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Looking to get a pet snake for a friend but I don't know where to start

Discussion in 'Creepy Corner' started by yanja, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. yanja

    yanja Big Dog

    My friends birthday is coming up and when I asked him what he wanted, he replied with "I want a pet snake." I know, I know people shouldn't get pets as a presents for another person but his sure he wants one and knows the commitment involved with the snake. He isn't interested in a ball python. So basically, where do I go to find a snake? Reptile expos? Craiglist? How much do they usually go for? What/where do you recommend? Is it better to get snakes as a baby or is it okay to already get a 3 ft snake? I am really new to this reptile world but like I said this is not for me, this is for my experienced friend, I am just providing the funds lol
  2. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Reptile expos are great. Just figure out what species you want before you go, and take him with you. For beginners I like species like kings and corns, which can both be friendly after regular handling, are active, and typically do not have a lot of problems eating and I am partial to young adults
  3. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    just like anything else you have to know what you want before you get it. some snakes are fairly docile and others are far less docile and will get big while others stay small. some are aborel and others are terresterial (sp). you have to know what kind of set-up to have and what is appropriate for different species.
    other then not interested in ball pythons what did he tell you he is interested in for a pet snake. I would definately go to a reptile expo or breeder not craigslist or pet store. you will get better quailty stock if you go to a breeder or expo.
  4. Kasey

    Kasey Little Dog

    Agreed with all of the above.

    Since you're in Chicago -- I would TOTALLY recommend going to a Tinley Park show. You can go to the website http://www.narbc.com/pages/chicago.htm to check vendors / dates. Next dates are March 17th & 18th, 2012. May or may not be past his birthday, but I think it'd be worth the wait. I would LOVE the chance to go to a Tinley Park show ;_;

    Man, I need to get out to a show sometime soon... I've got the itchin' to add another critter or two to the collection!
  5. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    For a beginner, I would totally say a corn snake. Ball pythons are known for being super picky feeders so I wouldn't get them for someone who is beginning.
  6. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Well in the case of us Maryland folk there's the one at Havre De Grace every month. And far be it from me to tell you to not get more scaly things XD
  7. Kasey

    Kasey Little Dog

    Yep, I've been to Havre De Grace quite a few times. My expo of choice is Hamurg, though. I have a couple of friends there who vend there regularly who sell some nice Rhacs, and I love gettin' discounts! ;)
  8. dalvers63

    dalvers63 Good Dog

    I would first check with the Chicago Herpetological Society and see what animals they have for adoption. There are just as many rescue snakes needing homes as there are other pets. Our herp society (in Seattle) usually has 10-20 snakes that are looking for homes. You will usually find boas, ball pythons and corn snakes for the most part.

    Does your friend know what adult size they are ok with? How much space for a cage? I would suggest that they stay away from aquariums and get a real reptile cage (Animal Plastics, Reptile Basics Inc) as they are virtually escape proof.

    On the picky ball python note - captive bred bps almost always have great feeding responses unlike those that are captive hatched and/or wild caught (even though your friend isn't interested in a ball python, I wanted to mention this).
  9. Elliehanna

    Elliehanna GRCH Dog

    I would go with a corn snake, but not a special one, a regular one. You get into morphs with them and they become fussy eaters (my poor albino was a fussy eater RIP). I think Kings are the same way but I am not positive on that, just look them up and do some research before you buy for your friend, I mean you don't want your present to have issues and all mostly for a starter snake.

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