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CarbyDiem Thu 30-Nov-17 20:18:09

I met one last week , a python, and fell in love. She was just lovely. And now I want one.

Where do I start? Where can I learn more? Where does one purchase a snake?

I have a name lined up ready.

ScreamingValenta Thu 30-Nov-17 20:20:27

Bear in mind they can grow absolutely enormous! You need to research this carefully.

CarbyDiem Thu 30-Nov-17 20:24:35

Oh yes. I’m not going to release it into the wild if it got too big.

Cynara Thu 30-Nov-17 20:24:42

Maybe start with a grass snake? Nice and small. Beautiful.

Cynara Thu 30-Nov-17 20:25:07

And tell us the name!?!

Wolfiefan Thu 30-Nov-17 20:26:47

You need to do a LOT of research. They need specific care and feeding. Perhaps contact a reptile group and do some reading. They are a very specialist pet and not for everyone.
Not sure there is such a thing as a python that stays small?! hmm

Mamabear14 Thu 30-Nov-17 20:28:52

I used to breed snakes. A royal python won't grow so big. Just don't go getting a Burmese! A 4ft viv will be fine for It, ceramic bulb attached to a thermostat and some lighy uv will help ypu to be able to see them. Lots of climbing logs and hidey holes. A large mouse or 2 once a week and you'll be grand. Royal are much more placid than a lot of snakes so they are a good place to start.
Make sure you show us pics!

Mamabear14 Thu 30-Nov-17 20:29:59

Also see if you can get a male. They don't grow so big!

iklboo Thu 30-Nov-17 20:36:33

Maybe start with a corn snake. Much easier to keep. Ours is about 4.5 ft now - lavender corn snake called Pike.

dejarderoncar Thu 30-Nov-17 20:40:56

It's a living creature that should be in it's own environment, surely, not living in a four foot tank for your amusement? " I want" is one thing; what kind of life does the poor snake "want"? This is just encouraging the trade in so called exotic pets. How cool do you need to look?

Mamabear14 Thu 30-Nov-17 20:42:32

It's hardly about looking cool. Cats aren't meant to be kept indoors either? Nor are dogs, horses, rabbits etc. People still have them.

Biggreygoose Thu 30-Nov-17 20:42:46

There are pythons and pythons.

A royal will stay small and a 4ft X 2ft Viv will be fine, even as an adult.

They live for a long time though, easily 10-15 years so they are a long term commitment.

Other than that snakes are a piece of piss to look after. They require a lot less specialist care than say, fish.

You will have to store mice/rats/chicks in your freezer. So there's that as well.

Chrys2017 Thu 30-Nov-17 20:45:57

Cats aren't meant to be kept indoors either? Nor are dogs, horses, rabbits etc. People still have them.

Domestic cats, dogs and horses were never wild animals—that is the difference.
I agree with you about pet rabbits. Any creature that needs to be kept in a cage or tank should not be kept as a 'pet'—and that includes snakes.

Don't get a snake. Get a cat instead.

mustbemad17 Thu 30-Nov-17 20:47:53

I have a royal python, they're awesome!! Really easy to care for once you have the right aet up, easy to handle & don't get too big

Biggreygoose Thu 30-Nov-17 20:49:52

Snakes are ambush hunters, in the wild they inhabit very very small territories and often will live in the same hole for years.

A tank is actually not a horrible place for one as food and water is guaranteed.

Far less cruel than restricting a cat to the indoors.

FloControl Thu 30-Nov-17 20:50:56

Does a royal python wear a crown ? How does it carry the orb and sceptre ?

SuperBeagle Thu 30-Nov-17 20:51:22

Snakes are often mistaken as "easy" pets. They're not. My snakes are more fickle than any of my other pets.

I have three diamond pythons. They're all big, with the eldest being close to 6ft in length. They require indoor and outdoor enclosures (big enclosures). You cannot get them here in Australia without a licence. You have to give them adequate time outside of their enclosure so that their muscles don't atrophy. You have to accept that they won't always tolerate or accept the "recommended" diet and make concessions accordingly etc. And if you ever want to go away, believe me it is near impossible to find someone willing to look after them.

Central bearded dragons are much "easier" reptiles, but I still wouldn't recommend that someone gets them if their only appeal is that they "look cool". These are living creatures, not playthings.

Mamabear14 Thu 30-Nov-17 20:51:50

I've got a cat. Until me and the ex split and divided our exotic pet collection we had a lot of snakes. Up to 50 at a time including babies. They were all handled, by kids too and well looked after. We had a room special for them. We also had a lot of other exotic pets, scorpions, lizards, even red bellied pirhana. I know my shit about exotic pets even if
It was some years ago now. I lost my last corn snake who I took in as a rescue a few years ago and now we just have a crested gecko. Once the toddler is bigger and I have more time I'll probably get another python. I love them.

ApocalypseNowt Thu 30-Nov-17 20:52:11

I clicked on this thread thinking "wanting a little snake" was the twee-est yet at the same time creepiest euphemism for sex, ever.

As you were.

Soubriquet Thu 30-Nov-17 20:55:03

I have a snake.
His name is fluffy and he's an albino Californian king snake

He's lovely. Very friendly and low maintenance.

Once you've got the correct set up, they are very easy to take care of.

Fluffy will get to a maximum of 6 feet but it's more like 4.5 which at 2.5 years old, he seems to have reached.

SmellySphinx Thu 30-Nov-17 20:55:25

Get one by all means but ensure it is a small one, a corn snake for example. Double and triple check that it is a corn snake and not a cross breed! Heat pads (for snakes) not heat rocks. Also they like to hide a lot and they like to escape a lot! I actually have a corn snake book that I no longer need, willing to post it to you if you like smile

mustbemad17 Thu 30-Nov-17 20:56:04

Flo mine leaves his royal get up in his log...he informs me he hates all that showy crap 👑

PoisonousSmurf Thu 30-Nov-17 21:00:05

A nice little Corn snake is good for beginners smile

TheSassyAssassin Thu 30-Nov-17 21:00:28

Love Fluffy Soubriquet! Snakes are gorgeous creatures smile

PoisonousSmurf Thu 30-Nov-17 21:02:22

Oh, and you need to get used to going to pet shops and asking for 'five large mice' please. Always feel like I'm buying something illegal lol!

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