Pet Talk : Snakes as Pets

By Megan Palsa, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

COLLEGE STATION, March 5, 2018 – If you’re not into furry animals with four legs, perhaps a pet snake might be able to “slither” into your heart.

Some people may feel squirmy around snakes, but these reptiles offer company and stress relief for many people. Snakes are also low maintenance; they do not require daily walks and they are quiet during the day and at night.

However, there are other factors to consider before getting a pet snake, including breed, life-span, and health requirements. Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, suggests snake breeds that may make a suitable pet.

“Ball pythons, kingsnakes and corn snakes are great,” Hoppes said. “However, large boas and pythons do not make good pets for most people due to their large size.”

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