I wouldn't suggest a GTP for a beginner snake because first of all, they are NOT as easy as a corn, or a ball. Second, they are dramatically different in temperament and price than a corn or ball. The majority of arboreal snakes have bad attitudes and GTPs are not an exception. I also doubt that someone will be willing to shell out $350 for their first snake which is basically a display animal anyways. I don't know much about ringed pythons, but I have heard they are not easy to care for, rarely CB and they get fairly good-sized (6-8 feet). I'm not flaming you, just tryin to help.