Snakes as Pets

Updated on February 23, 2016
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Snakesmum was brought up by an avid gardener, and has always had an interest in plants and growing vegetables. She also has pet snakes.

Python in Water Bowl.   Image by Snakesmum
Python in Water Bowl. Image by Snakesmum

Snakes Are Beautiful Creatures

In this article, you'll find information on keeping snakes, and some of my personal experiences with them. I'd also like to dispel the myth that snakes are slimy and horrible - they're not!

The picture is Snappy, one of my large-blotched pythons (Antaresia stimsoni). His bowl dried out one hot day, and he decided it was a great place to sleep!

Unless otherwise noted, all images here are my own.

I Don't Know Why I Like Snakes!

When I was a child, we had a grass snake which used to come and drink milk from a bowl outside our door. Pretty unusual behaviour for a snake, but that's what it did. Being brought up in the country, and always being interested in animals, I never learned to fear snakes. Of course, it helped to be in a country where there was little danger from the local reptiles!

As a teenager, much to the horror of my mother, I decided I wanted a pet snake. No way was that going to happen.

It took me over 40 years to finally be able to keep a snake of my own. Once I owned my first snake, a terrible discovery was made - Snakes are addictive! :-)

Now I own four, and would have more and also some bearded dragons if I had the space and the cash to look after them properly. I don't think it's going to happen though.

Python In A Fig Tree

Centralian or Bredl's Python. Image by Snakesmum
Centralian or Bredl's Python. Image by Snakesmum

Snake In Clover

Antaresia stimsoni, or Large-blotched python. Image by Snakesmum
Antaresia stimsoni, or Large-blotched python. Image by Snakesmum

Pythons as Pets

Pythons are not exactly everyone's idea of a pet, and many parents are shocked when their children ask for a pet reptile.

This is understandable, given that people are often brought up to fear and hate snakes. If they can overcome this idea, many find that snakes can be an extremely interesting pet.

If your child, or partner is interested in having a pet reptile, don't reject the idea out of hand. Do some research with them, go and look at pythons and other reptiles at the zoo, or your local reptile dealer. Touch them, if you get the chance. They really aren't wet and slimy at all, just cool and fairly smooth.

A friend of mine hated even the idea of snakes, but will now visit and even stroke the pythons. She says "They're not at all what I imagined!" You could surprise yourself too, once you've actually handled or touched a reptile.

Most pythons are easy to handle, especially if they are captive bred, and have been handled since hatching. There are always exceptions, but hopefully your partner or child will not purchase a reptile of this nature, and most animals come to trust their owner, which makes them easy to handle..

Cat Watching Python

Cat watching python.   Image by Snakesmum
Cat watching python. Image by Snakesmum

Snakes and Other Pets - Do they get along?

Do snakes and other pets get along? In a word, "No"!

There doesn't seem to be much information around on this topic, but it should be addressed - many people have assorted pets in their homes.

As well as pythons, I have a cat, and some goldfish. The cat is fascinated by the snakes, and has been known to swat at them when the opportunity has arisen, although she is discouraged from this behaviour.

The three smaller pythons would be at great risk, if she was allowed in the room when they were free. Cats are great snake killers!

On the other hand, my Centralian python is now over eight feet (2.5 metres) in length, and has quite a large girth.

He can eat a rabbit, so could probably eat the cat, given the opportunity. We have to make sure they are not both around at the same time - this can be difficult. The cat appears to be psychic and always arrives when we let one of the snakes out.

Aside from cats, I have heard of pet birds and small dogs being python prey. I'm also sure that pet rodents would be a welcome menu item for snakes! Some snakes, such as keelbacks, also eat fish, but rarely come out of their cages, as they are quite shy.

Don't forget, if you have other pets, keep them well away from your snakes and other reptiles, and everyone will be happier, not to mention safer.

Pythons Mating

Antaresia stimsoni mating.    Image by Snakesmum
Antaresia stimsoni mating. Image by Snakesmum

Breeding Snakes

During Winter in the Southern Hemisphere, it is time to consider breeding snakes and other reptiles. In the past, I kept my pythons in separate cages, so that it would be more natural for the male when it became time to put him in with the females. If snakes are kept together, they are unlikely to breed.

