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Posted by chrish on March 06, 2003 at 00:06:27:
In Reply to: my first snake and mom posted by Snakeman5124 on March 05, 2003 at 18:52:41:
I think the best thing you can do is do some very thorough research on the species you are interested in and snake husbandry in general. Read what you can find online and hit the library as well. But be patient. It may take weeks/months for you to really learn enough.
Let you mother know you are looking into exactly what sorts of snakes make decent pets, how to keep them, and how to prevent them from escaping. Once you have gained some expertise, then approach your mother with that expertise and discuss why you think you are ready and prepared to adequately care for a snake.
Make sure you have it all thought out in advance -
Where will it live?
How will you ensure it has an adequate temperature regime all year long?
What sort of secure caging will you need?
How often will you have to clean the cage and where will the animal go while you are doing it?
Where will you get the food? Assuming it is going to eat rodents, are you going to feed it live rodents? (Not a good idea). If you are going to buy frozen rodents, where will you keep them?
How much will the snake cost? Will you buy it from a pet store (the expensive option) or will you get it from a breeder or an expo (the cheaper option)?
You might see if there is an expo coming to your area in the near future. That way you can do your research and be ready by the time the expo arrives. Then you could go pick out your snake in person and talk to the breeder.
Kenyan Sand Boas are good starter snakes, as long as you get one that is eating well (almost all of them do). They do require smaller than average mice for much of their lives, so you will have to find a permanent source of those (most pet store mice are too big for male Kenyans). They also have the advantage of being "cute" and have won over many a reluctant mom!