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Venomous snakes as pets?

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

  1. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    This forever. If you don't work with or keep herps/inverts/fish, it's likely that nothing I say will get a person to understand. Especially the zen of it. I could be wiping poop off the enclosure walls and still be happy as a clam and perfectly chilled. I'm pretty mellow now, in fact. My oldest and largest Crested male, Elmo, is currently curled up asleep in my lap and probably will be until I feel like moving or make a loud noise of some sort

  2. Thank you. I could never narrow it down to one spedific morph, but, I'd say the Python Breitensteini aka Borneo Short Tail Python is my favorite. These species of snakes have a stigma in the reptile world as being 'mean', very similar to our dogs in that way, yet I have not been struck once by any of mine yet.
  3. Kinda like how strangers will ask " How could you or why would you want to own a PIT BULL!?!? " lol
  4. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Haha true!
  5. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    what snakes would you consider to be the best for newbies? and what snakes do you prefer only experienced handlers own?
  6. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Are we talking all snakes or just hot ones?

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  7. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    oh, yes. The venomous ones. sorry. :blush:
  8. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    I got the pleasure of handling a Rococo Toad and it skeezed on my hands. I ended up (somehow), getting the shit in my mouth. I ended up having an extremely itchy, raspy, weird feeling throat for about 24 hours after that.

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  9. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Corns, Ball Pythons, Kings, Children's Python, Garters
    Any large snake, hots of course, Red Tailed Racers, Indigos, Rock Pythons, ect

    For non-hots.

    For hots, there's really no such thing as a newbie hot. If you're not experienced with some hot care via a mentor of some sort under your belt, stay away from them. There's a saying used a lot that the deadliest hot is the one that just bit you. As for the biggest pains in the ass, I wuold have to say it goes to neonate king cobras
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  10. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    I personally think if people want to keep venomous animals, they should be required to have a license and take some sort of saftey class.
    these animals ARE dangerous, and do need responsible handlers, its not difficult for a venomous snake or reptile or insect to escape a house, if said owner is living in an apartment full of unsuspecting people and happen to come across this escapee, it could be fatal.

    i think if your serious about owning them you should pay a fee to take a saftey coarse and get a license.

    but, im one of those people who donot think boas and pythons should be sold willy nilly in pet shops either-all to often they become an impulse buy, i think those should only be sold thru breeders to make it harder for people to simply buy them for there little boy who wants a pet snake, then find out later on "we dont have the room to house this snake"

    i have been seeing ALOT of ads on our local craigslist for pythons and boas, which are like 4-6 feet being kept in dinky 55 gallon tanks with nothing! IMO thats terrible, while ive never owned snakes before i cannot imagine they are happy living in a empty tank without anything to climb or any type of stimulation, barely being able to move period.
  11. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    ha, I can't help but think that sounds a LOT like a question people raise often on this board about our dogs..
  12. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

  13. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    I would never buy a reptile from a petstore,the animals are of terrible quality and are way over priced
  14. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Depends on the store, IMO. Though I typically stay away from most chain stores as they tend to keep reptiles in ways that I don't agree with with what is usually very little education on the intricacies of their animals. There was an excellent reptile and fish store where I used to live, with knowledgeable people and competitive pricing. And on the other spectrum was crappy place that had the most miserable looking Blood Pythons and Rainbow Boas I have ever seen that were kept in arid conditions under a heat lamp they couldn't move away from and no water bowls to soak in. They all desperately needed to shed, but couldn't
  15. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    I'm sure that there may be some pet stores that care for their herps well. But everyone that i've been to the animals were kept in miserable conditions and the animals were far overpriced, and they would sell an animal to anyone without any care for if they know anything about it...

    At petco their redtail boas are 180$ i got my redtail from a breeder for 30$.
  16. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    That stuff never fails to make me shake my head. Petsmart guy tried to sell me a normal leopard gecko for $90 bucks because it was "jumbo" and the manager of the small animals department thought my Albino Jungle female was another species because of the color. I asked her how she made it to the head of a department knowing so little about what she sells and that was the end of them trying to sell me stuff
  17. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    Honestly- i think they should force people into taking a dog care/training/ saftey coarse after a dog has been deemed dangerous. i think it would help alot, morons who let their aggressive dogs run loose all over town should be required by law to take a training class and be taught how to be responsible about careing for there dogs. as oppose to simply being fined.

    would it suck? hell yes it would, would it keep more people from letting there dangerous dogs run loose? i bet it would. IMO-if your a responsible owner, theres nothing to worry about.
  18. All in all, we'll never be able to keep undesirable people from owning/keeping animals/reptiles. All we can do is educate as much as we can. There are idiots all over the world that own animals that they have NO business owning due to irresponsibility or ignorance or both. Nothing we can do about that unfortunately.
  19. In the old county I used to live in, if a person's dog was deemed dangerous, aside from the muzzle and above average kennel requirement, the owner has to pay a hefty fee annualy. I do agree that along with those terms, they should have to sit through an educational seminar on how to properly contain/care for a dog, but that has yet to happen. Alot of it is ignorance, BUT, there are a few folks out there that just don't know any better.
  20. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    I agree 100% we will never be able to keep all idiots away from owning animals-but i figure a saftey coarse would atleast give some of them the oppurtunity to try and be responsible, like you said alot of ignorance.
    some people dnt know any better.
    i beilve that selling large snakes only thru breeders would help keep many of these boas and pythons out of gnorant peoples hands (not all but a few), while allowing the breeders to educate the prospective buyers.

    like some of you mentioned-alot of chain petstores that sells snakes dont know what they hell they are talking about!
    when i was a kid i wanted a turtle SOOO bad, my mom finally agreed and took meto the pet store to buy one and all supplies- they talked me out of buying a turlte because htey didnt have in-HOWEVER they DID have tortioses in and swore to me that all the needed was-canned fruit cocktail to survive-i found out years later VERY VERY differantly and ended up re-homeing the poor girl when i reilized i could not care for her properly as i hadent the space or money for her complete care, though she survived being with me for 10 years before i found adaquate info on her care thru a tortiose rescue.

    thats why i say classes for people- they make parents take parenting classes when they loose there kids in order to get them back-why net for people who obviously NEED the education to own/care for an animal? Obviously it would erradicate the problem-but i feel it would help for people who do try but dont know where to go to learn.

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