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Venomous snakes as pets?

Discussion in 'Reptiles & Amphibians' started by adjecyca, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    How do you guys feel about people keeping venomous snakes as pets? I go to a lot of reptile shows, and it's unbelievably easy to get your hands on a venomous reptile... And am just wondering what your stance is on it...

    Me personally i will stick with my pythons and Boas!!! :)
  2. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    I wouldnt...too risky for me
  3. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Its like anything else. It's about the people that own them. I've owned venomous inverts. Death Stalkers, Bird Eaters, Vietnamese Centipedes etc. Not like deadly snakes (cause they're illegal here). I highly suggest the people that own venomous anything know their shit first lol.

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  4. innoko

    innoko Big Dog

    I think you just have to be more careful and vigilant with them. They are certainly not for inexperienced keepers or anyone who cuts corners. I kept a wild-caught copperhead for a friend for about six months and I loved it, I can't wait to keep another one someday. I personally prefer the less deadly hots, or at least animals that are native to the US so that, if anyone ever was bitten by my animal, local EMS/hospitals would be somewhat prepared. I have known some lazy keepers who kept seriously dangerous animals like monocled cobras and were very lax about it, and I do have a problem with that.
  5. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Hots are definitely not for lazy or inexperienced keepers. If you want to work with hots you need to have good secure setups and learn things such as handling with a hook and tongs, bagging, ect.
  6. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    I just wish it wasn't so easy for just anyone to get a venomous snake because it gives the responsible people a bad name..That does also go for pythons and Boas too,I'm so tired of seeing then on "Fatal Attractions" if they were in the hands of responsible owners they wouldn't be a problem. And it seems like most breeders and petstores don't ask people anything about the animals to see if they actually know what they're doing.
    They'll just hand over a reticulated python to any average Joe who has the money for one..

    BBPITS Good Dog

    About 4-5 years a guy was bitten by a gaboon viper on his face, they had to fly in antivenin to save his life. He lived, but he had to pay for serum, the flight, etc. I believe it was 10K plus. His buddy told the cops he destroyed the snake, but couldn't produce the remains.It made the national news here in Canada.
  8. Lee D

    Lee D Good Dog

    in high school i dated a girl whos father was an exotic reptile expert. he had these giant stacked enclosures(not sure if thats the proper term) all over the house...literally, and they were full of rattlers, copperheads, and a couple cobras. that was just the living room, so when youd walk in the front door you were pretty much face to face with rattlesnake after rattlesnake...spooky. the cobras were the worst, they were very timid, but even behind glass they scared the shit out of me.

    he never had any accidents, and as far as i know hes still into the venomous snakes, but i do know he was the FIRST person to breed the reticulated python in captivity. he was from indonesia and went god knows where and literally captured his first pair. i dont know if it was legal, it wasnt my business, but i do remember the first time i saw a 25ft+ long snake in his basement. he would just reach in and start pulling out a monster to show off (of course there was several people to safely accomplish the task). and ya wanna know the funny thing? they also raised chihuahuas...you should have seen the nasty look he gave me when i joked about feeding the nasty ones to the pythons. LOL
  9. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    I'd love to have some, I'd feel safer with a Gaboon than with a grumpy 15ft Retic. I kept pretty venomous Tarantulas and Spiders, like Black Widows and OBTs.

    I see Venomous snakes on craiglist even here.
  10. Lee D

    Lee D Good Dog

    i was kinda suprised, ive read how aggressive the reticulated pythons can be, but his were really pretty mellow...maybe because they were handled constantly?
  11. G-X

    G-X Big Dog

    I had a boss back in 04 that collected exotic pets. He had a neon green pit viper i wanted but he wouldnt come off of it. He even had a dwarf caymen crocodile. In a 100 gal fish tank in his living room.

    Google that ish!!!!!!!
  12. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    dunno if this thing is poisonous, but it looks freakishly awesome!!


    (its a Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko)
  13. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Nope. Not venomous but insanely awesome. I've always wanted one.