Stimson's pythons, Antaresia stimsoni, are a little more difficult to breed than others in the Antaresia group. So far I've had no success, although the two females and the male I have are extremely compatible! Currently, I'm not even trying to breed them, as I don't need any more pythons, and the three of them now share a cage.

Three In A Cage

Although conventional herp keeping says each animal should have its own cage, this isn't always possible. So long as some care is taken, especially at feeding time, there should be no problems.

My snakes aren't fed in their cages, as I find it much easier to take them out to a special place, and feed them outside the cage. It also stops them from thinking food is being given when I put my hands into the cage to clean, or change water, etc.

Since being put in a cage together, the three pythons frequently curl up together in a log, or under a branch. They also each have a favoured spot. It's amazing how hard they can be to see, if they really get under something!

It's made a difference to the room also - I now only have two snake cages instead of four, and more space for the furniture and us!

Snakes Sometimes Bite !

If they do, it is most likely due to something stupid the owner has done.

I was really surprised when it happened to me, and my beautiful six year old, very placid, easy going Centralian python (Morelia bredli) bit me!

I guess it was my fault - no I'm sure it was; He was being cooled down for winter, but not sufficiently, in hindsight. He should have been down to 18C, and instead was a little over 20C. As well as this, he was very hungry, since it was a couple of months since he'd eaten. Snakes won't eat when they are too cool.

This particular day, I went to check him out, and thought he looked very aggressive. Since he's such a good snake, normally, I didn't bother about it, and opened his cage door and reached in to check the temperature gauge.

He didn't let me get very far towards it before he struck. It's amazing how fast snakes can strike. Fortunately, he released my hand straight away, and didn't try to kill it by constriction. It was quite painful, as pythons have lots of very sharp teeth. It took quite a while before it stopped bleeding.

It was completely my fault, not the snake's, and I immediately went out and bought him a couple of rats for dinner. He looked much happier after eating, especially with the heat turned up to help him digest the meal.

It just goes to show that a snake is never completely tame - they are a wild animal all the time, and it doesn't do to take them for granted, no matter how placid a pet they have been.

Snappy.   Image by Snakesmum
Snappy. Image by Snakesmum

Another Bitey Tale

Any pet can surprise you.

Snappy, the first snake I acquired, is a very placid, happy little male, who never does anything bad.

Well, until I went to his cage and reached in to get him out for some exercise, and he promptly bit my forefinger.

My fault, I guess - my partner said I moved very quickly, and one shouldn't do that with snakes. It's best to move slowly and carefully. Just goes to show that even the most trusted pet can surprise you.

Most snake or pet bites, in my experience, and opinion, are caused by the owner, not the pet. Usually, they've done something to unsettle the animal, or have the scent of food on their hands. With reptiles, this is a sure-fire way to get bitten!

Don't blame or punish your pet if it bites you - think about the circumstances. Could you have moved too quickly, did you hurt the animal, is it unwell? Many times you'll find that the fault was yours. Treat your animal well, and take care, and you shouldn't have a problem.

Biting Snake 2


Bites Can Be Somewhat Of A Shock

One night in Summer it was really hot, and one of my little pythons was pretty active, so we had him out of the cage.

He was happily moving around the couch between us, when he must have thought my partner was a threat, and bit him on the inside of the elbow. There were two very distinct fang marks on the arm.

We thought he must have had a fright when my partner moved, so didn't put him away, and for about fifteen minutes after this, he was happily moving around, mostly on my lap.

Later he decided to climb up onto my shoulder and was flicking his tongue on the side of my face. Suddenly, I felt a pain in my eye - he'd struck at it, for some reason. Perhaps he saw the eyelid flicker, and thought it was prey; who knows.

He's never done anything like that before, and fortunately he didn't get the eyeball, just the eyelid. Once again, there are two fang marks on the upper eyelid, and in the morning, I had a beautiful black eye developing.

We don't know why this happened, as he isn't hungry, having been well fed a week ago, but one thing's for sure - none of the snakes are going to be trusted near our faces again!

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Frozen Food

Feeding Snakes

I guess unless you have a pet snake, you've never thought about feeding it, or the difficulties you may encounter in finding suitable food for it. Sometimes the stores just can't get stock. By the way, I don't live feed - all my snakes are fed frozen laboratory reared animals, after they have defrosted, of course.

