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Posted by chrish on April 23, 2003 at 23:42:57:
In Reply to: beginner help/advice posted by grimreaper32125 on April 23, 2003 at 03:55:03:
First of all, you need to do some more research. It sounds like you are planning carefully, but why not read a little more and ensure you make a good decision.
As for your choices -
Scarlet Snake - horrible choice for a pet. They only eat reptile eggs and have rarely been kept in captivity successfully. If you get one, it will probably die.
Scarlet Kingsnake - another poor choice. These snakes don't like to be handled, often don't feed on pinkies, and are escape artists.
Boa - assuming you mean a Boa constrictor. An OK choice, as long as you are prepared to feed it. Within a year or two, you will need to be feeding it rats, which can get expensive. You will also need to invest in/build a larger cage.
Ball Python - as suggested below. I don't recommend Ball Pythons to beginners for reasons you can read in the post I linked below.
Some others to consider -
Corn Snake - pretty, slender, easy to keep, inexpensive
Sinaloan Milksnake - pretty, slender, easy to keep and inexpensive
Mexican Milksnake (L.t. annulata) - same as above
(I would avoid the other milksnakes, they are either too high strung or otherwise not the best beginner snakes)
Florida, Eastern, or Blotched Kingsnake - get a little larger, but hardy and docile
Gopher Snakes - most of the western gopher snake subspecies are very docile but they do get larger (6ft+). Some of the albinos are very beautiful snakes (avoid Pinesnakes and Bullsnakes as their temperament is a little more unpredictable).
Ratsnakes - there are lots of good starter rat snakes as well, but avoid most of the asian species as they get large and the imports don't fare well.
Just a few suggestions.