So now that @Psyrocke has me thinking about a snake again i've been researching the king snakes and corn snakes and milk snakes over the last few months since i posted on it previously. Looks like the corn snake might be the best for me. My concern is the temps. Everything i've ready says to keep them in a heat gradient enclosure with a warm and cool end. That's not possible for me in the summer, no AC in my house and I can't afford to spend $300+ for a portable AC unit just to use it a few weeks out of the year. Already spent $200 on an evaporative cooling unit that doesn't really do much but increase room humidity and pushes air around for the total combined 2 weeks or so we've needed to run it this summer. Average temps in the summer are 78-82 in summer, 74-78 in winter. All the snakes i've been reading on say you should have a cool side in the low/mid 70s and a warm side in the low/mid 80s. Winter time i can do this with a heat pad on one end, but summer my house is in that warm side temp 24/7. So what's beginner snakes would work for these temps? or will any really thrive?