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The Three Easiest Snake Species to Care for

Snake enthusiasts are frequently looking for greater challenges as they begin to branch out into new and interesting snake species, but for beginners, their introduction to snakes can be made much easier by knowing the three easiest snake species to care for. Starting slowly in the snake world and educating yourself as to the particulars of snake care are imperative.

One of the most popular snake species because they are very easy to care for is the Corn snake. Corn snakes come in a variety of colors and are extremely docile. Their demeanor is what makes them most attractive to new snake owners. Most Corn snakes sold today are usually hatched in captivity, but there are a few which are wild-caught available. Feeding these snakes can be very simple. In the wild, Corns are known to eat lizards and small birds and many are even known to prefer eating a small lizard as to the more popular choice for snake owners, mice. Younger snakes need smaller food. Most Corn snakes are between three and four feet long at maturity.

Another great snake species for beginners is the Milk snake. Milk snakes have mild temperaments which makes them an excellent choice for those with children. They react well to a variety of situations. Milk snakes can become a bit longer than Corn snakes and have been known to reach about six feet in length. Their life expectancy in captivity is about twelve to fifteen years. When a Milk snake becomes upset they can be easily calmed by giving them a few minutes to calm down. They are known to be very pleasant to those with whom they bond. Milk snakes also are primarily fed small rodents.

King snakes are right in line with Milk and Corn snakes. They are widely accepted as fabulous snakes for beginners. Most Kings are about six or so feet in length at maturity and will do well in a twenty gallon aquarium. There are breeds of King snakes who do, however, get longer than six feet. Take that into consideration. Also know, that the larger the snake, the more specialized care they need. And, just like the previous two snakes, the King will also enjoy a rodent meal.

One thing to note with these three snakes and many others is whether or not they eat live prey. Snakes like the familiar and will likely not respond to a food source they are not used to. Many snakes raised in captivity have been fed frozen mice from the start. If so, they may not know what to do with a live mouse in his enclosure. Adult rodents can be dangerous for a snake because they are known to bite. Frozen prey is available in a variety of sizes from newborn (pinkies) to adults in both mouse and rat species.

Learning a little more about the three easiest snake species to care for will make snake ownership much more enjoyable for you and your family.

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