Acquired: Pet store
Posted Dec 28, 2014
We bought Marley from a pet store, and he was very little when we got him. He was around a foot and a half long. He was all black and seemed interested in people. After we bought him, we used an average sized fish tank around 30 gallons to make his habitat. We wanted him to have enough room. We used some fine mulch on the bottom of his tank, and put a make-shift tunnel from a small shoe box for him to hide. After putting a heat lamp and a small amount of water, he was home. So, I had Marley for around 2 years, and there is really nothing bad I can say about this type of snake. He was very low maintenance. We would buy him a small mouse once a week to eat. As he got bigger, we went to medium sized mice. Usually a pet store has mice separated by size. If not, you can just guess based on the size of your snake. After dropping the mouse in his tank, depending on how hungry he was, he would often pretend to hunt it and take his time, or immediately attack. Everyone enjoyed watching this. Marley seemed to like being out of his cage and handled by adults, that is. I don't think he cared for children too much. He seemed a little stressed after a child handled him. Marley was not a shy snake, and would often watch the activities happening outside his cage. He never bit or anything like that, and we enjoyed having him as a pet. The following picture is not Marley, but looks just like him, only he was smaller.