I think it’s great that you’re taking your time to plan things out! It will mean you find the perfect creature for you! You’re doing the most responsible thing and waiting until you can give them the best life possible with you, too Vivi! Kudos!
Vivi was a bit of a gift; I knew I wanted a corn snake, but my bf whom I lived with at the time brought me to the pet store to get her. It was 8 years ago, and I didn’t know then what I know now, and was in a bit of a rush about things so I said yes and we got her and that was the beginning of a beautiful relationship with her!
I would never recommend someone to do what I did, don’t buy a snake from a big pet store like that, not when this place and local breeders and rescues exist! I did not really get my “choice” of morph or anything, but I was extremely fortunate with her! and she has been nothing short of the most wonderful snake companion you could ask for! So her origin story is bittersweet.
Vivi has always had a really calm and curious temperament, she has never bitten me but will vibrate her tail if I bother her at the wrong times! Lol. She lets me pick her up no problem, and wraps around my wrist/neck and gently squeeze, while we sit or walk around my place or go out on my balcony.
I have a very big plant shelving unit that I snake proofed and let her explore it, she can’t disappear or get hurt on it. Her bin is on a coffee table in my living room in front of the plant shelving. (I have a special shelving unit coming for her soon! But for now she gets center stage lol)
She will sometimes reach for the shelf in her bin (I have pics, lots of pics of this queen); she seems to enjoy the feeling of the different plants, she will lay between them intricately curled up in them and slowly explore. She can do that for hours if I let her! Which I do regularly, when I’m watering and tending to my plants. I leave her alone the day she eats and 2 days afterwards and also when she is in shed (unless i needs to clean her water, pick up poop or a shed or whatnots)
I was homeless for 2 years and a friend watched over my snake during that time. Now I am in a stable home, a place where I can give my pets the care and commitment they need, for the past several years. Vivi has thrived! and I have done lots of research and purchased a baby coral ghost corn snake from a breeder online over the winter. He hasn’t been shipped to me yet, too cold still where I live, but he is in good hands, and he is gorgeous! I named him Merlin <3
This is what Merlin looks like, from the breeder!