10 breeds of small domestic snakes for your terrarium


Adopting a small snake presents advantages in several ways: in terms of the volume of its terrarium, the quantity of its food and its handling. We offer you a selection of 10 house snakes in the ideal size for beginners in terrariums.

1 – The snake-nosed snake (Heterodon nasicus)

Measuring between 45 and 50 cm for males and 80 cm for females, this reptile is ideal when there is little space at home. Dressed in a kind of snout, he uses the tip of his muzzle to search the piles of dead leaves on the ground. The Knot-nosed Snake loves sandy or rocky terrain. However, this diurnal snake remains to be handled with care because its saliva is poisonous and its bite, although superficial, can cause swelling and pain. Feeding mainly on fish and amphibians, it does not disdain a rodent from time to time.

2 – The California king snake (Lampropeltis getulus californiae)

Brown or black in color, its bands can be yellow, cream or white. Nothing scares this powerful reptile which can attack all animal species (birds, rodents), as well as its congeners. He will therefore have to live alone in its terrarium.This diurnal animal adapts to all climates. Harmless for humans, lampropeltis measure on average 1 to 1.40m. Very popular with terrarists, king snakes are easily manipulable and easy to maintain in an 80x40x40cm desert type terrarium.

3 – The false coral serpent-king (Lampropeltis triangulum)

This species has a magnificent cream to gray color striped with red, orange, yellow or ocher. It sports the same colors as the “real” coral snake, which is poisonous. Solitary and nocturnal and terrestrial, the reptile shows itself territorial even in the face of bigger than him. It feeds on lizards, birds and small rodents. Easy to maintain and particularly colorful, this Lampropeltis presents no difficulty for neophytes. Ophiophage (which eats other snakes), it cannot coexist with congeners.

4 – The gray-banded serpent-king (Lampropeltis alterna)

Fans of original specimens appreciate this small reptile with fascinating colors. Depending on the subspecies, it displays fine or broad orange rings (sometimes red) bordered with dark. Animal nocturnal, the gray-banded king snake feeds mainly on lizards, rodents and occasionally amphibians. Lampropeltis are known to have a very good appetite and to be very active.

5 – The garter snake (Tamnophis)

Commonly known as a garter snake, this species aquatic requires a suitable environment with a Bowl. The reptile – which sports three lines of orange, black and light blue – owes its name to the pattern in checkerboard reminiscent of the shape of a garter. Safe for humans, it is widespread in North America where it is able to survive in any climate. Small snake 1 to 1.20 m long consumes amphibians, fish or earthworms.

6 – The house serpent (Lamprophis Fuliginosus)

This snake native to the African continent adapts perfectly to small desert-like spaces. Of a temper calm, this domestic snake is easy to handle (gently) without ever showing itself aggressive. It is therefore suitable for beginners or children. The nocturnal animal likes to hide in holes at room temperature and is not demanding in terms of food: a mouse every 7 to 10 days satisfies its hunger.

7 – The sand boa (Eryx Colubrinus)

His short, stocky body sports an orange color speckled with black or brown. Used to hot climates, this snake African likes to snuggle up in holes during the day and move very quickly on or under sand. With a size of 40 to 70 cm, the sand boa does not swallow rodents larger than the circumference of its body. Although docile, it stresses more than the other boas and can show itself a little biter in case of excessive handling.

8 – Children’s python (Antaresia childreni)

Smallest python in the world (1.10 m only for the largest specimens), the Children species deploys beautiful iridescent hues with blue-green reflections. This snake fromAustralia loves rocky places and likes to hide there. Rather calm by nature, it can be handled with care because it can bite from fear (bite non-poisonous). For its food, small rodents are enough for it.

9 – The royal python (Python regius)

The reptile impresses with its dark colors and stocky body. He likes hot climates and enjoys taking a nap in a hole. The royal python is very popular in terrariums thanks to its temperament calm and its modest size (from 1 to 1.20m). Easily handled, the ball python very rarely bites and prefers roll up on himself in case of stress. Numerous mutations have revealed specimens with very varied colors and patterns.

10 – The pink boa (Lichanura trivirgata)

Light gray in color with bands ranging from orange to dark burgundy, this snake burrower comes from the southern United States and part of Mexico. Its average height is 80 cm. Although peaceful and docile, he turns out to be very active at night and may not support a terrarium too much narrow. In addition to crickets, the pink boa appreciates other insects, little mice and mealworms.

While small household snakes are ideal for beginners or children, their specific needs and longevity – some species live up to 40 years – require serious and long-term commitment. These parameters will therefore have to be taken into account before making a choice.