I could use a little advice and feedback from some of the more seasoned snake-keepers in the community. I definitely want to get another snake relatively soon, probably in roughly 6-12 months or so. I want my young blood python to be settled into her permanent adult enclosure before I get another addition, but I’m a planner, so I’m doing some research, squirreling away materials, etc. I’ve been waffling a bit on what I want my next species to be. Of course, I know that this is a very subjective decision that is ultimately up to me, but I’d still appreciate any wisdom you fine folks could offer about my three “finalist” species. They are:
Some sort of boa constrictor
Dwarf/super dwarf retic
For background, I currently have a Kenyan sand boa and a blood python. I had a Cali King as a teenager, have kept several species of lizard over the years, and was very involved in caring for my roommate’s ball python. I’m certainly not an expert, but I feel like I have a reasonably good handle on the basics of reptile care, and I’m always researching and trying to learn more.
I really enjoy handling my reptiles, so while I’m not afraid of a defensive baby, I would like a species that is likely to tame down with proper socialisation. I love large snakes, but space is somewhat limited, hence why a mainland retic didn’t make the list. I feel like the three species I’ve narrowed it down to fit the bill of being handleable and interactive, and big enough without being too big. I also feel their environmental requirements are very manageable for me. I also want something that’s likely to be a good eater, ideally on f/t prey (I’ll probably look for an individual that’s already been eating f/t).
So, for anyone who has kept one or more of those species, what are some pros and cons of each? Are there any other species you think I should consider?
I should probably note that I’m currently leaning more in the direction of the boa or the retic, just because I already have a blood python and I like variety. But on the other hand, I’m so in love with my blood that part of me is tempted to stick with that species complex, and Sumatrans are a close second-favourite for me within the short-tail species.