My large-blotched pythons are fairly easy to feed, as they eat mice, young rats, or pinky rabbits. Usually these are easy to source, but in winter it's sometimes difficult to get them, as there are not many suppliers around my area.

The centralian python eats large rats, or medium sized rabbits. For him, mice are just an hors doevre, if he bothers to take them at all. He likes some substance to his food. He really prefers rabbits, but frozen rabbits are difficult to source. You can't use the rabbits from the butchers, as they are skinned, and snakes need the whole animal. There is a new local pet store which stocks different sized frozen rabbits, so hopefully the problem is solved.

Basking Under The Heat Lamp.    Image by Snakesmum
Basking Under The Heat Lamp. Image by Snakesmum

Feeding Four Pythons

The image above is Simbi, my Bredl's python, curled up under his basking light.

Since the snakes hadn't eaten for about three months, and they had been warmed up for Spring, it was time for them to have a feed. I don't feed the snakes inside their cages, as they may get used to it, and could possibly bite my hand when I'm changing light bulbs or cleaning the cage out, thinking it was food.

The Bredl's python was first to be fed. As usual, as soon as he caught the scent of the warm rat (dead, of course!) his attention was all on getting out of his cage to the feeding mat as soon as possible. No problems feeding this one - we call him our garbage disposal unit! :-)

After him, there were three Antaresia stimsoni to feed. This is a little more of a problem, because they all have their individual likes and dislikes.

Snappy, the male, was no trouble at all, so he was first, and took his mouse without hesitation.

Next came Savage, the big female. She used to be a great eater, but I think she's getting old, and not feeling too secure out of the cage, as she won't take food outside it now. I usually feed her in a lidded bucket, so she can have her privacy. It works well for her.

Stormy, the small female used to like to eat in a box or a bucket, but now eats on the feeding mat along with the male Stimsoni. She has no problems eating a mouse or two.

Feeding Time

Stimsoni Feeding.     Image by Snakesmum
Stimsoni Feeding. Image by Snakesmum

Small Problem

......Snake refusing food

On occasion, surprisingly, a snake will refuse its food. This isn't usually something to worry about, but the last time the snakes were fed, she also refused to eat, although I put it down to an imminent shed. Snakes won't eat when a shed is close.

There appeared to be no reason for it, as she's not gravid (pregnant), and seems to be healthy. Perhaps she just didn't like the smell of the rat she was offered?

Since I know snakes can go for several months without feeding, it was best to take my own advice to others, and not worry about it. The snake is very active and happy, so it's probably only a temporary aberration, and she'll eat when she gets hungry enough.

Snake in the Grass

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Image by Snakesmum

Snakes Like Warm Weather

With the warmer weather having started, the snakes are becoming much more active.

Early in Spring it's usually warm enough for them to go outside in their portable cage. The three stimsoni went first, whilst I cleaned out their cage, then the big centralian python. They can't all go out together, because he'd try to eat them all. He enjoyed some supervised freedom on the grass also, as you can see in the photo above.

Watching them, before I brought them inside again, it was clear they'd enjoyed the warm sun on their skin. It's good to give them some natural light and vitamin D on occasions, instead of keeping them inside in cages 100% of the time.

NB : If you put your snakes outside in a shadecloth cage, please ensure that they have some shade and a bowl of cool water. Reptiles can overheat and die, even though they use the sun's warmth to kick start themselves.

Sleepy Snake

Image by Snakesmum
Image by Snakesmum


Although pythons don't actually hibernate, as they are from warmer climates, if the weather is cold in Winter, they will go into a state called brumation, a form of semi-hibernation. They will sleep a lot, and won't eat until the weather is warm enough to heat their bodies to a suitable temperature.

Heating Lights

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Image by Snakesmum

Keeping Snakes Warm

Make sure that any snake cages are heated to a temperature suitable for your reptile.

A snake needs to be warm to digest its food. A friend found that his coastal python had regurgitated its food, and he was really worried that it was unwell. It wasn't - someone had somehow turned of the heating in the cage, and the snake, unable to digest the meal, did the only thing it could, and ejected it.

Heating lamps in cages are a must in temperate areas, for tropical snakes. The drawback to having light-bulbs in cages is the danger of the reptiles burning themselves against the hot glass.

