Are there any types of pet snakes that don’t bite?

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Are there any types of pet snakes that don't bite?

Chris Reid

Votes: 9541

Any animal with a mouth can bite in the following circumstances:

There is no such thing as a pet snake that will NEVER bite under any circumstances.

However, as many posters before me have mentioned, there are plenty of species that are *reluctant* to bite – because they don’t easily get frightened by handling, they are not nervous by nature, and they are not so food-oriented that anything presented to them MIGHT be edible.

The species that in my experience tend to fit the bill:

The (relatively common) species that in my experience I wouldn’t recommend if being bitten is a huge problem for you:

Sammy Stokes

Votes: 668

All snakes bite. It depends on a number of things Bc every snake is different. Some may have milder temperaments while some may be more aggressive. Mainly what it comes down to is how you treat the animal in my opinion. Snakes can be “tamed down” through a lot of time, patience and handling. Learn how to read the animal for signs of stress Bc a stressed/afraid/angry animal is one that is going to be defensive and may end up striking. Some species of snake are generally more tame than others. Do your research and if you’re looking to purchase an animal I recommend going to a reptile expo and handling the snake you want to purchase so you can get an idea of how the animal reacts to handling.

Elaina Veasey

Votes: 6817

Will you find a snake that will never ever bite you? No. Any animal with teeth, if provoked, ill, or confused, will use them at some point.

That being said, there are breeds of snakes that rarely bite. Generally these are starter snakes: Ball Pythons, Corn Snakes, King Snakes, Rat Snakes, etc. These specific breeds of snakes tend to be more calm, docile, and easy to handle.

Even with these more docile breeds, bites can occur. Quite often a snake will strike around feeding time (generally once every week) so a good tip to avoid being bitten is to stop handling your snake and reaching into the cage shortly before feeding. Always feed frozen-thawed mice, and always feed with tongs. Never associated your hands with the smell of snake food.

Even if you do get bitten, these more tame species tend to have less ferocious bites, especially as babies. It will feel like a pin prick or a shot- nothing remotely as painful as getting bitten by a dog or a cat.

Really what you need to do is do your research, and not on a cite like Quora. Google snake care sheets, and good snakes for beginners. Do your research about a snake breed that will work for you, and if getting bitten even once is a deal breaker, then move on to researching a different pet.

Bartholomue Smith

Votes: 8067

yes noddles

they are very delicious too

Christian Schaefer

Votes: 9314

Every animal that has a mouth can bite. There are however some species that are usually reluctant to bite such as corn snakes, ball pythons, milk snakes, dione’s rat snakes, western hognose snakes and pretty much most species of garter snakes are just some examples of snakes that are usually reluctant to bite.

Renald Lucas Quinn

Votes: 1203

Then you get bitten by a water snake.

In all seriousness, it will probably hurt a lot but it will be nothing serious. Water snakes have defense temperament and you may be nailed quite a few times. But just get to a place to wash the wound before bandaging it. The bite will bleed a bit, but nothing bad should really happen

Jim Seippel

Votes: 8722

The nightsnake – Hypsiglena – is a rear fanged snake native to Central and North America. It primarily eats lizards. It’s venom is not toxic to humans.

About 30 years ago one of the members of our herpatological society was looking at snakes in Mexico and found a member of the Hypsiglena genus that was poorly described in the literature and he wanted somebody at Texas A&M to see it. He did not have permits to bring it across the border so he stuffed the bag down his pants. As he was crossing the border, the snake started biting his penis. Since what he was doing was illegal, he couldn’t do anything until he was firmly in the US. The claim was he had a reaction to the venom that resulted in some swelling to his organ. His wife claimed it was her favorite snake. 🐍 😍

Tuvi Voorhees

Votes: 3892

If it has a mouth it can bite. Having said that, there are some snakes that aren’t aggressive and don’t generally bite, but that doesn’t mean it can’t…

Votes: 936

My pet Cobra is a sweet and gentle reptile who’d never bite anyone.


Pardon me, I must go on Quora and ask; “I’ve been bitten by my pet Cobra, what should I do?”

Nikki Belmonte

Votes: 8981

Patience. Slow, confident movements. It also depends on the species you have. S

ome soecies like the ball python tend to be more docile. Other species, like a boa constrictor are more inquisitive and move more. They are all so different and interesting in tbeir own ways.

But you will still get bitten now and then. There are two kinds of snake owners. Those who have been bitten and those who will be bitten. It happens. But all animals can bite. You need to have a lot of patience but I think it’s worth it.

Edit- I don’t know why my picture posted in the middle of a sentence. Sorry! 🙂

Ryan Payne

Votes: 4318

First thinga first; take a couple of deep breaths and calm down. For most snake bites, its all shock and awe. The majority of nonvenomous bites do not cause major harm and only minor pain. Some even fail to break the skin.

Most bites will be defensive in nature; the snake will bite and them immediately recoil away. The snake has zero desire to eat you. That being said, they are not the smartest animals; they may confuse you for a rodent. If this is the case, they will likely not let go. (Its almost comical to watch a ball python or corn snake try to “eat” your thumb, only to realize its too large.)

