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missie66

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Wanting some help pls, would like some advice on the best beginners snake, the least aggressive and doesn't grow to large


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Pauls_Pythons

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Asking this question on a reptile forum is a bit like asking what is the best car to go from A to B!
You are going to get every species known to man mentioned & have no better idea after the experience.

I'm not trying to knock the wind out of your sails but the best 1st snake for you is one that you like/want. It really is that simple.
Everyone will say this species is easy to keep & that one doesn't bite but in fact every snake has the potential to bite & I don't think any of them are particularly difficult once you establish the basic husbandry rules.
Read lots of books, look at as many species & colour morphs as you can to help you decide. Don't be pushed into anything based on what another keeper tells you & enjoy the ride. (The first one is just the start lol)
 

missie66

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Asking this question on a reptile forum is a bit like asking what is the best car to go from A to B!
You are going to get every species known to man mentioned & have no better idea after the experience.

I'm not trying to knock the wind out of your sails but the best 1st snake for you is one that you like/want. It really is that simple.
Everyone will say this species is easy to keep & that one doesn't bite but in fact every snake has the potential to bite & I don't think any of them are particularly difficult once you establish the basic husbandry rules.
Read lots of books, look at as many species & colour morphs as you can to help you decide. Don't be pushed into anything based on what another keeper tells you & enjoy the ride. (The first one is just the start lol)

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Stompsy

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^this

I'd advise to decide what size works for you and then choose from the snakes that average that size.


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Striker94

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Although i agree with above comments and i am only new to this hobbie but if you want something that is typically less agressive and not get to large i think you cant go past a stimsons python they are great i have one and she is the most beautiful natured snake. So calm and inquisitive
 

missie66

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Although i agree with above comments and i am only new to this hobbie but if you want something that is typically less agressive and not get to large i think you cant go past a stimsons python they are great i have one and she is the most beautiful natured snake. So calm and inquisitive

Thank you[emoji216] I have been looking at those to just now lol, some nice colours as well, now to find a reputable breeder
 

pinefamily

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As has been well put above, look around, research a lot, and get whatever you decide is right. If size is an issue, any antaresia species will be fine, children's, Stimson or spotted python.
 

BredliFreak

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If you don't mind a bit of extra size carpet pythons are great snakes, and they have a bigger variety of morphs, colours and patterns compared to womas and antaresia.
 

missie66

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If you don't mind a bit of extra size carpet pythons are great snakes, and they have a bigger variety of morphs, colours and patterns compared to womas and antaresia.

Size is a no factor unfortunately, my hubby is scared of snakes and if for any reason I need him to be able to take care of it it needs to be seen as not so bad after all, but thank you for your advice[emoji216]
 

snakehunter

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Size is a no factor unfortunately, my hubby is scared of snakes and if for any reason I need him to be able to take care of it it needs to be seen as not so bad after all, but thank you for your advice[emoji216]
In that case, your best bet is the Antaresia group, with childreni, stimsoni, and maculosus being ideal beginner's choices. All three are available in a fairly wide range of colours and / or locality types these days to suit your preference. As Paul said earlier, with the correct enclosure conditions, most established pythons are pretty straight forward husbandry wise
 

alexbee

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One thing to think about is at it grows so will your husbands confidence around the animal... I personally would never get a stimmi or children
 
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