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As a former zookeeper I've dealt with tons of different species of snake. Ruling out the ones you obviously don't want (mottled rock rattlesnakes are adorable!), I'd have to say that my all-time favorites that I've worked with have been a group of eastern hognose and a very personable queretero kingsnake. These snakes have by far had the best personality of all the snakes that would meet your requirements and they are also gorgeous to look at.
Caveat: I haven't worked with sand boas or rosy boas extensively, but they also seem cute and personable to me.
As a former zookeeper I've dealt with tons of different species of snake. Ruling out the ones you obviously don't ... Caveat: I haven't worked with sand boas or rosy boas extensively, but they also seem cute and personable to me.

My reptile exhibit at the museum features 26 species of reptiles. Out of all them, I found one of my new favorite snakes...he was an unexpected one at that. A beautifully colored Western Hognose. I have had Easterns before, but there is just something about this Western that I adore.

But as a whole, asking for a favorite snake is just impossible. I love my Savu's, Taiwan Blue Beauties, my common boa..
My wish list? A captive bred Madarin Rat Snake and a screamer Peruvian Red Tail Boa. Man, if I had the budget, I would have bought a Madarin for the exhibit!
This will be my thirtieth year keeping herptiles, mostly snakes. Over the years I've kept hundreds of different species, including hots.

The boa constrictor, in it's many forms, will always be my favorite. My breeder female has been with me for 21 years this month and was probably two months old when I bought her.
Immediately after their first shed, baby boas have a feel to them unlike any other snake. Their scales are bead-like and velvety.

I have other exotic snakes from exotic places but for some reason when I look at a boa I can almost smell the jungle.
Cheers,
Kurt
Sometime in the future, in the next year or two, I plan on getting a snake. I don't know what ... 15 feet), and nothing that is difficult to feed/keep healthy. So, my question is: What are your favorite species? Gloria

Favorite snake? Thats like asking my favorite oxygen. I don't buy wild caught. I've been bit too many times to buy hot. but otherwise.
Sometime in the future, in the next year or two, ... time going from store to store, drooling. Now, there's a

Oh, don't drool at STORES. Have you gone to a reptile show?? Now THAT will drive you crazy! Don't get ... hognoses a lot too. They are very cute and personable, but make sure you get one that's feeding on mice.

Oh, I've been to a few reptile shows, and maybe I'm spoiled by the size of the local birds shows, but the local reptile shows don't impress me that much. I see just about the same range of species as I do at the stores in Portland.
Gloria
My reptile exhibit at the museum features 26 species of reptiles. Out of all them, I found one of my ... screamer Peruvian Red Tail Boa. Man, if I had the budget, I would have bought a Madarin for the exhibit!

What's a Savu's? And is the Taiwan Blue Beauty the same as a Taiwanese Beauty Snake? OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) has a pretty good reptile program, and I know they had one several years ago. Beautiful animal.
They also have a lovely enclosure for their Burmese python, Bubba, and every year they host a captive bred reptile expo with the Rose City Herpetological Society. I think that's where I saw the Borneo short-tails. Beautiful animals, I think I'll add them to my list!
Gloria
Thanks guys. Not that it actually helped narrow things down for me. grins It did, howevever, point out a few species I wasn't aware of.

The snakes listed thus far in this thread are:
boa constrictor, all forms apparently, but especailly the redtailed Corn
Kings (California, queretero)
Milksnakes (Nelson's)
Taiwan Blue Beauty snake
Hognose (Western and Eastern)
Ball Python
Rosy Boa
Sand Boas
Pine Snake
Gopher Snakes
Bull Snakes
Grey Rat Snak (a new one for me!)
Macklott's (another new one, what are they, exactly?) Savu's (new one number three, and again, what is it?) Madarin Rat Snake (new one number four!)
Gloria
You can see some of our children here: http://travelingwonders.com/critters.htm

How odd to me that you refer to your Savus as "extremely calm". The 6 Savus that I used to care for at the zoo were some of the nastiest snakes in the collection. The only ones nastier were the adult Puerto Rican boas. Anytime you opened the Savu exhibit you had 6 heads lunging out at you in unison. Luckily they all had crappy aim. The Puerto Ricans, on the other hand, were quite accurate.

-M
You can see some of our children here: http://travelingwonders.com/critters.htm

How odd to me that you refer to your Savus as "extremely calm". The 6 Savus that I used to care for at the zoo were some of the nastiest snakes in the collection.

The nastiest snake in my collection is...
a corn snake
...seriously.
This guy has a major attitude probelm, and appears to hate all humans, other corn snakes, anything except mice really. He's bad tempered to the core and will go straight into a threat posture, rattling his tail like crazy every time he sees movement. I think that he maybe thinks he's a black mamba, or something.
Go figure.
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