Venomous snakes will almost always release you, regardless of the nature of the bite. Nonvenomous snakes will have to be removed.

This does NOT mean rip the snake off.

(I believe this is a reticulated python skull.)

Almost, if not all, nonvenomous snakes will have several rows of razor sharp, recurved teeth. That is not as terrifying as it sounds. These teeth will produce several dozen relatively “clean” (figurative use of the word) puncture wounds. Their teeth are designed to grip their prey, whereas a dog’s are designed to rip and tear flesh off bone.

If you are bitten by a large python, you will bleed- a lot. You will be in pain. Your house will resemble a murder scene. But, despite all this, you are not in any danger (assuming the snake isn’t constricting your neck/chest, and this is why you always have two people when handling large snakes.)

A large constrictor bite is a worst case scenario nonvenomous bite. Simply relax (hard to do, I know) and analyze the situation. Make the snake let go by pouring a small amount of mouthwash or hard liquor into its mouth. Do NOT use force; you’ll tear yourself up and potentially rip some of the snake’s teeth out.

Once the snake is off, secure it in its enclosure. Go into the kitchen or bathroom and irrigate the bite with large amounts of running water. This will flush out most bacteria and debris. Dry the bite with sterile gauze and rinse with an antiseptic (I highly recommend one with lidocaine in it.) Dab antibiotic ointment on the bite using a sterile cotton applicator and apply a NON-ADHERANT surgical dressing to the bite. This thin piece of petroleum jelly soaked plastic mesh will ensure the gauze is not clotted into the wound. Then dress with sterile gauze to absorb blood and wrap with medical tape (I recommend cloth tape.) Pop some ibuprofen (Motrin) and ice and elevate the bite to reduce swelling and pain. Go to your local pharmacy and get a tetanus booster if its been more than five years since your last one. Monitor the bite for localized infection and seek medical treatment if one develops.

If you begin to feel faint, dress the bite and lie down for a few minutes. This is a phenomenon known as vasovagal syncope that some people suffer from when injured. It is not dangerous in and of itself. (Losing consciousness while driving, however, is not harmless.)

Other than salmonella (which would require you to eat the snake’s feces,) tetanus (which can happen from any puncture wound,) and localized infections, there are no transmissible diseases from snakes.

Venomous bites require prompt medical attention to minimize damage. Don’t panic, call an ambulance, and dress the bite in the same way (just exclude the ibuprofen.) If you are healthy and not allergic, a venomous bite will take several hours to several days to kill. It is an emergency, but you are unlikely to die.

Chris Reid

Votes: 5690

A snake that is biting *things that move* may be afraid (or hungry). If it’s afraid, it’s lashing out because it’s scared of the thing that’s moving, and is trying to make that moving thing go away. I use a combination of techniques to get around this one.

A snake that is biting *things that smell like food* is normal. Don’t want to get bit? Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your snake, and if you have other furry or feathery pets, you might want to change clothes so you don’t have feather dust, fur or dander on you. Don’t try to handle or play with your snake when you’re thawing frozen food out or have its prey in the room. If the snake is exhibiting hunting behaviours (typically, sticking just its head out of a hide and very intently watching everything going on outside) it’s not the best day to decide you want to get him out of the cage – wait until after you’ve fed him and he’s digested it before you initiate playtime, or at the very least look into “tap training” (which isn’t actually tapping the snake – though it might involve lightly touching the snake’s body with a tool that isn’t your hand to indicate that this is not a feeding session and that there is nothing worth biting before you reach out and pick the snake up.)

A snake that is biting things that aren’t moving / aren’t warm / don’t smell like food / is biting itself is almost certainly expressing pain and needs to be seen by a vet – it is profoundly abnormal for a snake to bite cage furnishings (in absence of the smell of food in the air or on the object).


Votes: 3099

Ok so I personally think that there are other animals cuter BUT that’s only my preference

anyway I do love snakes they are just adorable u think the way they curl up then stick there noses up lol

just like this ⬇️

I also thing that there little like nose hole mustache thyme thing is just THE CUTEST thing

here are some pics of that ⬇️

Nikkei Simmer

Votes: 4786

Have you got two holes or a nasty jagged array of multiple teeth marks. If you have two holes you’ve been bitten by a venomous snake and you’d better make sure that you get to the hospital within the hour so that you can get treated with antivenin.

Above (venomous snake bite – two fang marks); below (non-venomous snake bite – notice multiple teeth marks)


Votes: 2266

Any type of toothless snake.

Peter Kaye

Votes: 9862

Is it possible to identify my pet snake amongst snakes of its kind and size?

Unless it has some sort of distinguishing mark, probably not. Depends on the type of snake, the patterns do vary, so maybe yes if your snake has a more distinctive pattern than the others, I guess it also depends on just how well you know your own snake, my grandson is into snakes in a big way, he has hundreds, and yes, he can identify individual snakes, through their colour and markings. So I guess it comes down to experience.

As you can see, the two snakes Megan has are almost identical and very hard to tell apart. One is a bit bigger than the other but if they were both the same size as in t

Rob Adams

Votes: 875

Why don’t snakes bite when you hold them?

