About the Snakes for Pets Team
Behind the scenes at Snakes for Pets, you’ll discover a writing team that is passionate about all that our fork-tongued friends bring to a home.
Together we create articles that provide easy-to-follow advice, support, and information for snake owners, diving into everything from the basics of milk snake ownership, onto more complex topics, such as the biology of how snakes breathe.
Each member of our team has experience as a writer in the animal realm; some have specialized in veterinary technical writing, while others are more generalized pet content creators.
No matter the exact writing niche of each member of our team, we all adopt the same approach when creating guides for Snakes for Pets – to remove the jargon, draw together only reliable information and to always keep it as simple as possible.
How Snakes for Pets Began
A Word from Our Founder
“As a young girl, all of my friends would beg their parents for a pet – some wanted rabbits, others gerbils, hamsters or birds. But not me. For as long as I can remember, I always wanted a boa constrictor. Fast forward fifteen years and my love for snakes hasn’t diminished.
While I’m yet to purchase a boa constrictor (something that will have to wait until I have enough room), I’ve now been the proud owner of a milk snake, ball python and a coral snake for four years.
I set up Snakes for Pets as I wanted to dispel the many myths of snake ownership (not to mention the bad rep they have).
What once began as doing my scaly companions a favor, naturally progressed to become a website that covered every question and uncertainty of my fellow snake owners”.
Like a snake eying up its prey, our mission is laser-focused – we want to educate U.S. snake owners (and soon-to-be owners) about caring for their pet snake. Alongside this, we also want to counter the misinformation and scaremongering that unfairly tarnishes the serpent species.
We’re aiming to become the undisputed source of trusted information for snake owners throughout the U.S.
Snakes Make Wonderful Pets (Fact)
Today there are almost 5 million U.S. households that own a reptile (APPA National Pet Owners Survey), and more than 1 million snakes in the U.S. (AVMA). So it seems that both snakes and reptiles are gradually shedding their unsavory reputation. But there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Sadly snakes are often misjudged and misunderstood, with many believing them to be vicious and unsuitable for the home. Our team is redressing myths such as these (not least because, as well as animal writers, we are also pet snake owners).
So, in case you were wondering, we want to start with some home truths…
- Snakes DO make good pets
- Snakes DON’T bite (when approached and handled with care)
- Happy, well-maintained snakes DON’T give off a give off a foul odor
Poorly Pet Python?
Snakes demand the right care and in-depth knowledge. However, unlike cats, dogs, and other verbal pets, snakes can’t whine or moan when ill, injured or suffering from a health condition.
For this reason, it’s critical that any responsible snake owner invests time in researching and understanding not only proper snake care but also how to spot and treat potential illnesses (such as how to treat mouth rot in snakes and how to recognize common health problems in snakes).
A Fast-Track Guide to Pet Snake Species
With almost 3,000 different species of snakes (and just 375 of these being venomous), it’s fair to say that there’s an overwhelming number of snakes when choosing one as a pet.
Here are our beginner guides on some of the most popular species…
- The Gopher Snake – A generally docile snake that can grow to a large size. Gopher snakes are perfect for beginner owners.
- Rough Green Snakes – A wonderfully calm and friendly snake species, Rough Green snakes are simple to care for.
- Rosy Boa Snake – A naturally inquisitive snake, the Rosy Boa is a slow species that loves to hide away and socializes between December and March. This fascinating snake requires a careful approach, but they’re still ideal first-time owner pets.
- Ball Python – Non-venomous and never growing longer than 5-foot-long, the Ball Python’s non-aggressive nature makes it an ideal first pet snake.
- California Kingsnake – The California Kingsnake is happy to be fed on a diet of rodents and tends to have a passive character.
- Corn Snake – The Corn Snake is a beautifully distinctive species that is found in the southeast U.S. Their characteristics make them the perfect snake for beginners.
- Garter Snake – Garter Snakes demand plenty of understanding, as they need a very specific diet if they’re to thrive. They also need their environment to be right (as they’re cold-blooded).
- Reticulated Pythons – This snake is known as the world’s longest (so they require a mammoth sized vivarium). This snake is a constrictor, and they have powerful muscles, so they’re only suited to experienced snake owners.
- Rat Snakes – The term ‘rat snakes’ incorporates more than 50 differing snake species, including corn snakes. Most rat snakes grow to around 5 foot in length and have a docile temperament.
- Boa Constrictor – A non-venomous snake that can grow to 13-feet in length, boa constrictors are (perhaps surprisingly) relatively easy to care for.
- Hognose Snake – Cheap to keep, don’t grow too large and a friendly snake species that are incredibly easy to handle.