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In July of 1985 I walked into a pet store "just to look" and walked out with a baby burmese python, a plastic water dish, a hot rock and a ten gallon aquarium. Sometime after that I started looking for books about snakes, burmese pythons and snake care.
This is NOT the recommended way to get into keeping snakes. Most snakes that are the victims of impulse buys do not survive. They die of cold, heater burns, neglect and abuse. They are scarred by rat bites and suffer from mites and other parasites. They are dumped off at animal shelters and zoos or just right into the trash. Snakes are great escape artists and may turn up months or years later sometimes long after the original owners have moved on.
Snakes can be good pets if you take them on their terms. They won't learn to do tricks or use a litter box. Different species make better 'pets' than others. Snakes come in lots of different sizes and colors, and they have different requirements for heat, humidity, lighting, food, water and security (the snake's and your's).
Do the research first. Set up the habitat and work out the heating and lighting and temperature gradients and mount branches if necessary. You can arrange the furniture and fill up the water dish(es) when you are ready to introduce your new snake to its new home. Always keep new snakes in quarantine for a month or two. Chose a simple setup for new snakes and watch for signs of mites or disease.
Find out more about the Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus), the Colombian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria maurus) and the Whitewater Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata roseofusca).