If you hold them by their head, they can’t bite you. I usually hold them either with the second knuckle of my right index finger under their chin and my thumb on top of their head, behind the eyes.

If you hold them incorrectly, they could bite.

Jeff Spaeth

Votes: 1336

Do bull snakes bite? If so, how deep and how hard is their bite?

All snakes and all animals bite.

Guess which non-venomous animal delivers the most infective bite?

(Rabid animals not included)


Yes, you. Dirty mouth has nothing to do w/ curse words.

Gopher and Bull snakes…Pituophis spp. are fantastic spirited snakes very capable of being tamed and doing what every wild animal is capable…

Being unpredictable.

Once while giving a lecture to a cub scout den, i was holding a 5 foot Gopher snake who i had known and cared for for years.

I am blabbing away when my buddy (the snake) must have had enough and i watched in slow motion as it looked at me… and reared bac

Riley Randall

Votes: 6119

Should I keep my pet snake away from my other pets? Is there a danger of the snake trying to kill and eat another pet?

It depends on how big your snake is and how big your other pets are. If you own a reticulated python and a chihuahua, I’d watch out. Chances are, that isn’t the case. Most pet snakes are under 8 feet so they couldn’t eat much more than a medium rabbit- if that. I would try to keep them away regardless because it isn’t good for different animals like that to interact. If you have a dog or a cat, it’s likelt they’ll hurt the snake before the snake hurts them. But I doubt you’ll have an attack based on the snake looking for a meal. Keep the snake in its enclosure and other pets out of the room or

Christian Schaefer

Votes: 5743

What are the benefits of a pet snake?

Georgia Bence

Votes: 2065

How come snakes are relatively safe pets to own if there are so many cases of snake bites in the wild?

Most people don’t own venomous snakes as pets (though some do, and you often need a permit). While snakes aren’t domesticated, captive bred snakes that have been around people tend to be much more docile than their wild counterparts. In both instances the vast majority of people who are bitten by snakes do something to provoke the snake, but if a captive snake doesn’t see you as a threat it is less likely to bite you. Another factor is that a kitten can do more damage to you than most commonly kept snake species. Hopefully the people keeping larger snakes that could pose a safety risk already

Terri Millard

Votes: 9346

Are pet snakes cuddly?

Websters defines cuddly as:

1. Having a quality or nature which invites cuddling.2. fond of cuddling

Cuddle definition, to hold close in an affectionate manner; hug tenderly; fondle.

As far as having a quality or nature which invites cuddling, absolutely not. There is nothing fluffy or soft about them. I would also have to give a hearty no to them being fond of cuddling. It is we who initiate conta

David Tartaglia

Votes: 5035

Can I let my pet snake outside?

Here in Florida we have a massive problem with pythons in the Everglades. Pythons are not native to Florida. Former pets were released into the wild,or escaped and bred furiously. They have eaten much of the wildlife in our “river of grass.” Rabbits, foxes, raccoons, many birds have all but disappeared, because of the voracious appetites of pythons.

We have annual python hunts to help restore the balance, but pythons have adapted to the ecology of the area and are hard to find. The hunts may kill a hundred, but that represents a fraction of the thousands left to keep breeding.

You didn’t say wha

Caro Anderson

Votes: 5552

Do snakes bite from the strike position?

Yes, they do. They also bite any time they damn well feel like you’re threatening them, “strike position” or not! Treat ALL animals, snakes included, with respect, empathy, and room to live out their lives- then you won’t have to worry about it. If you’re able to “read” their body posture as a “strike position”, do the right & intelligent thing: leave them alone.

Ryan Mattes

Votes: 7808

What pet snake moves around the least?

Well, the first problem is that snakes aren’t really pets. They aren’t like a dog, they don’t like being petted, and they really don’t want you messing with them. Some will learn to tolerate it, but many will never tolerate handling well, especially certain species.

Now, as for snakes that don’t move around a lot, my favorites are green tree pythons. They’re beautiful, and as long as you don’t try to handle them, they’re fairly easy to keep for a well-informed, experienced snake keeper. They are a bit finicky about food, and cage cleaning can be an exercise in patience (and sometimes your toler

Chris Reid

Votes: 7602

Why are milk snakes the best pet snakes?

Unfortunately my experience of milk snakes does not suggest that they are the best pet snakes.

They do have the following advantages:

Dolores Espinosa

Votes: 7256

Can all snakes expect to be poisonous as pets?

Not all snakes are poisonous.

Chris Reid

Votes: 6987

Which snakes do not bite people?

Any snake can potentially bite – they all have mouths.

Some snakes do have very small heads and very small mouths – for example, the threadsnakes and worm snakes mentioned by Lewis Smith, as well as most of the species of coral snake – and thus are very unlikely to be able to successfully bite a human being. However, the consequences of a coral snake managing to catch a thin bit of skin like your thumb web can be quite severe, so you wouldn’t want to count on the “it’s only got a little mouth, it’s safe to handle it barehanded.”

Most snakes in my experience are relatively reluctant to bite human

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