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  14. I think if someone feels they are responsible/experienced enough to keep venemous, then more power to 'em. They are rediculously cheap to aquire though, which is scarey. I am happy with my Bloods, Short-Tails and Ball Pythons though. I LOOOOOOOVE Gaboon Vipers but I will never keep one. Just not my thing. Our snake room is kept locked, even though none of our animals are venemous, just to be super extra safe. Another rule we have here is that while we have kids here living in our household, we will not keep a species that exceeds 5-6ft max. I LOVE albino retics but I will NEVER keep on, until my kids are all over 18.
  15. That damn Fatal Attractions show......they've been airing an awful lot on snakes lately and it's getting old quick. Kinda like how our bulldogs get a bad stigma due to only negative crap being aired about them on TV. Snakes already have a negative stigma as it is. :/ And it's always human stupidity or irresponsibility that lead up to those stories on that show. ESPECIALLY the one where the guy allowed his 15ft Burm to roam FREE in the damn house! Come on now!

    I have an extensive collection, and I handle each of my snakes daily, but I NEVER, ever ever ever allow them to roam anywhere! Not even the snake room!
  16. innoko

    innoko Big Dog

    I HATE Fatal Attractions! It just makes all reptile owners look bad, and even the ones with large mammals are always poorly kept or neglected/understimulated in some way, and I think the show often doesn't put enough blame on the owners...the only thing they're usually a "victim" of is their own stupidity or laziness.

    WBT, I'm with you on keeping my reptiles super secure. I don't have kids but do have two cats whom I treasure, I don't know what I'd do if I had an escape and one of them was hurt or killed. In fact I just turned down a free Dusky Pygmy rattler yesterday because I don't have a secure cage and room at this time. I do agree that it's wayyyyyyyy too easy for inexperienced people (and downright idiots who think it's cool to own something deadly) to acquire venomous reptiles.
  17. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    I hate it as well. It's shows like this that encourage and feed fear monger legislation.

    I would like to get back into hot herps myself but until I have a room that I can dedicate solely to them, that's not happening
  18. momtosadie

    momtosadie Big Dog

    I don't understand why anyone wants to keep snakes, crocs, reptiles, spiders etc as pets. I'm not saying it's bad, I just don't get it. They don't provide much in the way of companionship and you certainly can't interact with them very much (or in the case of poisonous creatures, at all). It seems like a snake would rather be slithering around in the forest (or whatever) than in a small enclosure. But, to each their own, as long as the owner is responsible.

    But, when it comes to poisonous and deadly snakes, it surely takes a very serious and disciplined owner to keep them. And let's face it, how many people do you see owning dogs that are clueless as to how to treat them and train them and control them. Unfortunately it's often the least able people who want to own the latest cool fad creature and with deadly animals the end could be tragic. For the owner and the creature.
  19. I personally have an collection of all non venemous species. I am a dog person first and foremost, but my snakes are a close second. People that don't keep snakes will not understand the 'why.' I am in and out of my snakeroom multiple times a day. I handle each and every one of mine at least once every other day. I can be super stressed, and go into my snakeroom and disappear for an hour or so, just observing/admiring/holding my snakes, and come out feeling so much more settled/calm. They're almost therapeutic in a way. Each snake that I have is like an individual work of art. If someone isn't a fan of snakes in general, they can't be expected o understand that perspective for sure. I breed a select few of my snakes as well, as the primary species I keep are not too overly common here in the states right now. In fact, I already have a waiting list for my upcoming clutch. :D

    The species I keep are also kept in appropriate sized enclosures, with water sources big enough to soak in if they so choose. My ball pythons like to be dry, but my Blood and Short-Tail Pythons derive from rice patties in Malaysia/Sumatra so they like high humidity and moisture. The Bloods and Short Tails are actually very sedentary animals. Even in their natural enviornment, they are very inactive. They mostly stay in one spot, burrowed under cover. They actually prefer the 'snug' feeling, as if they are in too big of an enclosure for their size, they get stressed and feel insecure. Pretty neat. Sorry for going off on a tangent!!! I am very passionate about these guys and tend to go overboard sometimes when I get excited talking about them.

    As far as venemous though, I respect those that keep/handle them properly, but I personally will never keep a hot.

    As far as keeping snakes in general.....there is so much variety! More than folks can imagine! Here's a quick few of the main species I keep! Even my Aunt who does not like snakes admits they are beautiful animals! lol

  20. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    Ive always thought snakes were fascinating. Id be the girl that would be picking up garter snakes and freaking the other girls out! lol

    you have some beautiful specimens WBT. Which specie would be your favorite, if you had to choose?

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