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11 of the cutest snakes in the world

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  • Regardless of their reputation, there's no denying how cute and approachable some of these snakes are.
  • One of the most beautiful snakes you can adopt as a pet has to be the rose boa.
  • The corn snake is the perfect starter snake for those looking to adopt one of the cutest snakes in the world.

Whether you're interested in adopting a pet snake, or just interested in the cutest snakes in the world, we've got a list for you. Regardless of their reputation, there's no denying how cute and approachable some of these snakes are. Not only will we explain how cute the snakes in the picture are, but we will also discuss their personalities and useful facts. Let's take a look at 11 of the cutest snakes in the world!

1. Rose-colored boa constrictor

The cutest snake in the world
Rose pythons come in a variety of colors and patterns, depending on their region or preferred habitat.

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One of the most beautiful snakes you can adopt as a pet has to be the rose boa. Members of the Bidae family, these snakes come in a variety of colors and patterns and rarely grow large enough to overwhelm the average pet snake owner. Another benefit of these snakes is that they have an average captive lifespan of 20-40 years. But let's discuss the most amazing part about them: their color changes.

Rose pythons come in a variety of colors and patterns, depending on their region or preferred habitat. The domesticated rose boa is a very cute snake. These snakes use camouflage when found in the wild and are able to blend into their natural homes. Some popular varieties of rose-colored pythons include:

  • watered down
  • desert
  • coastal
  • Snow
  • Albinism
  • Mexican
  • arteriosclerosis
  • Xanthin

While you may need to see how some of these variants look, you will never be disappointed with the look of a rose boa. Their rounded heads and distinctive colors make them stand out in any home or setting. Keep in mind that some rose python breeds are very rare and therefore expensive to adopt as pets.

2. Lash Viper

The cutest snake in the world
Eyelash vipers come in countless colors and patterns, including gray, yellow, tan, red, green, and brown.

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As a member of the viper family, eyelash viper is a stunner and belongs to the category of "cute snake". These slender snakes come in countless colors and patterns, including gray, yellow, tan, red, green, and brown. Their bodies can be diamond patterned or striped, and the unique coloring is only carried over through these patterns. However, the most distinctive physical feature of these snakes has to be their eyelashes.

These lashes aren't eyelashes at all, they're scales from the heads of these venomous snakes. They don't seem to do anything, and some varieties have more lashes than others. Regardless, these snakes have flat snouts and distinctive eyelashes. The eyelash viper is really cute when paired with unique colors and patterns (if you avoid its bite!).

3. California Kingsnake

The cutest snake in the world
California kingsnakes have large eyes and a prized round snout, making them one of the cutest snakes in the world.

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If you're not interested in adopting a venomous snake like the eyelash viper, you should check out the California kingsnake. These non-venomous reptiles are easy to care for, very popular and friendly in the grand scheme of things for pet snakes. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and patterns, making them really cute snakes, including:

  • white
  • Anti-stripe
  • Lavender
  • chocolate
  • yellow banana
  • black and white stripes
  • Albinism
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California kingsnakes have large eyes and a prized round snout, making them one of the cutest snakes in the world. They also grow to a manageable length of 3-4 feet and have an average lifespan of 20-30 years. If you're thinking of adopting a snake, the California kingsnake is a great choice. Either way, this snake has some beautiful changes to watch!

4. Garter Snake

The cutest snake in the world
Garter snakes are prized wild snakes known for their slender bodies and pest control abilities in outdoor environments.

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You may have a garter snake in your backyard right now, but there's no reason to panic! Garter snakes are prized wild snakes known for their slender bodies and pest control abilities in outdoor environments. You can keep garter snakes as pets, but most of the time, this snake species prefers to be left alone in your garden.

Some common garter snake species or breeds include:

  • ribbon snake
  • Albinism
  • blue strips
  • checkered
  • black belly
  • Butler's
  • chicago
  • East
  • red edge
  • plain

Most of these garter snake species average 1-3 feet in length, with the exception of the giant garter snake. They can reach lengths of up to 4 feet, but this slender snake is still very cute and a very cute snake.

