Attention all herpetologists!
January 9, 2011 9:12 AM Subscribe
Question for snake enthusiasts!
posted by torisaur to Pets & Animals (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My partner and I are considering getting a snake as a pet. I love reptiles, and have done a bit of research into this over the past few years but I was never able to justify the initial financial investment. If I were to get such a pet, I would want to do it properly (ie. I don't want to cheap out). In the next several months we will be better able to make that investment, so I have questions for you, my darling mefites!
- I understand that corn snakes and ball pythons are recommended as beginner snakes. What are the pros and cons of each? Is there something else you'd recommend?
- We have two cats. We would make every effort to keep them out of the room the snake is kept in. Is this irresponsible? Might contact with the cats (through the terrarium wall, of course) stress out the snake?
- On a similar note, how ethical is it to keep an animal like this in captivity? Do they get depressed, or require stimulation? I've only ever had mammalian pets who have generally been happy as long as they have companionship, so I'm not sure if reptiles 'think' differently. I wouldn't want to be responsible for a suicidally depressed snake.
- Finally, are there any general resources you can direct me to?
For the record, we understand that a snake is a long-term commitment, and we are not squeamish about feeding it. There is a reputable reptile-only store with very knowledgeable staff about 45 minutes from where we live, and we would probably go there if/when we decide to get it.
Thanks so much, everyone :)