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Posted by andy_g on March 27, 2003 at 20:48:28:
In Reply to: Columbian boas vs ball python. posted by SarahRuss on March 27, 2003 at 16:58:52:
I think you should invest in an eastern/california kingsnake or a corn snake since it is your first snake. Cali kings are nervous as babies but usually grow out of it, same with corns but lesser so. Most easterns I have seen were pretty mellow straight from the egg. Corns/cali's usually get 3-5 feet in length and are fun to handle. Easterns get anywhere from 4-6+ feet normally, and are thicker bodied as a rule then the other two. They are also fun to handle.
I do not suggest ball pythons simply because they go on feed strikes and they need a moderate humidity level, while corns and most kings feed like mad and don't usually go on strikes too often unless it's breeding season. Colombians are really wonderful but they require a lot of space and sometimes can get too big to manage for some people. I would go with a corn snake or an eastern/california kingsnake for sure, then go on from there.