5. Corn Snake

The cutest snake in the world
Corn snakes come in a dazzling array of colors and patterns.

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The corn snake is another very cute snake and the perfect starter snake for those looking to adopt one of the cutest snakes in the world. This non-venomous reptile loves humans and being handled. Plus, it never grows particularly large, and they have tiny heads with big, cute eyes. The best part about corn snakes? They come in a dizzying array of colors and patterns, including:

  • Snow
  • snowstorm
  • blood red
  • depressed
  • miami stage
  • palm
  • ghost
  • candy cane
  • pink
  • blue
  • coral snow
  • butter
  • Lavender
  • Black
  • no scales
  • pewter
  • Okiti
  • Florida
  • East
  • caramel

That's not even all the varieties of corn snakes, making them ideal for those looking for a unique and charming pet snake. In fact, the number of possible variations in corn snakes has been studied for their genetic dominance and genome studies.

6. Hognose snake

The cutest snake in the world
The hognose snake has an adorable, pig-like upturned snout, making it one of the cutest snakes in the world.

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There's something special about the hognose snake, as you might guess based on its namesake. Yes, this snake has an adorable upturned snout like a pig, making it one of the cutest snakes in the world. In fact, hognose snakes have become one of the most popular pet snake species worldwide, and for good reason.

Not only are these species of snakes small and cute with rounded bodies, but they also come in a variety of colors and patterns. Some of the most popular hognose snake varieties include:

  • Albinism
  • Xanthin
  • Red and white
  • coral snow
  • super arctic
  • pink crayon
  • Lavender
  • jaguar
  • East
  • Toffee Conda

Some of these varieties are extremely rare and should only be purchased from reputable snake breeders. Hognose snakes also often have tricky dietary requirements, so keep that in mind if you are a new snake owner. But how can such a face say no? !

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7. Asian vine snake

The cutest snake in the world
Given their vibrant green color, Asian vine snakes live up to their name.

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Small and slender with a uniquely shaped head, the Asian vine snake is definitely one of the cutest snakes in the world. A member of the snake snake family, this snake is slightly venomous. However, its cuteness makes it a fairly popular pet snake among experienced reptile pet owners.

Their bodies are extremely slender and distinctive, with narrow triangular heads and large eyes. They are prolific tree climbers and rarely grow to two feet long. Given their vibrant green color, Asian vine snakes also live up to their name. Their underbelly is usually white or cream, and some of these snakes have been bred to have black or white spots and stripes. This species is a very cute snake.

8. Carpet Boa

The cutest snake in the world
The carpet python's diamond-shaped pattern and large head make it stunningly cute.

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Carpet pythons are friendly and exotic, and there are many species in captivity. These snakes make great pets and come in a variety of colors and patterns not often found in the wild. However, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy their beauty and cuteness! Some of the cutest carpet python breeds include:

  • granite
  • jaguar
  • zebra
  • Albinism
  • caramel
  • Xanthin
  • watered down

The carpet python's diamond-shaped pattern and large head make it stunningly cute. However, this snake is one of the larger species on this list, growing to over 6 feet in the wild and in captivity. The carpet python also has an average lifespan of 30 years, making it a lovely addition to your family for many years.

9. Ball Python

The cutest snake in the world
Ball pythons are bred for captivity, and they come in a variety of patterns and colors.

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Similar to the carpet python, the ball python is another popular pet and a very cute snake. Their heads and bodies closely resemble carpet pythons, with broad, friendly faces. Additionally, ball pythons are highly recommended as novice pet snakes due to their docile temperament and ease of care. Additionally, ball pythons are bred for captivity and they come in a variety of patterns and colors, including:

  • Xanthin
  • Albinism
  • banana
  • spider
  • piebald
  • Red
  • vanilla
  • yellow belly
  • Pinstripes
  • ring
  • pastels
  • mojave desert
  • smaller
  • clown
  • Champagne

You will no doubt have no trouble finding the ball python in the specific color and pattern of your dreams. However, some of these varieties are extremely rare and expensive, so keep this in mind if you are considering adopting a ball python. While these snakes can grow larger than other types of snakes, they have a long lifespan – up to 40 years in captivity!