It's a good idea to put screens around the bulbs, so that the snakes are unable to wrap themselves around the globes. If they wrap around the screen cages, there is no harm done.

The image is the cage we build around the lights in one of our snake cages.

Snake Shedding

Stimsoni shedding.   Image by Snakesmum
Stimsoni shedding. Image by Snakesmum

Shedding or Sloughing

Did you know that snakes regularly shed their skin? It's replaced with new skin from underneath several times a year.

If a snake is ill, or injured, they will shed more often. Young snakes grow much faster than adults, so they tend to shed more often also.

From the time a snake has a new skin, it slowly begins to grow darker. A bright, shiny, snake will become dull and very dark, and they it will become antisocial, and spend most of its time in a dark, quiet place.

If you have a snake, and you think it is close to a shed, please don't handle it, especially once the scales over the eyes have gone white, or opaque. It's very easy to damage the new skin underneath the old one at this stage.

A snake is very vulnerable when it's due to shed. Because the skin over its eyes is opaque,it has no vision. At this time, they will hide until the shed is imminent.

When the shed is due, the snake will rub its mouth over something rough to get the shed started, then the skin will roll over the snakes head as it rubs itself along the ground. A shed should only take a few minutes to half an hour to complete.

When the shed is complete the snake will often sleep for a while - it seems to be a tiring process.

If a shed is incomplete, and some of the old skin is left on the reptile, it can cause problems, even death. If you have a pet snake, please ensure that the shed is complete, including the spectacles, the small scales from over the eyes.

If there is old skin left on the animal, and you are uncertain of what to do, it is always best to visit a good reptile vet. Of course, problems are relatively rare, but knowing what to do could save your snake's life.

Suffering Snakes

Even though they need heat to be active, it can bother your reptiles, and may even kill them. Many people think that because most pythons are tropical creatures, summer heat doesn't bother them. It does.

In Melbourne. where I live, the summer temperatures can reach over 40C, which is hotter than some of the tropical areas from which pythons originate. In the wild, snakes can find a cool spot to lie, often underground. In captivity, they are unable to take advantage of this, and are trapped in a small, often airless, cage.

Make sure your cages are well ventilated, with the ventilation grills not pushed up against walls. Air needs to circulate. Don't have a cage in front of a window that the sun shines directly on.

Ensure that your reptiles have plenty of cool water to drink. If possible, have a bowl large enough for the reptile to get into if it wishes. (Don't fill it more than halfway though, or the snake may make a mess if it gets in!) Most snakes won't bother to get in the water, but it's good for them to have the option.

Take them out of the cage for a little exercise in the cooler part of the day, if you can. My snakes enjoy a roam around the couch or the floor. Under supervision of course - no cats or dogs, please!

If you do these simple things, your reptiles will happily get through the hottest summer.

A Keelback, Hunting

Image by Wrasse, used with permission.
Image by Wrasse, used with permission.

Keelback Snakes

This is a great shot of a keelback snake about to take a feeder fish. These snakes aren't the easiest to keep, as they are very shy and need access to water at all times.

For more information about these great little snakes, Please Click Here

My Big Boy May Be A Big Girl

Sexing snakes is very difficult!

Simbi is my over 8 foot Centralian Python, (Morelia bredli). When I bought him about 5-1/2 years ago, the dealer told me that he was probably a male, as females were usually held onto by the breeders.

Because of this, he's always been referred to as He, and has a male name. Simbi is a Haitian God/Loa, whose symbol is the serpent.

Anyway, recently I had some discussion with another snake owner, who had two sixteen year old Centralian pythons. Both of these snakes were only about two thirds the size of Simbi, who is only six years old! I'd been beginning to have my doubts about Simbi's masculinity, and these doubts have now grown a lot bigger - female pythons are usually much larger than the males.

If Simbi is a female, it could explain why there was absolutely no interest shown in mating when he was put with a known female snake last year. I had to find someone capable of probing him to find out the real sex. Probing is something which should only be done by an expert, because it can harm the snake.

Update: It's a BOY !

A Little Joke For A Change

Humour is good for you.

After the flood was over, and Noah lowered the ramp of the ark for all the animals to leave, he told the animals "Go forth and multiply."

