Posted Oct 14, 2018
Snakes... Specifically corn snakes... A-MAZING first time pets!
These animals are low maintenance, grow reasonably slowly, eat once per week/bi-weekly, poop once a week/bi-weekly, and provide companionship like any other pet would.
Keeping them is reasonably simple, all reptiles require some form of heat source, and this heat source can be via a bulb or a mat. All hear sources should be controlled by a thermostat to regulate the temperature, many shops/sellers fail to mention thermostats, but this can be vital to the health and survival of your snake. No thermostat means the heat sources can overheat and burn your snake... heat bulbs should also have a cage around them, as corn snakes will go to the closest heat source when they need it, and may touch/wrap around the bulb itself causing burns.
Feeding... Cheap, easy, and not an every day job!
Corn snakes will eat once per week, and can even eat once per month as they grow. This means you only have to feed them once, how easy is that? Because they don't eat often, they also don't poop often too! Cleaning them out can be a once-per-month mission!
These animals are relatively placid, and enjoy being handled to some extent. Many of the snakes I have personally owned and bred throughout my 10 years of keeping have enjoyed being wrapped around my wrist throughout the day, as long as they don't drop too cold.
Consider a corn snake as your first pet, or as an addition to your family!