Do we have any snake people here on the forums? A friend of mine recently started talking to me about all the reptiles she wants in the future, and now I want one, too! But because I like to over research everything that I commit to, I'd love to know what type of snake would be best for me. Or if getting one would even be a good idea at all.
What I really want is a medium sized snake
(about 3 - 6 feet long) that is very safe to handle
and beginner friendly
. The only experience I have with reptiles are my red-eared sliders! I really want a snake that I could take out every day to hold and put around my arm or shoulders.
My friend wants a ball python and they sound like what I'm looking for as well. I did read that they are finicky, though, and to be honest I am not sure if I want to feed live mice. Not because I'm squeamish (I'm not!) but because I'd have no idea where to store the mice... and I don't want to stop at the pet shop every week or two for food.
The other type that intrigues me is the hognose, but I heard that while they're fairly docile, they aren't really a climbing snake.
I know corn snakes are also a popular choice but they're a little small for me.
Suggestions, thoughts, and feedback welcome! Pictures are a plus