When you talk to someone and they hint that they love snakes, most likely they aren’t just in love with snakes in general. Most often, snake lovers have a preference and even more common is the fact that one of their favorites is going to be either a boa or a python. They are similar in some ways, but they come from very different parts of the world. Asian countries and Africa are the most common natural home for pythons and boas are found in Mexico or central and southern America. If you find either one outside of those areas, chances are good it was bred by someone to sell. You should know before you commit to a pet snake, you need to make sure that you are willing to commit long term. Otherwise, even though they can survive in warm climates, they can also become a problem for that area if too many are released into the wild.
An Anaconda is found in marshy or swampy land areas. The female, which is slightly larger than the male, can grow to be up to 30ft in length and may weigh as much as 550 pounds. In the wild, they can live up to ten years and because of their size, not many people are willing to keep them as pets for very long. As full-grown snakes, they eat wild pigs, jaguars, deer, and other animals.
A boa constrictor is a pretty snake that can be a variety of colors. They can reach up to 13ft with females being the biggest and heaviest. They may also weigh as much as 60 pounds. Their ideal environment is the rainforest, but they can survive drier areas if necessary.
The Emerald Tree Boa is not a snake that you will see on the ground very often. They have the ability to go months without eating and wait in tree branches for their prey to come along. These snakes eat frogs, small mammals, and birds while wrapped around their tree branches. The Garden Tree Boa is pretty much the same, but may grow to about 6.5ft in length.
The Rainbow Boa is a snake that is very calm, but it may still bite when young. It is a common pet because of its beautiful iridescent sheen. It can reach up to 7ft in length when it is grown.
If you want a snake that is native to the U.S., you will like the Rosy Boa or the Rubber Boa. They are the only two boas’ native to America. The Rosy Boa can reach approximately three feet in length and it is very calm. These snakes are said to be completely harmless to humans. Their diet consists of small animals including baby rabbits, lizards, and rats. The Rubber Boa reaches about 2ft. at adulthood.
The Ball Pythons are one that is preferred by many snake lovers. They are naturally found in northern and central Africa and they are small compared to some other snakes. In captivity, they have a very long lifespan and may live for between 30-50 years. This makes them a long-term commitment, but most feel they are well worth it. They eat rodents, rats, and gerbils.
Blood pythons are larger than the Ball Python and may become as long as 10ft. Their diet is dictated by their size and they will not attempt to eat anything that is larger than the widest point of their body.
The Calabar python is unique in the way its head and body are shaped. They are burrowing snakes and therefore their body is cylindrical, and their head is blunt. Their tail is also blunt in shape, which helps them to confuse predators that may come after them in the wild. They stay short at only about 3ft when grown.
Carpet pythons are also available in a variety of colors. They are nocturnal snakes, but may come out of hiding during the day to warm themselves with the sun. They are larger snakes and may reach up to 13ft and weigh 33 pounds when fully mature.
The Reticulated Python is the longest snake in the world by about four feet and can reach up to 32ft long. They are great swimmers and have been seen in the ocean, but they mostly thrive in forests or grasslands in Southeast Asia.