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Woodland Branch

1975 Grant Road
Los Altos, CA 94024


Monday1pm - 8pm
Tuesday1pm - 8pm
Wednesday1pm - 8pm
Thursday11am - 5pm
Friday11am - 5pm
Saturday11am - 5pm
SundayClosed
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Phone:(650) 969-6030

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Snakes Make Great Pets?

People often ask me for recommendations on what makes a great pet, particularly for families with children. And boy are they surprised when my first suggestion is a snake! A snake?? Yes, they can actually make wonderful pets, especially for younger children. The specific species is important, however, since you don't want to get your 10 year-old a Spitting Cobra. But if you pick the right type, they can be an easy, friendly, and interesting addition to your household.

My personal favorite is the Ball Python; I have over a dozen of them, after all! While their scientific name is Python Regius (Royal Python), they are commonly known as Ball Pythons because of their tendency to curl into a ball when threatened. With a defense mechanism like that, how can you justify being scared of them? They generally have very docile temperaments, easily becoming tolerant of regular handling, and are very low-maintenance in terms of their care.

So if you're thinking of adding a less-typical pet to your family, consider a Ball Python... other beginner snakes would include the Corn Snake, Rat Snake, Spotted or Children's Pythons, Western Hognose, Garter Snake, and Kingsnake, among others. See the resources below for more information, and be sure to check our branch schedules for upcoming reptile shows presented by Brian Gundy of For Goodness Snakes.

You Want A What for A Pet?!

You Want A What for A Pet?!

The Snake Almanac

The Snake Almanac

Snakes

Snakes

Awesome Snake Science

Awesome Snake Science (Look, that's a Ball Python featured on the cover!)

The New Encyclopedia of Snakes

The New Encyclopedia of Snakes

Read!