Snakes as Pets

Corn Snakes (Pantherophis Guttatus Guttatus)

Corn snakes are perhaps the easiest species of snake to look after. Commonly available in the pet trade they develop into a manageable sized pet, rarely suffer from feeding or health problems and have agreeable temperaments. Corn snakes are an attractive addition to a vivarium and can become very tame and easy to handle.

Garter snakes (Thamnophis Genus)

Garter Snakes make really good first snake pets as they are small and resilient; being active by day allows the keeper to be able to access the snake for taming and handling. They can be brightly coloured and generally simple to keep.

Milk Snakes & King Snakes (Lampropeltis Genus).

Another species to cause few problems are the Milk & King Snakes. These snakes have a vibrant colour and are usually very attractive. They grow to a manageable size and can be easily tamed with regular handling. Some species can be a little feisty, so expert advice before purchase could be useful.

Rosy Boas (Lichanura trivirgata)

These small boas are ideal snakes for those interested in constrictors. They are simple to care for, easy to handle, reluctant to bite and accept being handled very well. The Rosy Boa is a very attractive snake.

Rainbow Boas (Epicrates cenchria)

These are medium sized snakes, although they tend to be slimmer than some of the other boa species, so are quite manageable. Another very attractive snake with a beautiful rainbow sheen. The one difficulty in keeping Rainbow Boas is the constant high-humidity that needs to be maintained for them to thrive.

Common Boa Constrictors (Boa constrictor imperator)

Common Boas can grow to a considerable size and can be very heavy and cumbersome, so need experienced keepers. They are docile in nature, but require a large vivarium and large prey such as small rabbits, so the cost of keeping one could escalate as they grow.

Jungle Carpet Pythons (Morelia Spilota Cheynei)

These slender, medium-sized snakes are better suited to a keeper who has experience due to them being 'snappy' while they are young. Growing up to 6 feet, once tamed they can be handled well, but do require persistence in teaching them to accept handling. They have a striking yellow and black pattern.

Royal Python (Python Regius)

The Royal Python is more suitable as a pet for experienced snake owners, although they grow to a manageable size they can be difficult to feed as they tend to go off their food regularly, especially when stressed by too much handling, or when ill and during shedding. They also are quite a docile snake.