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Posted by markg on May 03, 2003 at 00:13:32:
In Reply to: What do you think? posted by rjward97 on May 02, 2003 at 20:45:54:
Its ironic that you're asking about calm snakes, of a group of snakes known for their squirminess! Unfortunately, all that red color comes with unsuitability for handling by little kids. Adult Sinaloan milks are fairly calm, as are Mexican milks, but babies of any species can be a handful for a small child without the child losing the snake in the house. Pueblan milks are definitely out as far as handling goes (but otherwise make great captives) as are Hondurans (here comes the hate mail!) Again though, adults of any of these species are far better than babies for handling. I'm talking for kids of course. I let my daughter when she was about 5 hold a yearling Sinaloan milk. It pooped on her, squirmed, she squeezed and it bit her. She dropped it and it slipped away. We never found it. Typical milksnake experience with kids.
A feeding graybanded kingsnake is colorful and extremely calm.
Mountain kings like Tarahumara Mtn kings (knoblochi) and Arizona mtn kings are really red and very calm snakes. But, they have specific care requirements (namely, you can't overheat them, and they fast during summer.) They aren't difficult, but just demand a little attention to detail.