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Venomous snakes as pets?

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

  1. I want to comment on the part you mentioned about how it'd be better if large snakes were only sold through breeders. I totally agree, as the majority (not all, but most) of pet stores that sell reptiles do NOT properly educate buyers, nor care for the animals they have in the store properly. Sad part is, is that there are still breeders out there that breed and sell snakes, that do NOT go out of their way as they should to make sure the buyer is fully educated. There are sadly ALOT of money motivated folks in the reptile industry right now. I for one tend to go overboard if someone buys a snake from us. I will actually conversate extensively with someone interested FIRST, to be sure we're on the same page with care and knowledge of the species, and then go from there. Anyone that buys an snake from me will have a lifetime of support if need be. I also created one of the top forums on the net for my species so there's a huge support system there as well for any potential buyers. I wish people didn't exploit (that's pretty much what they're doing) animals with the sole motivation of money. It's sad. I put so much into my animals. I could never just sell to any ol' body that flashed paper in my face. I care what happens to the animals when they leave my care. I know that if I screen people, that I have at least done that animal some justice by insuring that the buyer knows how to properly take care of it.
     
  2. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Thought this would be a good vid to check out. Viperkeeper keeps 100+ venomous snakes and is definitely one of my favorite hot enthusiasts

    [video=youtube;OLnzCvWsuUQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLnzCvWsuUQ[/video]
     
  3. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    Kinda long i'm gonna watch it when i get home from work tomorrow!
     
  4. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    His vids are definitely worth it
     
  5. Elliehanna

    Elliehanna GRCH Dog

    I think if you go through proper safety for EVERYONE so the snakes could not get out (like how zoos do it or milking fasilities) and have the proper training (not talking about a weekend away, but mentoring and such) why not, if you actually know the danger.

    I keep thinking of the guy in I think its TX, he is a red head, has a beard I believe, skinny as a rail, he is kinda crazy but he has been bitten so many times they have used his blood to treat rattlesnake bites in a few children...anyhow he knows the dangers, he has anti venom at his milking fasility, always has another person with him any time a snake is out to be milked...stuff like that, makes it completely fine with me.

    I actually like watching fatal attractions lol, because I like the story behind the person and to get the reasoning why the family believes they wanted this pet. I think when they show a bad facility (a tiger that is not properly contained, a snake without a lock or anything on the tank) they should go into detail about what is proper containment of said animal.

    I like the I think its on national geographic better, it is a show that tries to get people to put animals in rescues for the animal's best interest (like monkeys, bears, tigers) one episode had a lady that had 15 tigers, she was liek 75 and couldn't run the facility anymore, they found a place for her tigers AND her to go and live the rest of their lives, at the rescue, because it was the best for both her and the cats...
     
  6. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    AH! i know that show too! but i also donot rember the name of it! i remmber that episode with the tiger lady-it was insane! the poor things were in filthy pens and cages it was bad and she kept breeding em!

    or i seen an episode with a lady and her crocidiles-her son grew up with one, and one day it bit her son and she thought it was funny her son was like 10 or somthing?
     
  7. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    Loved the video so many beautiful snakes!!
     
  8. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    All his videos are definitely worth checking out. He's a good guy to talk to and doesn't pull punches. He is honest about the reality of keeping hots
     
  9. DoomsDayPits

    DoomsDayPits Little Dog

    My husband use to have rattle snakes. But since the kids are so small I prefer there be no hot snakes in the house until they are old enough to understand. I think as long as you have the right education and set up have whatever snakes you want just make sure its safe for the snake and the keeper.
     
  10. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    In somebody elses house, great do what you want. Not in my house though.
     
  11. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    There are NO venomous species for herp "newbies." Period. Even the most experienced keepers have close calls. And to those who say that you can't interact with herps, or specifically hots... Says who? I've always interacted with my snakes, venomous (side note: they're not "poisonous," poison is something you ingest through the skin/mucous membranes - sorry, massive pet peeve) or otherwise.

    Absolutely agree with DWC, watch ViperKeeper's videos. The man can sound like an antisocial chode at times but it's because he's very passionate about his animals and has a very low threshold for bullshit. *coughiusethesameexcusecough* :yeehaw:
     

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