All the animals left except two snakes who lay quietly in the corner of the ark.

"Why don't you go forth and multiply?" demanded Noah.

"We can't," answered the snakes. "We're adders."

Do Snakes Know Their Keeper?

And do they really care about you if they do?

I saw a question somewhere regarding whether snakes actually know their owner, so here's my opinion.

I think that they can actually recognise their owner or keeper, but not by sight. Snakes have very sensitive smelling organs, and they could know the scent of their keeper. I've also heard that they can recognise owners by their heat signature, as snakes, particularly pythons, use heat sensing, or infra-red vision.

As to snakes caring about their keepers, I don't think they have that capacity. They will trust you, as they become used to you, but that's about it.

I remember being asked once "Do snakes love people?"

My answer to that one is "No, we love them, but they don't love us".

If you want a pet that will come to you when it's called, and snuggle up to you lovingly, snakes and other reptiles are not for you!

If they are wrapping themselves around you, it's because

  • You're warm and they want the heat
  • They think you're a nice tree to climb on
  • They think you're prey and are trying to constrict you.

Even so, I still love my snakes, and wouldn't give them up for anything - they're still some of my favourite animals!

Sleeping Snake

Snakes Can't Close Their Eyes When They Sleep.  Image by Snakesmum
Snakes Can't Close Their Eyes When They Sleep. Image by Snakesmum

When is a reptile fully grown?

The other day, someone asked me if one of my snakes was fully grown.

It's a good question - snakes and other reptiles become adult, but never actually stop growing. The older they are, the bigger they become.

A lot depends on food supplies and the health of the animal. The actual growth rate is very small, once the reptile has reached adulthood, and could be as little as a millimetre per year.

Reptile Responses - Reader Comments

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Yes, billybuc, I'm always trying to change the way people think about snakes. They don't deserve most of their bad PR.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My son and I had pythons for awhile. I actually enjoyed them. You are right...they do get a bad rap.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @dellasp: Thanks for visiting, and your comments. I'm lucky, all my current snakes are pretty laid back creatures, who seem to like being handled, and I think they're special.

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      dellasp 4 years ago

      I don't know why, but this article really caught my attention. I can't say I love snakes, actually I'm really scared by them, but you talk in such a relaxing manner about them, not to keep reading. It's curious how some of us can handle with wild animals, in general, and it seems that you have that something special. Maybe I will try your tip with touching snakes, someday...

      Good luck with your passion!

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      Mohan Babu 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      It is an interesting option even if it is a bit scary. You have said clearly that snakes are not for those who seek cuddle from their pets.

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      golfstrongly 4 years ago

      Enjoyed reading about your friends - but not at all sure about keeping one!

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      akpalone 4 years ago

      Interesting but I wouldn't try it

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      I love snakes too, and had them as pets off an on. Usually king snakes, I used to catch them in the road and pet them for a while then let them go.

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      gadifi lm 4 years ago

      great lens and great information on the pythons I don't know what I would have done if the snake bit me you are a very snake lover.

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      ArtbyMAR 4 years ago

      Love all animals but never had a pet snake. I think they are wonderful creatures

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Fantastic lens! I love snakes and love to hold them when I can. I could never have one, though...I could never feed it. It would creep me out too much. But they really are outstanding creatures.

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      no comparison. I have a young plains garter snake. I also have a pet rat, feeder fish and three cats. but I think I enjoy the snake the most. Oh, I'm also raising earthworms so that I'll be able to feed Ninja, my snake, during next winter. I love your snakes. Great job on this lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      okay. i was amazed at how you handle the snakes. very impressive

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      Splodgered 5 years ago

      fantastic photos. I really enjoyed reading your lens. Interesting that you can leave your snakes while away - makes snake as pet even more tempting.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Bartukas: Thanks! I like cats and dogs too, and have a cat who loves watching the snakes.

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      Bartukas 5 years ago

      I prefer to choose cats or dogs :P but still this lens is nice

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @FancyThatUSA: Can understand the bunnies not liking a snake in the family! My cat isn't too keen on them either! Thanks for your visit.

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      FancyThatUSA 5 years ago

      Wow your snakes are amazing! I would love one, but my hubby isn't so keen (or my house bunnies!!)

