Ranging in size from four inches to 33 feet, snakes - a complex group of more than 2,700 species - defies generalizations as to captive care. So before you buy your pet, research its individual needs.
Most commonly kept snakes are adaptable. Some are quiet, some are positively secretive, and a few are active. Some are nocturnal, some are diurnal. Although free snakes may wander widely, most quickly adjust to the confines of a terrarium.