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August 31, 2017 3 min read 0 Comments

 

Some people look at a snake and see a cold-blooded killer, other's see an adorable little legless creature who is just as important as say a dog or cat. The truth is some snakes are deadly and huge and scary even, however a lot of snakes are very cute, harmless and pretty tiny. Read on for our guide to the best snake for you.

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If you are thinking about buying a snake there is more to it than just looks. Sure its important whether you like the look of your scaly side-kick, however there are many points to consider, from temperament to size and everything in between. 

Cost

The Cost of a snake is varied depending on all sorts of factors such as its species, age, colour and even gender. For a common snake you  can find yourself paying anywhere  between £10 - £100  however for rarer snakes the price can be much more. This cost doesn’t factor in all the equipment needed on top of the price of the snake.

Feeding Amount

Some snakes don’t eat much and may eat 1-2 mice every week, some may not even eat mice. A snakes feeding habits vary throughout species and they can be very different so before you go off to buy a snake do some research on the feeding habits of different snakes and see which ones match your schedule and preferences.

Size

Snakes aren’t always the 30ft behemoths we see on TV, some don’t grow any bigger than a ruler and other may be bigger but only reach about 5ft or so. It really depends on personal preference, if you prefer a bigger snake go for a python or a boa but for something smaller maybe consider a corn snake or milk snake.

Temperament

Although most pet snakes have quite a calm temperament others can be nervous or shy others may be flighty but if handled frequently they will eventually become used to its surrounding and yourself. Don’t be put off if your snake doesn’t seem to settle within a week or so, especially if it hasn’t been handled much previously

Colours

Of course looks are extremely important, but you have to know where to look for specific colours and patterns. For example, you’re more likely to find a variety of colours in corn snakes or ball pythons than in garters or mountain kings.

Space

Along with size, you need to think about the space you have for your snake. A bigger snake will need a bigger vivarium and will need more lamps. These can be expensive and so you need to think bout the size of the snake you're going to get and make  sure you have to room and finances to deal with said snake.

 

The following table lists many common pet snakes and ranks them based on the different aspects of buying a snake.  '10' is the worst, '1' is the best.

Now this table is purely a guide, if you are willing to and have the time for say a boa constrictor then by all means go ahead and buy a boa constrictor. However if you want a more relaxed pet then something with a lower score may be the most beneficial to you. Overall when buying a snake research alot before buying.

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