Sometime in the future, in the next year or two, I plan on getting a snake. I don't know what kind yet, so right now I seem to be spending most of my time going from store to store, drooling. Now, there's a lot of neat species out there, and the hard part IMO is trying to figure out just which one I'll end up getting. This is sort of a long-term plan, nothing I want to do right this instant, so I figure that I might as well start researching different species. My limits are for captive bred, nothing dangerous to handle (no hots, or snakes exceeding 15 feet), and nothing that is difficult to feed/keep healthy.
So, my question is: What are your favorite species?
Gloria
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Sometime in the future, in the next year or two, I plan on getting a snake. I don't know what ... as severe. I have seen alot of boas get agitated when held alot. Corns seem to like being held alot.

Compared to Milks and Kings they seem to cost less (in my area) and come in many more cool colors and patterns.
Compared to Garters they are cleaner (dont poop as much and dont smell up their enclosure as fast.
Goto cornutopia and buy the Cornsnake manual if you decide on a Corn. Buy the manual first and read it cover to cover. It will prepare you for any problems that arise.
-Shane
I've always had a soft spot for the pine, gopher, and bull snakes, myself.

Although hognoses are very cute.
Luke
I've always had a soft spot for the pine, gopher, and bull snakes, myself. Although hognoses are very cute. Luke

I prefer my pine and even hoggies over my corn, cant stand any corn, but thats just me
Oof... tough call!!
Really, IMO, it depends on what you want...
I love my lard-*** ball python. He's such a mellow guy and is a great eater (despite the tendency of some balls to go off feed). Our red-tail is a big gentle fella, too. I like larger snakes (I usually find the smaller ones to be nippier or just more wriggly than the big guys). That's my personal preference...
For the sheer pleasure of watching her cruise around and explore, I adore our grey rat snake. She's beautiful, active, and (unlike their normal reputation) a very handleable snake. She's pretty mellow and not a nasty tempered gal like many others I've worked with (though she's starting to get a little crotchety about approaching middle-age). We made her a nice big display terrarium and we watch her more than we watch the tv. She also has a voracious appetite and is a wonderful eater.

For the sensuality of a body like liquid silk running through your hands, I adore my Macklott's. They're beautiful snakes, wonderfully iridescent, nicely proportioned, intelligent snakes that reach a nice handling size. Females hit 7-9 feet; males hit 6-8 feet. As babies, though, they are pretty nasty little guys. Once they hit the 3-4 foot mark (by the end of the first year), they really mellow out nicely. They also are great eaters, and not fussy at all. I understand they are also easy breeders, and I hope to breed them in the next year or so.

We have California kings which are fun to watch, and a nice size to show kids, but, being ophiphages, tehy can be kinda ticklish to handle, if you have multiple snakes. They smell another snake, and they might very well take a little nibble to see how you taste too. Not a biggie, but something to be aware of.
Our Nelson's milks are another pair of little jewels. Beautiful little guys, and really a joy to look at, for color.
Which one is my favorite? That's like asking a father of 6 who his favorite child is, but, I'd probably have to say it is a toss-up between the Macklott's and the red-tail.
So, my question is: What are your favorite species?

I like rosy boas, but don't have one (yet I've imposed a one-snake limit on myself for now, and I still have my garter I've had for the past 10 years). They have a reputation for being docile and easily maintained, they're not QUITE as mainstream as corns, kings, etc., don't get very big, and they're native to the SW US.
So, my question is: What are your favorite species? Gloria

I love boa constrictors. I wish I could have one of every color!

Cindy
Sometime in the future, in the next year or two, I plan on getting a snake. I don't know what kind yet, so right now I seem to be spending most of my 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 a snake until you see a snake show!!!

And I like western hognoses a lot too. They are very cute and personable, but make sure you get one that's feeding on mice.
Cindy
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