10 Best Pet Lizards and Snakes for Beginners

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Are you interested in getting a pet lizard or snake?

If so, it’s important to choose one that’s best suited to your level of experience.

Many owners find themselves frustrated when their reptile doesn’t behave as expected.

Because they didn’t give their new pet enough time to adjust to its new home before they began to try and train it!

In order to avoid such mishaps, make sure you do your research and pick one of the following 10 best pet lizards and snakes for beginners.

You’ll be happy you did!


1) Corn Snake

One of the best pet lizards for beginners is actually a snake: corn snakes are docile, easy to handle, come in a variety of colors, and feed on mice.

The hardy Corn Snake can live up to 20 years or more if given appropriate care.

One of its most attractive features is that they have a relatively small adult size (about 5-6 feet long) when compared to other popular pet snakes.

They’re also easy to care for, making them an ideal choice for new reptile owners.


2) Bearded Dragon

The bearded dragon is one of a variety of lizards that are considered to be good beginner pets.

They have a friendly demeanor, are easy to care for, don’t require large amounts of space or special lighting, and typically live about 10 years (or more) with proper care.

These lizards can grow up to two feet long and usually weigh between three and five pounds when fully grown.

In addition to being relatively low-maintenance, they also come in a wide range of colors including orange, yellow, red, brown, black, and white.

However, as with all reptiles, you should never handle them without wearing gloves.

Their skin is sensitive and will easily burn if it comes into contact with human hands.

It’s important to note that bearded dragons are omnivores who enjoy eating both insects and plants.

Therefore, you should feed them both vegetables and protein sources such as crickets or mealworms.

You should avoid feeding your pet any sort of meat product because they aren’t necessary for its diet.


3) Leopard Gecko

Since they are small lizards (only 6 inches) they are easy to handle.

They are active during the day but can be handled at night as well.

Leopard Geckos also have big appetites, so you will spend less time feeding them than other lizards.

And what do you feed your pet leopard gecko? Crickets. And lots of them!

Thankfully, most pet stores sell crickets in bulk and make them easy to buy in bulk too!

Your little gecko is going to go through quite a few bugs in his lifetime, so it’s best not to skimp on cost here.

If you don’t want to purchase live insects from your local pet store.

Try an online source like Amazon or even Google crickets for sale and see if there is anyone near you that sells cricket food by mail order.


4) Red Tail Boa Constrictor

This is one of a handful of non-venomous pet snakes that can get quite large, sometimes as long as 10 feet.

These snakes are known to be quite docile, even while they’re still small.

They’re also an extremely durable species of snake, meaning their lifespan often far exceeds those of other common pet reptiles such as lizards or turtles.

Their main drawback is their need for high humidity environments, which makes them difficult to care for in some parts of North America.

Also, keep in mind that these snakes grow quickly and will require larger enclosures as they age.


5) Ball Python

These non-venomous snakes can grow up to 6 feet in length, but they typically only reach 3 feet long.

Their average lifespan is 25 years, but some ball pythons have been known to live over 30 years.

Ball pythons are best kept alone or with another male of similar size.

They feed on a wide variety of prey including mice, rats, small rabbits, and birds.

And if you like sleeping with your pet, these guys sleep 18-20 hours a day!

This species has very mild dispositions, so handling them isn’t much of an issue.

However, it’s still important to know how to properly handle your pet snake so that he doesn’t become defensive.

As long as you don’t threaten him and let him get used to being handled from an early age, he should be comfortable around people.


6) Burmese Python

The Burmese python is one of two types of pythons that are commonly kept as pets in North America.

These snakes are attractive because they are docile, easy to care for, and do not grow very large.

This snake species also has a variety of color patterns.

Their lifespan ranges from 15-20 years but can live up to 30 years with proper care.

Burmese pythons have been bred in captivity since the early 1960s, so you can find them at almost any pet store or breeder if you’re interested in purchasing one.

They’re relatively inexpensive when compared to other exotic pet options; expect to pay between $50-$200 depending on where you purchase your snake and its size.


7) Crested Gecko

Before we get into our list of pet lizards, it’s worth mentioning that there are two types of lizards – the kind that should not be kept as pets and then everything else.

Crested geckos (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) fall into that everything else category.

These colorful creatures can make fantastic companions, plus they require little space, so they are a great choice for novice reptile owners.

They have become very popular as pets over recent years and with good reason; crested geckos are fun, easy to care for, and just plain adorable!

They also don’t require much attention or effort which makes them perfect for those who want a ‘set-and-forget’ type of pet.


8) Hognose Snake

Hognose snakes are one of the most popular pet lizards available, largely because they’re large enough to hold.

They don’t typically bite (and will play dead if they do), and they come in a variety of colors.

The hognose snake typically eats rodents, insects, frogs, small birds, and eggs—basically anything it can overpower.

These pet lizards thrive in households with both children and dogs that move around a lot.

The hognose snake is native to North America.


9) King Snake

The King Snake is one of the most docile snakes around, which makes it a great choice for a beginner.

This beautiful serpent also has a large range of color variations, meaning you can add personality to your home by selecting a unique specimen.

Not only are King Snakes easy to care for, but they’re also great first pets because they make little noise and their food preferences aren’t too finicky.

They typically eat once or twice per week, so you won’t have to worry about feeding them every day.

If you decide that a King Snake isn’t right for your family, consider adopting another type of pet snake—they all make wonderful companions!


10) Rat Snake

The rat snake is a non-venomous constrictor, native to North America. It gets its name from its long, slender appearance.

The scientific name (Elaphe) means swift and agile, which describes these lovely reptiles well.

There are many different subspecies of rat snakes, each with unique characteristics.

Some have stripes on their back, others have bright colors or patterns on their skin and belly.

These snakes can grow up to six feet in length, so make sure you have enough space for them!

They’re also very calm and docile animals that rarely bite.

These traits make them great pets for beginners!

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