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Snakes As Pets

Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:39 am

Walking into my apartment just now, I saw two of these:


Common Garter Snake

I picked one up, and it was cute  Silly Is it possible to keep these and make them stay alive?
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:42 am

Cool. Or one could be a lucky person and find a deadly poisonous one come crawling into one's bed late at night. Although some people have elected to have a deadly cobra as a pet.
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:45 am

Quoting SkyTeam777 (Reply 1):
Cool. Or one could be a lucky person and find a deadly poisonous one come crawling into one's bed late at night. Although some people have elected to have a deadly cobra as a pet.

Luckily, we only have two venomous snakes in Minnesota, both of which are very rare
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:49 am

Hmm, well, seeing as I keep gerbils as pets I'm sure a snake wouldn't be their best friend to be honest.. Haha.
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:52 am

feed him dfrosted mice dipped in chichen soup. You don't want to feed him live food be cause sometimes the food dosenent quiet die and eats it way out of the snake.
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:54 am

Every outdoor summer festival has Boa Constrictor Guy.



Boa Constrictor Guy has no personality, so the only way he can attract attention is to walk around at public gatherings with his pet snake draped over his (usually shirtless, hairy) torso and warming itself within the depths of its owner's luxuriant mullet.

If you get a snake, don't be Boa Constrictor Guy.
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:36 pm

My friend used to have a green snake. It would be awesome to have a pet snake (unless its venomous or deadly).
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Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:35 pm

Snakes are not pets. You might keep one for years, carry it with you wherever you go and become very attached to it, but their reptilian brain does not lend itself to becoming attached to you. Put simply, if it were big enough it would eat you. (rather like a cat would) In the early 1980s my neighbors had a python here in Reno. It killed a child.

The garter snake is going to be happier with crickets and the like than with mice or cattle to eat. I have seen one eat a small frog, though. I don't know if this is a different subspecies but you might not like handling garter snakes. The ones I'm familiar with have a musk that would gag a maggot and it will not wash off your hands - it has to wear off.

I've carried a boa constrictor around for a couple days. Picked it up beside the road in Panama and returned it when I thought it might be hungry. They are relatively docile and placid critters but I wouldn't tempt it to bite me. Seems like that is a wound that would be sure to infect.

I am curious.

Quoting KaiGywer (Thread starter):
Walking into my apartment just now, I saw two of these:

Did you mean that they were in your apartment or on the way to it?
BTW if you catch two together you are likely to have fifty or so in a couple of weeks. Need I say more?
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:03 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):
Did you mean that they were in your apartment or on the way to it?

They were outside the building in the grass. One disappeared in between the flower bed and the building, I caught the other  Smile

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):
BTW if you catch two together you are likely to have fifty or so in a couple of weeks. Need I say more?

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Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:12 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):
Snakes are not pets. You might keep one for years, carry it with you wherever you go and become very attached to it, but their reptilian brain does not lend itself to becoming attached to you. Put simply, if it were big enough it would eat you. (rather like a cat would)

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It makes no sense at all for people to keep a snake or any reptile as a pet. The whole point of owning one is purely for shock value. A snake owners greatest satisfaction is other people's reaction. Once these snakes get too big, many irresponsibly dump them in an environment in which it is not from. This has become a big problem in Florida where Burmese Pythons are wrecking havoc on the wildlife and even killing alligators!  Wow!
It is an introduced species and I consider these people eco-terrorist.
Any snake owner that says otherwise is lying or being dishonest. I am not including professional snake handlers that do this as a profession.
You can't play freebie or catch with a snake. You can't go jogging with a snake and a snake can't get the morning papers for you either. A dog can.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):
In the early 1980s my neighbors had a python here in Reno. It killed a child.

That is just horrible!
I hope the owners served time for it.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):
BTW if you catch two together you are likely to have fifty or so in a couple of weeks. Need I say more?

That wouldn't look too impressive in your apartment.  no 
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:12 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):
I've carried a boa constrictor around for a couple days. Picked it up beside the road in Panama and returned it when I thought it might be hungry. They are relatively docile and placid critters but I wouldn't tempt it to bite me. Seems like that is a wound that would be sure to infect.

I am curious.

Actually Boas can be quite agressive. Their bite is not poisonous, but since they have backward curved teeth like pythons, the wound can be pretty nasty and can get infected, as you mentioned.

Quoting SkyTeam777 (Reply 1):
some people have elected to have a deadly cobra as a pet.

Check this out http://www.venomousreptiles.org/
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:07 am

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 5):
Boa Constrictor Guy has no personality, so the only way he can attract attention is to walk around at public gatherings with his pet snake draped over his (usually shirtless, hairy) torso and warming itself within the depths of its owner's luxuriant mullet.

