"They can, if you're willing to take the time to commit to them," says Joy Harsh, Education Curator for the Abilene Zoo.
But before you decide to take home a scaly friend of your own, Harsh says you might want to do your research.
"I normally don't recommend pythons for a first snake," she explains, "because it's recommended you get a cage as long as they are."
As in the case of Jo-Jo, Ball Pythons for example, can grow up to five feet in length.
"We also don't recommend a lot of reptiles for small children," says Harsh, due to the fact that some snakes have been known to carry salmonella in rare cases
Most snakes rely on a diet of rats and mice, which could be something to consider if the idea of feeding life critters to a snake makes you cringe.
Harsh says the best snake for starters, is a simple Corn snake.
Connect with the Abilene Zoo:
9am to 5pm
$5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors
$2.50 for Children
Children under 3 are FREE