10. Ring-necked snake

The cutest snake in the world
You can easily identify ring-necked snakes by the brightly colored ring around their neck, which is where they get their namesake!

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Although they are not commonly kept as pets, the ring-necked snake is definitely one of the cutest snakes in the world. These slightly venomous snakes are members of the Colubridae family, along with corn snakes and vine snakes. You can easily recognize them by the brightly colored ring around their neck, which is where they get their namesake!

Ring-necked snakes come in a variety of colors, including gray, black, brown, red, and yellow. However, what makes them most unique and stunning is that they often have bright colors on their underbelly, while their upper body remains a solid, neutral color. Ring-necked snakes grow this way to protect them in the wild. They remain neutral and camouflaged when traveling or hunting, and they reveal their brightly colored underbelly to warn predators that they are indeed venomous!

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11. Kenyan sand python

The cutest snake in the world
While you might mistake the Kenyan Sand Python for a worm, its body and head are quite unique and cute.

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With its adorable round head and small size, the Kenyan Sand Python is definitely one of the cutest snakes in the world. You can keep this particular python as a pet, it is a lovely snake and very popular due to its relative comfort in handling. Additionally, sand pythons have an average lifespan of 10-15 years in captivity, making them ideal for a variety of families.

You can find Kenyan sand pythons in many colors, patterns and variations, including:

  • arteriosclerosis
  • Ablation paint
  • Albinism
  • albino paradox
  • striped
  • Snow
  • snow streaks
  • calico
  • nuclear

While you might mistake this particular snake for a worm, its body and head are quite unique and cute. Since Kenyan sand pythons never exceed two feet in length on average, they are best kept in small enclosures.

Summary of the cutest snakes in the world

# snake Place
1 rose python California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico
2 eyelash viper Southern Mexico via Central America to Colombia, Ecuador and western Venezuela
3 california kingsnake Much of California, adjacent states, and northern Mexico
4 garter snake North America
5 corn snake US East and South
6 hognose snake Eastern North America, from southern Canada, the Great Lakes region, and New England to Florida
7 Asian vine snake Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar
8 carpet python Australia, except Tasmania
9 ball python Sub-Saharan Africa from the west coast of Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana to Chad, Sudan, Cameroon and Uganda to the Nile
10 ring necked snake Eastern US from southern Canada to Florida
11 Kenya sand python East Africa – found in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Niger, Egypt and Libya

Other Cutest Animals in the World

Cutest animal: quokka
The main reason quokkas are so cute is their face, that little smile makes them look super happy!

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The quokka is a small herbivore about the size of a cat that is not only considered one of the cutest animals but also one of the happiest in the world because of their smile. The quokka's characteristic "smile" is actually the shape of their mouth, which they open and stick out their tongues to keep cool, though that only adds to their cuteness. The marsupials are also very friendly and while they may enjoy being petted, this is not recommended as they are still wild animals and should be left alone. They are thought to have such a friendly disposition due to high levels of oxytocin receptors in their brains that make them social animals.

Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba), also known as Caribbean white tent bat
The fluffy Honduran white bat is just one of 6 of 1,300 species that are completely white.

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These little balls of white fluff are Honduran white bats that measure from 1.2 inches to nearly 2 inches long with a wingspan of just 4 inches. Also known as the Caribbean white tent-making bat because of their tendency to build "tents" out of leaves, this small bat loves and feeds on fruit, and more specifically, prefers a specific species of fig, the Ficus colubrinae . Not only do their white coats have built-in UV protection, but they also make them invisible. They build their nests in green trees, their white fur turns green when sunlight filters through their nests, and if they remain still, they are undetectable.

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