If you get a snake, don't be Boa Constrictor Guy.

That sounds like a perfect Budweiser "Real American Hero's" new commercial in the making.


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RE: Snakes As Pets

Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:19 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):
Snakes are not pets.

I agree. They only belong in their natural habitats or a zoo where they can pretend to be in their "natural habitats" and be taken care of. I am really looking forward to visiting the Bronx Zoo's nice collection of King & Egyptian Cobras before summer's end in the reptile exhibit.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):
It killed a child.

Call the animal rights and child protection agencies::
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Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):
I've carried a boa constrictor around for a couple days.

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Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:16 am

I know someone who once had a pet snake,
It was a Python...
...he called it Monty
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:41 am

...Let him be free!
They are fun to catch though!
They always put up such a fight!
 
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:45 am

Quoting Mdodd (Reply 14):

I catch snakes every time I go to my families cabin. Usually snakes bite my finger but it never hurts.  laughing 
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:50 am

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 4):
feed him dfrosted mice dipped in chichen soup. You don't want to feed him live food be cause sometimes the food dosenent quiet die and eats it way out of the snake.

Sorry, dude, that's gross!!!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
It makes no sense at all for people to keep a snake or any reptile as a pet. The whole point of owning one is purely for shock value. A snake owners greatest satisfaction is other people's reaction. Once these snakes get too big, many irresponsibly dump them in an environment in which it is not from. This has become a big problem in Florida where Burmese Pythons are wrecking havoc on the wildlife and even killing alligators!
It is an introduced species and I consider these people eco-terrorist.
Any snake owner that says otherwise is lying or being dishonest. I am not including professional snake handlers that do this as a profession.
You can't play freebie or catch with a snake. You can't go jogging with a snake and a snake can't get the morning papers for you either. A dog can.

I agree with you wholeheartedly....but must also add that snakes aren't cuddly and probably won't jump up on your lap in the cold weather...like a cat would.
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:24 am

I have a two-foot long corn snake as a pet. Quite amazing creature. He "dances" (he pitches his nose up towards the top of the cage) whenever I play music, he's very docile and is very open towards other people.

Kai, I do not reccomend keeping a wild snake as a pet. It has become adapted to it's "wild" natural surroundings and any change in that may cause it to become stressed or possibly hostile towards yourself.

If you want a snake as a pet, then may I suggest you go to a breeder and purchase a baby snake. If you want any advice on how to feed snakes or how to take care of them, please message me privately and I will help you in any way shape or form.

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Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):

SlamClick, Larry, are you guys talking about wild or domestic snakes? If you're talking about wild snakes, I agree with you, but domestic snakes, in my opinion, are quite easy to take care of, especially if he or she has become fond of you.

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RE: Snakes As Pets

Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:41 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):
You might keep one for years, carry it with you wherever you go and become very attached to it, but their reptilian brain does not lend itself to becoming attached to you.

Actually some of the bigger reptiles (due to increased brain size) are definitely recognising their owner and respond to him. When I was a kid, we had a Brazilian Forest Tortoise, which we raised from the sizeof a human palm to fully grown up (about a foot long). This animal definitely recognised my mother (who was the main person to feed and take care of it, though it was very much a family pet. During summer it lived in the garden and in winter in our sitting room, since it was by this time too big for the terrarium. We kept it until it died (of a late diagnosed pneumonia, very few vets have knowldge about reptiles, when we found one who did, it was too late), for about 15 years.). Whenever my mother whistled softly, it would look into her direction and walk to her. The tortoise also interacted with our family cat (mainly stealing the cat food out off it's bowl). It also liked to have it's throat caressed and would stick it's head out to have us do it.

I have heard similar stories about Green Iguanas, which also become very tame, and in Berlin zoo some decades ago, they had a tame Komodo dragon, which did rounds with the warden, just like a dog.

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RE: Snakes As Pets

Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:03 am

Like any wild animal, the garter snake will be much happier if you release it in its natural environment.
 
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RE: Snakes As Pets

Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:00 am

KaiGywer:
Ask your landlord first.
Years ago, a friend of my sister thought it would be 'cute' to own a Boa Constrictor. Never mind the fact that she was living in a large apartment complex in which pets were NOT allowed. Here little 1 bedroom apartment was just not big enough for the Boa. It grew to 5 feet before it decided to take a tour through the walls and vents of the apartment complex for over a week. Everyone in the apartment was scarred to death because of it. She then had to tell her neighbors to keep an eye out for a 5 foot long Boa Constrictor that may show up in their unit. She instantly made her neighbors her enemies and she was evicted from her place. The Boa showed up in someone else's apartment. A very elderly man who luckily didn't have a heart attack. Now she has an eviction on her credit report because of her stupidity in wanting a snake.
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