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @CoolFool83: Thankyou! Snakes aren't for everyone, I know, but even as a kid, I always wanted one. Thanks for visiting.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      Not sure I'd like a snake as a pet, but very nice lense.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @takkhisa: Thankyou for visiting and blessing this lens. Understand that people can't always think of snakes as pets, but they can be really interesting.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @iwrite100: Yes, they have iridescent skins in some lights. Thanks for your visit.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Quite informative lens. I like snakes but i don't think of it as pet. Blessed! :)

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      Maribel Forayo 5 years ago from Philippines

      absolutely beautiful. snakes have an outer glow that cannot (usually) be captured by camera. they are more fabulous if you see them real

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      JamieHopes LM 5 years ago

      Enjoyed reading this lens. Snakes have always fascinated me. Great job

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Mrcoolguy LM: Yes, that can be a problem. I could never have them until I got my own home, and my partner loves animals, so he accepts them. Thanks for visiting.

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      Mrcoolguy LM 5 years ago

      Great Lens! I love snakes, but I could never have one since the rest of my family find them scary :(

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @gradientcat: They are great, but I have to keep them and the cat apart! Thanks for visiting.

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      I don't think I could keep a snake as a pet, but they sound fascinating to have.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Andy-Po: I like seeing them in the wild too Andy, but ours here in Australia are somewhat more dangerous than yours. Lizards make great pets too. Thanks for your visit.

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      Andy-Po 5 years ago

      I love seeing snakes in the wild (not that we have many here in England) and I always liked the idea of having a lizard as a pet.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Mamabyrd: Sounds as if your daughter will not be afraid of snakes, which is a good thing. Understand that many can't handle snakes, but yes they are beautiful. Thanks for your visit and blessing.

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      Snakesmum I'll be honest and say that snakes make me cringe. They are beautiful creatures but I'm not sure I could handle owning one as a pet. Funny, one of my three year olds loves them. She insist on picking up toy snakes every time we visit the dollar store. We must have a dozen of them in our house.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @anonymous: Love having people visit my pythons. It's nice to let someone learn that they aren't nasty and slimy. Thanks for visiting.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I find snakes fascinating. Though I would rather visit someone else who owns pet snake.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @LynetteBell: Cuddly is fine too! Thanks for visiting.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I prefer cuddly....

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @normal lm: They aren't really scary, just misunderstood! Thanks for visiting.

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      normal lm 5 years ago

      I love snakes but afraid as well. By reading this lens some amount of afraid-ness has become less.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @SquidooPower: Yes, they are, and they each have their own personalities too. Thanks for visiting.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      I've known several people who had snakes as pets and I had the opportunity to feed them many times. Beautiful animals.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Gloriousconfusion: Thanks for visiting and the blessings. I'm not a fan of monkeys - would rather hold a snake! Much less scary.

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      That was really interesting - I always wondered what it was like having a snake as a pet. You've got your snake bites, and I have a permanent scar from a monkey bite. Just like you said about your snake, it wasn't his fault - he just naturally reacted when I put my fingers out to stroke him whilst he was eating, and he though I was pinching his peanuts.


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      Gardener Don 5 years ago

      Being born in a country with no snakes, I have a real hard time being around them - just a built in fear I guess

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Melissa Miotke: Thankyou! They are beautiful animals. I'd have more if I could. :-) Thanks for visiting and blessing the lens.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I've always had a fascination with snakes. Great lens!

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @SteveKaye: Thankyou for visiting, and your Blessing. Snakes are beautiful animals, and I'm trying to stop people from hating them. It works too - my neighbour can now stroke my pythons instead of cringing from them! :-)

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Wow! What an amazing story. These snakes are incredible pets. Thank you for publishing this lens. I found it fascinating.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Countryluthier: Thankyou, and thanks for your visit.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @AnimalHouse: I really love snakes, and they are beautiful creatures, each with their own personality. Thanks for visiting.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing your experience with snakes.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @squidoopets: Thanks for your visit. I like pet rats too, but can't keep them, for obvious reasons! LOL Thanks for the Blessing too.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      What an amazing and informational lens on keeping snakes. We have pet rats these days, so we won't be getting our pets together for a play date anytime soon ;) I enjoyed your article and appreciate your honesty about the difficulty of feeding snakes.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Nightcat: Thanks for the blessing, Nightcat. Have to admit that my snakes are pretty spoiled, and so is the cat!

