Snakes As Pets

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So are snakes wise to have as a pet?



I think they can be very dangerous around small children.

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and contrary to popular belief reptiles are very warm :) they have to be or they can't move :D

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That's the key though, isn't it? Responsible pet ownership especially when kids are involved. Not leaving kids and pets together unattended.

Becky - posted on 03/20/2012

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I always wanted a ball python. A few of the kids at my boarding school had them and they were very cool. However, I have a major phobia of mice, which is generally what they eat, so no snakes for me. Plus, dh hates them.

I would think they'd be okay for kids if you were responsible. I certainly wouldn't leave my newborn on the bed next to even a small python, but I wouldn't leave him alone with a dog either - there was a newborn just north of here killed by the family's pet husky just a couple weeks ago. So sad.

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Corn snakes aren't dangerous. They're very pretty and neat to look at. however i'm with the others, if it's not cuddly, it's not for me.

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A friend of mine has a pet snake. She is a vet and a reptile-lover. Her snake is kept in a special cabinet (it doesn't roam the house and rarely comes out of it's habitat) and her small children are not in any danger from it. I wouldn't have one, but then I keep horses and not everyone I know would do that. Each to their own, as long as the pet is being kept in an appropriate environment and not being abused/neglected, where's the harm?

Janice - posted on 03/20/2012

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In general I'm okay with snakes. I have held a few small constrictors and it is such a cool feeling. However a few years back a large pet snake got out of its enclosure and strangled a toddle in their crib. I think it was in Florida. That story just upsets me sooo much that I could never own a large snake and most get large if you keep them long enough. Of course my hubby hates them so we wouldn't ever get one even if I didnt learn of that story.

Firebird - posted on 03/20/2012

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Ooooh I would love to have an albino python, have since I was a teenager. But I don't think I could afford to properly care for one right now. And I've got 2 pets already, a cat and a small dog, so I would be concerned for their safety.

Elfrieda - posted on 03/20/2012

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I have absolutely no desire for a pet snake, but if my son wants one when he's older I don't have a problem with it if he's going to do all the pet care. I'm not *scared* of snakes, I did my share of gartersnake-catching as a kid, and they're kind of cool, but not cool enough to want to see every day and take care of.



So... wise? I don't think it really matters. I mean, keeping a poisonous snake in the house is probably one of the stupider things you could do, but a "regular" snake? I don't think it's different from any other pet. Except it's not cuddly. And how would you even know what's going on in its head? I mean, a cat or a dog or any mammal, you've got some idea of what's going on in there, but I find birds and reptiles and fish kind of... too alien.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/20/2012

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I agree Jaime. The teacher was a great big meanie. Funny thing is I remember nothing about kindergarten but I definitely remember that very day and standing in the lineup with the snake coming my way. I probably shit my pants, I can remember how scared I was. I don't know what they were thinking. If it were to happen to my kid, yeah, there would be some not so nice words being said from my side.. ;)

Kate CP - posted on 03/20/2012

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Unless you have an enormous snake and an extremely small child the chances of a snake actually hurting a kid are pretty slim. And venomous snakes aren't legal to own in most places anyway, so that's not an issue to worry about.



Snakes as pets are fine for older kids. I say older kids because they're less likely to hurt the animal. Young children are safe around snakes, but snakes aren't safe around young kids.

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good god, why on earth would they MAKE you touch a snake??? i like them and i would never make someone touch one if they didn't want to! that's an accident and lawsuit waiting to happen! snakes and other reptiles are just as cognitive of our emotions as cats and dogs are and the same problems can arise from having negative energies while around them. if anything, snakes are more prone to sense fear as that is part of their prey drive. for someone terrified to be anywhere near a snake or any animal, that just screams bad idea to me.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/20/2012

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Oh I LOVE iguanas... I do not know why I don't like snakes other than when I was in Kindergarten my class went on a trip to the pet store. They had a huge ass snake there and MADE every single one of us touch and pet it. I was terrified. Ever since, I have disliked them...

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if i didn't have kids i would consider having a snake just for the hell of it and to mess with any family members who didn't like snakes. which would be my in-laws, who don't like any animals at all. crazy people think that everything has latent rabies regardless of how up-to-date their shots are. sigh...actually it's just hubby's grandma but still...



my mother had a ball python when my brother was very little. the snake's name was Twiggy and he was a sweetheart. he hated her ex-husband though, i think, and tried to strangle him a few times, bwuahahahah....good snake....



but Twiggy never hurt my mom or my brother or me. Twiggy was pretty cool.



my mom also had friends who had huge iguanas. i would have loved to have grown up with that in the house! but i'm weird and have a thing for reptiles. i don't think i'd want them around my daughter, though. they aren't as cuddly as our dog and cat.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/20/2012

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YUCK! I don't like snakes....

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Mary Neidich: " I want something soft,warm, and furry that I can snuggle"



Yeah me too. Snakes can't really be considered a good pet for kids. No snuggling a snake.



Choking on a goldfish?

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I think snakes are fine as pets as long as their owner is educated and a good pet owner (like any pet). I (and my small children) would have less to fear from a well kept, well fed pet snake than from any of the wild snakes that inhabit and share our environment.



Like, oh say, the resident 2.5 metre python in our roof cavity (she's actually fine, she keeps to herself, keeps our house rodent free and is more of a threat to our small dog than our kids I think) or the 2 metre night tiger (brown tree snake) that lays a clutch of eggs every year in the crawl space under the floor (she's a bit more nasty, while not exactly dangerous she and her babies are aggressive and are venomous). I would hate for one of my kids to have a negative experience with these snakes but the reality of where we live (Australia) is that snakes are our close neighbours and I try to use the opportunity presented by domestically kept snakes (pets and reptile houses etc) to teach my boys how to be smart around snakes and minimise the risk.

Mary - posted on 03/20/2012

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I suppose any pet could somehow pose a danger to small children if the child and pet are left unsupervised. Theoretically, even a goldfish could be a choking hazard for the toddler that removed it from the bowl ;)



As someone whose primary purpose in having pets is to love them and be the recipient of their (comparatively) uncomplicated love and affection, the appeal of snakes as a pet is lost on me. I want something soft,warm, and furry that I can snuggle. A snake just seems like one more thing to take care of and clean up after, without any rewards in return.

Stifler's - posted on 03/19/2012

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If they live in an enclosure I think they are fine. Dogs and cats can be just as dangerous.

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