Snakes are very interesting to own. They take up much space in the living room or backyard. They eat live mice or chickens. And they can exist in your home without moving for hours. These amazing domesticated creatures can be seen around the globe. I was on an Amsterdam City trip once and saw a hotel with a snake on its balcony. Some online pet shops even offer snakes with special discounts in their stores.

If you are interested in owning a snake, the next question that you might be asking is, “What kind of snake should I bring home?” Many first-time snake owners have a lot of options. Here are your choices for species of snakes that can be taken as a pet:

Corn snakes

This is one of the recommended types of a snake for beginners. They are also called red rat snakes. Most of these species of snakes are found in the southeastern part of the United States. Corn snakes are likely chosen by first-time snake owners because of the wide array of colors that they have.

You have to know that snakes generally live for 15 to 20 years. When you decide to have snakes as a pet, you need to realize that it is a commitment to actually care for one. Maintenance and regular cleaning of the tank should be done. And you also have to invest in the type of food that they eat.

Corn snakes have the ability to escape their houses so should make sure that their tanks are properly secured.

Milk snakes

Awesome name for a snake, right? People called these snakes as such because they thought that snakes suck the milk from cow udders.

This kind of snake is docile, meaning it is docile. The milk snake is closely related to king snakes. Same as the corn snakes, this type of snake has a lot of colorful patterns on its skin. Most of these species can be found in Canada and the United States.

Milk snakes can grow to as long as 7 feet. Part of their diet includes lizards, rodents, and even smaller snakes.


  1. Tain Ch'iu says:

    Great names for snakes. Corn snakes. Milk snakes. Snake names are probably chosen based on the kind of food that is accessible to them. It is quite intriguing that people once thought that snakes would take all the effort and energy just to suck milk from the udder of a cow.

  2. De Shen says:

    Thanks for the article. I was just looking for a snake to own as a pet. As you can see, I am just a beginner. No idea whatsoever in pet ownership. I am so fascinated with snakes and how they are very beautiful and charming. Now, all I have to do is decide whether to get a corn snake or a milk snake.

  3. Yi Ze Tao says:

    I imagined myself more a python or a boa constrictor owner. As of today, I have three dogs, two cats, two scorpions, and a monitor lizard. And now I am looking for another pet to take care of. Maybe I should just follow your advice and choose between the two snakes that you recommend for beginners.

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