The variety and diversification that can be found in the snake kingdom can hardly be matched. Snakes are mainly classified into two groups-venomous and non-venomous. Contrary to popular beliefs, the percentage of venomous snakes that inhabit the earth is almost negligible in comparison to the non-venomous ones. Snakes can make as exotic pets only when the understanding about them by the owner is proper. There are quite a few things that need to be kept in mind before choosing a snake as a pet.
Firstly, snakes should be kept by only those people who are committed to understand their requirements and have adequate resources to meet their needs. It should always be remembered that different snakes have different characteristics that are unique to them. So, their needs and requirements are also different from each other.
Secondly, the owner should be ready to enter into a long time commitment, as the life span of snakes can be even more than twenty years in certain cases. Thirdly, the owner must have freezing facilities to feed frozen prey to the snake. Moreover, there should be proper arrangement of keeping the snakes in captivity so that they cannot escape. Venomous and large constricting ones should be avoided and not chosen as pets without the proper expertise.
Snakes bred in captivity make for better pets as they are easier to tame in comparison to their wild counterparts who are more aggressive and prone to various parasites and diseases. Proper examination must be carried out in order to find traces of any diseases that may be present in the snakes before making them pets.
For beginners, snakes that can be tamed easily and more docile are usually recommended. Snakes like corn snakes, ball pythons and king or milk snakes usually come under this category. They are usually very timid and rarely show any aggression towards the handler.
It is always advisable for beginners to avoid large constricting snakes or venomous ones or ones that are difficult to maintain in comparison to others. Snakes such as Burmese python, water snakes, green snakes should be avoided at the beginning.
Non-venomous snakes such as reticulated pythons, anacondas and venomous ones like the rattle snake , spectacled cobra, king cobra, common krait and vipers of all typed should be strictly avoided. In case these are kept in captivity, all arrangements for countering any accidents such as snake bites should be kept by the side. Emergency arrangements may include first aid kit for snake bites and if possible, adequate stock of anti-venom related to each particular species.
Arrangements must be made so that small children cannot get close to them, as, snakes are not toys by any means. Snake attacks on children can give them serious injuries that may also prove to be fatal in some cases. What is needed for domesticating a snake , is its proper understanding and harbouring of respect. Only then can be company of a snake prove to be pleasurable, just like that of an ideal pet.