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You might be interested in getting a pet snake; but where to start?

Which snake should you choose? What snakes do you like? Do you know what are the most commonly kept pet snakes?

here we’ll discuss the most common snakes kept as pets and provide you some pros and cons to each!

What Are the Most Common Pet Snakes?

Not all of the nearly 3,000 different kinds of snakes in the world are kept as pets. 

However, there are a number of very popular species that have become favorites or reptile keepers. These snakes range from small and thin, to very long (over 20 feet!!) and quite thick and heavy-bodied!

Popular pet snakes are found in almost every color imaginable and have many different patterns, markings, and unique characteristics!

Let’s start our journey by checking out the three most common families of snakes kept as pets…

Pythons

reticulated python

Colubrids

california kingsnake

Boas

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Pythonidae (pythons)

Ball Python

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Burmese Python

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Boidae (boas)

Boa Constrictor

Boa constrictors (both BCI and BCC, common and red tail) are regularly kept as pets. Boas average 7-10ft long and can live for over 20 years! They are great pets for those able to house this large snake and provide it with the equally large food that it requires.

Kenyan / Arabian Sand Boa

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Arabian sand boa

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Rosy Boa

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