youtube videos as to what to purchase. My main concern is friendliness. I'd like a snake that enjoys being held, will chill on my hand without much of a fuss, and is basically a good friend to have around. My other concern is maintenance. A snake that does not require an extremely expensive enclosure and constant supervision is preferred. I'm a college student on a lower budget.

Thanks in advance for helping a complete newbie.


P.S. The spotted python has been suggested by a friend. Your thoughts?
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:23 AM
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Spotteds make great pets, just do your research and make sure you know the species inside out. it is just a shame I have had to sell mine.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:43 AM
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snake temprement does vary from species to species - spotties are nice snakes but I have had a couple that were very bitey.

I am going say dwarf boa - a nice crawl cay is hard to beat imo
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:23 AM
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I agree with sharpstrain - cant beat a nice dwarf boa (except a nice full sized boa lol)
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:31 PM
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I'd have to say royals, they are as cheap or as expensive as you want to make them. Hides, water bowls etc can all be made up from empty tubs and food is nice and cheap. They are not known to bite and like being handled. Only downside is they can be very fussy feeders. It's not uncommon to find a male normal royal with full setup for £100. They are called a perfect beginners snake for a reason.
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:02 PM
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any snake is a 'good' snake to start with if you do your research have a look in the snake pictures section, see what you like the look of and go from there! as for temperament ot varies snake to snake as much as between species, just because most people have a particularly docile snake doesnt always mean youll get 'lucky' aswel...

good luck whatever you decide to get
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:53 AM
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I would have to say corn snakes....
They don't grow too big, Lovely to watch and they love to be handled.
My baby corn snake can be a little bit feisty when you try to pick him up but when he is out and about he is completely different and loves to climb over me

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Old 07-12-2012, 12:56 AM
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nothing as forgiving as an established boa...

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Old 07-12-2012, 03:22 AM
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i have a corn. viv isnt expensive as they dont get to big so can be kept in a smaller home, low maintainence, you dont need a right lot in there bar a couple hides a water bowl and heat mat and they love being handled, although i also have a royal python, they are a little harder to keep in the respect they wont always eat and it can be frustrating at times, as well as a slightly higher humidity rate is required and a little extra heat but other than that its the same story, love to be handled and great to watch. i have been researching a hog island boa as they are my absolute faves and from what i can gather they are just as easy to keep as both of the above and verry nice to look at, as well as being a diurnal species (out in the daytime) as opposed to the others being nocturnal (royal) and crepuscular ( active dusk and dawn, corn) s you see them a little more. as others have said its down to what you like best because with the right reseach any snake is good as a starter.....just not a bloody burm!
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:42 AM
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well said black mamba. any snake is good to begin with if you do your homework but please not a burm!too many people buy them and quickly realise they have nowhere to keep a 18/20ft giant that eats small farm animals whole. id have to agree that most people start on corns/royals and get the bug and so work onto smaller boids and so on and it seems to work. knowledge of any animal grows with time spent observing, learning from mistakes and so on. good luck whatever you choose.
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