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      I love all your wonderful snakes and I'm so happy you feed dead prey. A lot of people don't realize how easy it is for a snake to fall ill if bitten by a prey animal.

      You babies are absolutely beautiful and sound loving. Heck, cats bite all the time, so who knows why a snake might. I think they get the midnight crazies too and want to play hunt. Blessed! :)

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @WriterJanis2: You're right Janis, I've liked snakes all my life, and don't know why! Thanks for visiting.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      You can certainly tell your love of snakes when one reads this lens.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @lbrummer: Sorry you don't like snakes, but thanks for stopping and reading the lens, also for liking it. Snakes are usually more afraid of us than we are of them!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I read and liked this lens for Quest points, I would usually not even stop to look, I'm so afraid of snakes. I have to admit it really gives me the chills, but evidently snake pet owners love them.

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      VERY Useful Lens.

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      Jean DAndrea 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @aesta1: That's good - they really aren't that scary at all.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used to be like Laraine but I also read the whole thing. I am really afraid of them but knowing people having them as pets, I am beginning to feel alright with them.

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      Jean DAndrea 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @LaraineRoses: Thanks for visiting, and I'm glad I've managed to help with your fear of snakes. They are much more afraid of us than we are of them,usually, and will try to stay out of our way.

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      Jean DAndrea 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @JoleneBelmain: Yes, they are great, and are not cold and slimy as many think. Thanks for visiting.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Usually I can't even look at a picture of a snake in a magazine without shuddering. I did read every word you wrote here. Your experience with your snakes has made me not as afraid. We have little garden snakes in our yard every year. This area has rattle snakes. I'm a hiker and I've never seen one in the 22 years we've lived here.

      Thank you for writing this very interesting lens. I enjoyed it.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      Snakes are cool to watch, and feel neat in the hands. Nice lens :)

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      Jean DAndrea 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @dogface lm: They really aren't that difficult, and they are very friendly if handled and treated right. :-)

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      dogface lm 6 years ago

      Interesting. I'm sure I wouldn't have the guts to have a snake as a pet. :)

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      Jean DAndrea 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @ellagis: Yes, snakes are beautiful pets, but really not for everyone! :-) Thanks for visiting.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      I wrote a lens some days ago ("de paseo por Roma"), starting from the news of a snake going around in a Roman park - he was escaped from his cage while the owner was out. I was wondering if snakes were "good" pets.... well, your lens answered my question! Thank you for that! :)

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Pretty cool snakes. Nice lens.

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      Snake as pet is a big challenge to me. Lol...

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      seradis 6 years ago

      Great lens! My nephew had a ball python. Thanks!

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      Jean DAndrea 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @VladimirCat: Sorry to hear you had a battle with a snake! I don't keep venomous pets, just pythons, and they're all gentle creatures

      Thanks for visiting :-)


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      Vladimir 6 years ago from Australia

      You have snakes as pets? My goodness! The last timr I had anything to do with a snake resulted in a duel to the death (not my death). I still have the scars from that tiger snake

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      scss 7 years ago

      wonderful lens on snakes! well earned thumbs up from me for all the work and great tips here for snake care.

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      WingedWolfPsion 7 years ago

      The Deadline for Public Comment on the US Fish & Wildlife Service proposed Rule Change is midnight on May, 11 2010. If enacted this rule could have devastating impact on the Reptile Nation. Damage will not be limited to breeders of the 4 pythons, 4 anacondas and Boa Contrictor. It would have far reaching effect. Most of the Reptile Trade Shows would not be able to continue. Rodent producers, caging manufacturers and shippers would suffer devastating impact. Many would go out of business. Please help USARK challenge the Rule Change! Go to and follow the instructions!! It is extremely important that everyone pull together and make Public Comment before the deadline!!!

      ***Place this link on every social networking site, every forum and email list. Put it on Twitter. Put it everywhere. Encourage everyone to participate. Call friends, family and coworkers.

      Kill Rule Change! Do it Today!

