Last week we added a new pet to our household, a ringneck snake or Diadophis punctatus. I just happened to find this little guy on the sidewalk outside my office. I thought it was a worm at first but then I realized it was a snake. I knew if he stayed there he would get stomped. I scooped him up in a paper cup and, on the way home, I bought a small terrarium and some small crickets for him.
Here’s a picture of one from a government agricultural extension site (not mine since my digital camera isn’t working)
Mine is about the same size though.
He seems to be doing fine so far. My wife isn’t thrilled about having a snake in the house though. What’s she going to say when I tell her that he can get up to about 2 1/2 feet long. Yikes! And so we begin our adventure with a pet ringneck snake.
Do you have a snake or other reptile as a pet? Have you thought about purchasing or capturing something like this or some other variety of small household snakes? What do you think of keeping small pet snakes? I would appreciate any helpful suggestions about keeping them as pets.
‘Ringie’ died recently. We’re not sure what happened to him but it looked like he developed a tumor or something. We may get another small pet snake at some point since he was a rather interesting pet.