Congratulations on getting your own pet snake! They can be great pets, but be sure you know how to safely handle them without making them stressed out or uncomfortable. Then you can even find some ways to play with them!
Snakes are not naturally used to being around people, or being handled the way dogs and cats are. It is important that when you get a new snake, particularly a young one, that you spend some time each day gently handling them so they get used to you. Be sure you know how to read the signs that your snake is getting too uncomfortable. Hissing or striking out are big signs that you should back off a bit and let them do their own thing, or put them back in their enclosure. Remember! Play time should be as fun for them as it is for you!
When handling your snake outside of the cage, be sure to have the door to the room closed to keep them from escaping to the rest of the house, which will mean some serious searching time for you! If you’re holding your snake outside of their enclosure, be sure to sit on the floor, or on a bed or sofa, so that if you accidentally drop them, your snake won’t be injured.
Once your snake is used to you, they may start to glide all around your hands, arms, and fingers. This type of play is a great sign that your snake trusts you! You can also try wearing a loose shirt and see if your snake feels comfortable to curl up inside it with you. Having some kind of log or sturdy stick is also great for your snake, as they like to wind around and curl up on things. You can even keep one in their cage with them, provided there is enough room for it.
Snakes can be just as fun to have as a cat or dog, just make sure that the both of you are absolutely comfortable with the kind of play you are trying to do!