I've gone back and forth more times than I can count on my first snake purchase. I'm shopping for: good temperament (something I can handle daily), manageable size (5 foot maximum and nothing that could choke out a toddler), and relative ease of care. This has led me to three snakes: a Spotted python, a Dumeril's boa, and a Hogg Island boa. From what I've found, Spotted pythons have good tempers, stay small, and are easy to care for, but lack the beautiful colorations and patterns the boas can have. The Dumeril's have the temper, ease of care, and beautiful patterns, but can be upwards of six feet and heavy bodied snakes. And lastly, the Hogg Island boas have the intermediate size (if I can find a male), the coloration and ease of care, but can be more prone to aggressive tempers than the other two. Can anyone lend a metaphorical machete to this thicket to help me decide which snake is best for me?