When it comes to keeping reptiles as pets, turtles and tortoises are some of the most popular. Their innocuous, placid demeanor proves appealing to people who are skeptical about or even frightened of other reptiles, such as snakes, lizards, monitors, and so on. On the other hand, these animals are also misunderstood, with many owners being highly unaware of the actual requirements and needs to keep these animals content and healthy.
Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans); source
California kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getula californiae or L. californiae) are incredibly popular pet snakes, and for many good reasons. As their common name suggests, these snakes range throughout California, but also through parts of Oregon, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. They are hardy, easy to care for, and inexpensive to purchase and maintain, not to mention they grow to a very manageable average size of three to five feet, and occasionally up to six feet. Although wild phase California king snakes are already very attractive in their own right with striking bands of black and white or brown and yellow, these animals also come in a vast array of morphs and other colors, from albino to banana to high whites and more!
California kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae); Source
Rainbow boas are arguably one of the most beautiful snake species in the world. They get their common name from the stunning iridescence on their scales, which have tiny ridges that behave like prisms to give the stunning array of blue, green, and purple when light hits their scales. These animals are native to Central and South America, and although there are currently nine recognized subspecies, this article will focus on the Brazilian rainbow boa (Epicratescenchriacenchria), as this is the animal most widely found in captivity.