We keep various animals both as breeders and for education. Here they are by species!
Plains hognoses (Heterodon nasicus), commonly called western hognoses within the pet trade, have some of the biggest personalities among North American colubrids. They can be timid, calm, bold, and dramatic, sometimes in the same individual! They're known for both their pug-like upturned noses and their flair for theatrics, including flaring out and false striking, and when that doesn't work, musking and playing dead. They make great beginner snakes for those that aren't afraid of their shows, though if their defensive displays make you flinch, you might want to consider it for later. They are mildly venomous, though most individuals are very unlikely to bite and they rarely leave a bad reaction unless they are allowed to chew on the skin for several minutes.
Hognoses are our main breeding focus at the moment. Here are ours!
Turd Blossom (conda)
Sweet Pea (albino)
Honey Bun (albino conda)
Puddin' (het snow)
Sparkly (lavender pos. het albino)
Snuggly (pos. het coral)
Picklepee (arctic conda pos. het albino)
Pumparum (arctic twinspot pos. het albino)
Ball Pythons (Python regius), known as Royal Pythons in certain commonwealth countries, are pet snake mainstays and make great beginner pets. They have very calm, sedentary temperaments, being very unlikely to strike or bite unless provoked. They make great lap snakes, though they often just want to hide!
Magnolia (lesser ghost)
Zzyzx (savannah pos. het desert ghost)
Yuma (lesser het desert ghost)
Eastern blackneck and checkered garter snakes
Eastern blackneck (Thamnophis cyrtopsis ocellatus) and checkered (Thamnophis marcianus) garter snakes are our two current species of the Thamnophis genus, which include both garter and ribbon snakes. Garter snakes in general are fairly active and inquisitive, though like many other slender-bodied colubrids, they can be wiggly to handle and take some socialization. They are very fun to watch and do great in bioactive enclosures. Garter snakes are also some of the few snake species that can be cohabited with great success, and studies of garter snakes have suggested some level of social consciousness among them. Garter snakes are often overlooked here in North America as common "garden" snakes, but they make surprisingly good captives, especially for basking-focused bioactive group enclosures.
We cohabitate our garter snakes in separate male and female enclosures, and all of them are named after towns within their respective ranges.
Nelson's Milk Snakes
Nelson's Milk Snakes (Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni) are in flux taxonomically due to the currently underway restructuring of the Lampropeltis genus, and it will most likely be known as Lampropeltis polyzona nelsoni or simply Lampropeltis polyzona in the future. However, within the pet trade it is known most widely by its common name, referring to a subspecies of milksnakes found on the western coast of Mexico. Despite Lampropeltis triangulum being considered a native species of Texas, Nelson's milksnake looks quite different from the subspecies found here in Texas, having the more distinct white-black-red stripes that get these species confused with deadly coral snakes and looking most similar to our Louisiana milksnakes.
Milksnakes are voracious eaters, and while they're most often fed mice and rats in captivity, in the wild they are known for eating other snakes, a trait they share in common with their other kingsnake cousins in the Lampropeltis genus. Their appetites and their tolerance for different enclosure setups makes them very easy beginner snakes, though they can be flighty and may take more socializing than some other colubrids, like corn snakes. They like to both dig and climb and are very fun to watch if given an enclosure that accommodates both behaviors.
Common boas, previously grouped with red-tailed boas within the Boa constrictor species label, were recently moved to their own species and are now called Boa imperator. These are the "Boa constrictor" most commonly found in pet stores. Boas have very calm, ponderous temperaments, and tend to move very slowly and carefully. They are rarely fast, except when they strike their prey, when they strike almost faster than you can see! As constricting snakes, they have incredible grips, and they are semi-arboreal, being more arboreal as juveniles and more terrestrial as adults. Though the name Boa constrictor is often bandied around as a frightening snake species, they are usually quite tame and easy to handle, getting large but not too large to be handled by an able lone person. They have a strong feeding response, however, and care should be taken at feeding time to not receive a nasty bite.
Corn snakes (Pantherophis guttatus) are a type of new world rat snake, grouped in the Pantherophis genus alongside other common rat snakes found throughout the United States. They are semi-arboreal throughout their lives, like other rat snakes, and show an uncanny ability to climb surfaces like bark and brickwork. Corn snakes are possibly the best beginner snake around, having easy care requirements, curious natures, and calm temperaments. Like other colubrids, they can be wiggly as juveniles, though most often less so than other rat snakes and similarly-sized king snakes. Though they're usually fed mice, they can take down astonishingly large prey, and like the "rat snake" name suggests, they can easily eat rats of various sizes as adults.
African egg-eating snakes
African egg-eating snakes (Dasypeltis spp.) are some of the most unusual colubrids, known for the special protrusion on their spine that allows them to crack eggs, consume their contents, then regurgitate the shells. They also have an incredible defensive display in which they rub their scales together to produce a hissing, sawing sound, thought to be a form of Bayesian mimicry after the defensive display of deadly saw-scaled vipers that they share a range with.
Snoopy (Dasypeltis gansi)
Bearded dragons are actually not snakes! They are lizards! Native to Australia, Pogona vitticeps is a very friendly Agamid lizard species very commonly found in the pet trade. Though they are very commonly found and cheaply acquired, they are perhaps more suited for intermediate keepers, having a more diverse diet and lighting requirements than what might be considered beginner lizards, like crested and leopard geckos. However, they remain popular due to their great temperaments, lax attitudes, and perfect size.