Snake or ferret

Discussion in 'Snakes' started by A R 3, Apr 14, 2012.


  1. A R 3

    A R 3 PetForums Member

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    Hi
    I am toying up getting a ferret or a snake as my new pet
    At the moment a ferret is winning
    Is there anyone out there who can convince me to get a snake
    I have never had snakes before what is a good beginner snake??
    😄😄🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍😄😄
     
  2. RockRomantic

    RockRomantic PetForums VIP

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    Two very different pets!

    For a first time snake I'd say a corn snake.
     
  3. Nagini

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    i`d probably go with the ferret:D snakes can be very boring creatures and newbies to the hobby can often get fed up when they realise they`ve purchased something that resembles a log on most days:D
     
  4. A R 3

    A R 3 PetForums Member

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    Haha I guess you have to be really into snakes of you want one !!! 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍
     
  5. Nagini

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    i love snakes they are my most favorite animal:D :eek:
    good starters are corns , kingsnakes , some boa`s [rosy boa`s , sand boa`s] and milk snakes make a stunning addition to anyones collection. kingsnakes are probably the most active and i love mine he`s a show off:D:rolleyes:
     
  6. A R 3

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    Yes !!!
    When I researched snakes kings were definatley my favourite though I don't think I'll get one 🐍 but its great chatting to people who do 😄
     
  7. RET

    RET PetForums Newbie

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    Snake beats ferret every time.

    If only for the reason, that you can leave them alone for a day or two.
    Which for a first pet will happen, as you go out and off to work etc...

    But, remember to give them plenty of handling, keep them tame.
     
  8. pogo

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    Snakes everytime for me!
     
  9. LizardLove

    LizardLove PetForums Junior

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    GET A SNAKE!!!
    I will give you reasons until I run out:
    1. If you clean their cage, they dont smell unlike a ferret.
    2. They cant claw you to death, unlike a ferret.
    3. You dont need to feed them but once a week (depending on the species), unlike a ferret.
    4. Despite many people's beliefs, they dont carry diseases! I will give you some info on this topic. They do carry salmonella in their digestive tracts, however, a lot of animals do, including most people. Because most people carry salmonella, a lot of people are immune to it. Also, you cant get salmonella just by handling them. You would have to come in contact with fecial matter and not wash your hands.
    5. Snakes might not require as big of a cage as a ferret (depending on species but you would have to get a burm or retic or something huge).
    6. Snakes are cleaner and easier to keep than ferrets.
     
  10. Melissa27

    Melissa27 PetForums Senior

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    What qualities are you looking for in a pet? Both species are wonderful but completely different to own in terms of care, sociability, housing requirements, human interaction, and general upkeep. What would make one animal an ideal pet for a person would make that same animal very difficult to deal with for someone else, and visa versa. I own and love both animals and would be happy to help you compare the two.

    -How much daily time and maintenance are you willing to put in?

    -What are you looking for in terms of interactivity with humans?

    -Is there anyone else living in your home that you would need to consider in terms of a fear of snakes, or who would be put off by a ferret’s natural odour and mischievous nature?

    -Are you looking for a pet that needs to be kept with company, or that will be happy on its own?

    -Would you prefer an animal that doesn’t take up too much space or require much in the way of training?

    As far as good beginners' snake, I highly recommend Rosy boas. They are beautiful, generally very docile little animals that are more mellow and smaller than a Corn or a King snake, but lower maintenance and often much better feeders than Royals are. Very underrated little boas IMO, I have never understood why they aren't more popular. :confused:

    I can personally attest to the fact that ferrets are generally much more wild and interesting than snakes are. :D The most movement I've seen out of my snakes today was my Woma python moving from one side of his vivarium to the other. My ferrets on the other hand are currently bouncing around the room like hyperactive toddlers, pestering my dogs and cat, trying to get me to play with them, and stealing things. ;)
     
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