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      Dad-The-Lad 8 years ago

      I remember as a child, opening a lunch box that had appeared near the radiator in my bedroom only to find some frozen mice defrosting. My brother who was older and didn't even ive in our house needed to feed his Burmese rock python, and his wife would have objected to the thawing mice. I also remember my brother using a hairdryer to warm dead mice up so his snake would find them more appealing.

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      Jean DAndrea 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to Agnes] Hello Agnes, hope you find this.

      Once I had a young female bredli which was very fond of biting. Usually when they get older they settle down and become as placid and friendly as most of the breed.

      It doesn't matter what breed of snake you have, occasionally you'll come across a snake which will never be friendly, unfortunately. I don't know why this is, but I hope your snake does settle down.


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just got a pair of Bredli myself, they are only 7 months old and after a week of letting them settle in I decided to get them out and handle them a little. The female didn't like that at all and bit me 4 times before I had her on my lap. Iwasn't really bothered with the bite but I am hoping she will stop with more handling. The male on the other side was very placid and friendly, he seemed happy to be receiving the attention and lay quietly for over 15 mins before I put him back.

      I also own a northern territory python and she is extremely friendly, I 've had her for a couple of years and she has never bitten me. In fact I have taken her to my childrens school for show and tell several times and handle her on most days. She loves to come out and sit on the rail near the front door, and crawls back inside throught the door when she's had enough.

      So I am hoping that the 2 Bredli will end up as good as her, but I guess we'll see.

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      Jean DAndrea 9 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to rasputinsloved1] You're welcome!


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      rasputinsloved1 9 years ago

      Hello! I'm a writer and was looking for some information on pet snakes (mostly pythons) while doing research for a series of stories. Your site was a big help! Thanks for sharing it with the world!

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      Reptiles301 9 years ago

      You seem to really love your snakes! reptiles really are amazing creatures and I enjoy seeing how much joy they can bring. You are a perfect example of why people should get a reptile...they are addicting!

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      football-fanatics 9 years ago

      Hi great site I have a corn snake named samie he is growing quick is it ok to feed him live mice?

      i feed him frozen now and he is fine but I would like to breed mice to save money good Idea answer on my site please put a link back here on my guestbook to k.

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      Merchant_Account_Forum 9 years ago

      Loads of great information and pictures here - nice job! I have just started my own ball python care site incase it's of interest :-)

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      TomAntion1 9 years ago

      Hi! Great job on this lens. I appreciate all the info. 5***** for you! Visit my I Am Not A Poodle! lens when you can. Thanks. Your friend, Tom

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      What a wealth of information you have here, just a great lens! 5* and a lensroll, although my Bullsnakes aren't pets, I suppose they could be if we adopted one, but they are so happy out in the yard and I love having them visit when I'm in the garden.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great idea!

      i think some of the people are showing interest for pets along with snakes and it is really great job.

      I like Squidoo lenses with information about electricians.

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      glnagy 9 years ago

      Great lens from someone who clearly loves her snakes, learned lots I didn't know, and I reckon snakes aren't the only 'wild' creatures out there ;)

      P.S. Talk about uncanny, I seen your post at Beginners Marketing Class too!

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      ChuckBartok 9 years ago

      I saw this lens also on Beginners Marketing Class

      Fantastic Job..

      and so indformative.

      We enjoy a wonderful natural snake population here at the ranch

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      Mark-Nehs 9 years ago

      Saw you over at Beginners Marketing Class. 5 star lens. I have a good friend that will love this lens Thanks. All the Best, Mark Nehs

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      Meloramus 10 years ago

      I once held a Boa Constrictor and he was absolutely lovely (his name was Ben). I have no fear of snakes now and I love your lens! 5*

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      ChristopherScot1 10 years ago

      I'm not sure about these snakes!

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      Gatsby LM 10 years ago

      I will never have a snake as a pet, but you earned 5* Best Natural Dog Food

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      DogWhisperWoman1 10 years ago

      I think snakes should stay in the wild where they belong. But this is a great lens and you get 5* from me! Dog Whisper Woman

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      teddarling 10 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your lens with all of us. I have started a group just for snake lenses and invite you to join it. You can find the link in my profile to the group.

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      GypsyPirate LM 10 years ago

      What a great lens, you've complied wonderful information here, and tell great stories about your own pets. Thanks for all of your hard work. This seems a natural fit to lensroll to my World Lizard Day page.