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Ball Python or Corn Snake: Choosing the Best Snake Pet


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Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. I’m a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over 20 years with the Bronx Zoo. Corn Snakes and Ball Pythons are close competitors for the title of the world’s most popular snake pet. Among the first species to be commercially bred in huge numbers, either makes an excellent choice for most snake owners, new or experienced. I’ve kept hundreds of species during my long career as a zookeeper, but a Corn Snake terrarium occupies center stage in my living room! In the following article I’ll compare the care needs of Corn Snakes and Ball Pythons, so that you’ll be able to plan ahead and maximize your pet-keeping experience and your new snake’s quality of life. Detailed care information is provided in the articles linked under “Further Reading”; as always, please also post any questions or observations you may have, and let me know which species gets your vote. Read the rest of this article here http://bit.ly/1qt28dh

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Best Regards, Frank

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Corns. Purely because they do more. Moving around and such. And I've had to many ball fast and it annoys me. Thought I'd mention the smaller locals of boas. Some only make it to 4 ft similar size to balls but without the feeding issues.


Thanks for mentioning the small island races...some great choices that are not all that well known; I've covered some here; best, Frank

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