I've been lurking for ages so first post! My DD wanted a corn snake when she was about 10. I asked her to do some research and present a sensible argument for having one, which she did. It's actually one of the easiest pets ever. They don't make much mess, and are simple to look after. However, if you're squeamish about frozen rats and mice, or don't like poo with tails in (yes) then I would think twice. One of the weirdest moments of my life was when the snake went off its food and I found myself poking a cocktail stick through a dead mouse's brain to whet his appetite. There's so much advice online it's difficult to know what to believe. We've got a simple vivarium, heat mat and normal bulb on a timer plus a variety of hidey holes on a wood substrate. Handle the snake often but not when he's about to shed or just after dinner. Hope this helps!