These Snakes are probably the best beginner snakes to start with. They have a calm nature, enjoy being handled and are easy to keep and maintain.
Desert King SnakeLampropeltis getula splendida
The Desert King Snake is a subspecies that is very closely related to the Californian King Snake and Mexican Black King Snake. These snakes have either a black or very dark brown base colour to them with white or yellow flecks of colouration.
Everglades Rat SnakeElaphe obsoleta rossalleni
Everglad Rat Snakes reach an adult length of 3 to 6ft. Adults and babies vary greatly in colouration and pattern.
Russian Rat SnakeElaphe schreki
This snake is found in the Amur River basin; in eastern Mongolia, southeastern Siberia, northuern Manchuria and Korea. It is the largest indigenous snake on the Korean Peninsula and gets to a good size of 140-180 cm long.
Bairds Rat SnakeElaphe bairdi
Bairds Rat Snakes vary in from 3 to 4.5ft in length. Babies are grey with black markings, as they grow and mature there colouration changes to a grey orange background colour.
Black Rat SnakeElaphe obsoleta
Officially the longest snake in North America. They are known for their supreme climbing ability, in the heavily wooded areas they live within.
Brooks KingsnakeLampropeltis getula brooksi
The Brooks Kingsnake is a popular species for beginners as these are easy to care for and grow to an average size of around 4 foot in length.
Californian King SnakeLampropeltis getula californiae
Californian Kingsnakes range in colour morphs from black and white striped or bands to chocolate, lavander, albino and many more. They are one of the best first snake species to own as a beginner.
Common KingsnakeLampropeltis getulus
The Common Kingsnake has a glossy black background colour with chain like rings. They vary in size from 39 to 78 inches, some adults may reach a length of 82 inches.
Florida KingsnakeLampropeltis getula floridana
The Florida Kingsnake is an ideal species for beginners as they seldom bite. They reach an adult size of between 36 to 48inch and vary in colour.
Great Plains RatsnakeElaphe gutatta emoryi
The Great Plains Rat Snake or Emorys Rat Snake as it is also known grows to a length of 24 to 42 inches. They are light gray or tan in color, with dark gray or brown blotching along the body.
Grey Banded King SnakeLampropeltis alterna
Grey Banded Sankes grow to an adult size of 20 - 36".
Grey Rat SnakeElaphe obsoleta spiloides
The Grey Rat Snake have a light coloured background with dark dorsal saddles. They can be found from Florida to Mississippi in America.
Mexican Black KingsnakeLampropeltis getula nigritus
Mexican Black Kingsnake are just that, all Black. They make an ideal beginner snake, however, do need regular handling when young.
Red Mountain Rat SnakeElaphe porphyracea laticincta
Red Mountain Rat Snakes are small, reaching 3 to 4 foot when adult. They inhabit the mountain areas of Sumatra and Malaysia.
Taiwanese Beauty SnakeOrthriophis taeniurus
The beauty snake is a long semi-arboreal snake from Asia, they can grow to quite a impressive length of 10ft. Which is huge for a member of the rat snake family.
Texas Rat SnakeElaphe obsoleta lindheimeri
Texas Rat Sankes are often considered to be one of the meanest snakes alive (by Texans). Captive-raised specimens that are handled regular
The Texas Rat Snake is a medium snake reasching an adult length of between 4 and 5 foot, some adults have been know to reach 6 foot.