My brother has a 4" pastel ball python, Bertha, and I play with her a lot. I had snakes growing up - a Ribbon snake that sadly choked on a piece of substrate (he ate tiny minnows, one fell out of the dish and he ate it, but it had a small piece of aspen stuck on it. Seeing as he was all of 5' long full grown, it was enough to asphyxiate on D: ) and some banded water snakes. I bought one at the pet shop, paid $50 for him, and then found a juvie in my back yard... turns out they're local!
So I kept him and the juvie for a year, though he bit me at least once every time I held him, before I just released him in the lake out back, since they were eating fish out of that lake in a good sized tank, I felt they had enough of a hunting instinct and were adapted well enough to the local food that they would do OK. Every once in a while I see a huge fat banded water snake and I think it's my adult I released
He's HUGE now!
Your corn snake is really gorgeous, I love the checkered pattern they get on their bellies. When I move out this summer, I'll be getting a Anery Sand Boa ;D I love reptiles! I also REALLY want a Frilled Dragon they have at the local reptile store, he's such a mush. But he needs a 6" long, 4" high set up and there's no space for it and I can't afford it! They'd give him to me free if I buy the cage, and one of the guys offered to build me the cage since the poor dude's been there for 2 years but... :/ Maybe when I go to move out, I'll do it ;D 3 bird cages, a snake, 2 fish tanks, and a HUGE lizard cage will fit in a 1 bed apartment along with my boyfriend, his cat, and husky right?