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Why the heck would you have a pet snake (or lizard, crocodile, monitor, frog, turtle etc)? - pets

 

This is a ask that has been asked of me and a thousand (million?) other herp keepers. I think it's about a case of once bitten, twice as determined. But seriously, it is a touch I have pondered but not exceedingly found an passable fulfil for. They are not cute and cuddly. They bite (when young), they feel cold (not really) and they have funny eyes. And scales.

As a hardly tacker I was continually into animals - frogs, lizards, tadpoles, butterflies, beetles, spiders - you name it, I went looking for it.

I don't think I ever got over it. It's hard to clarify to ancestors who do not have a attraction with animals, what the attraction is. It's just there. I think most citizens in fact have it but for a brand of reasons they do not act upon it or dispense with it.

Snakes are above all intriguing. The way they move, the way the eat, the way their metabolism is so brilliantly accustomed to the detail ecosystem they inhabit, their ancestry, the change of venoms so forceful that that can kill in minutes, all of these effects appeal me and make me want to know more about them.

There is some part of you that has to overcome a artless fear in the first demand to want to own and keep a reptile. For some reason, I'm not sure if it's instinct, we fear snakes and many reptiles. Witness a small child when you show them a snake. They at once recoil. It's only when you show them that they have nobody to fear that they can then 'pet' the snake and overcome their own fears (well, as long as it's not venomous).

Where I live, every snake is venomous. There is no such thing as a snake that is not dangerous. Copperheads, red-bellied black snakes, mainland tiger snakes and eastern brown snakes all inhabit my local area, so it's understandable that colonize fear them. We have no pythons or non-venomous snakes in my area. Just the other day one of the painters doing my house remarked to me that he near leapt out of his skin when he saw what looked to be a snake in the grass near where he was painting. It turns out it was a blue tongued lizard, but nonetheless, his fear was well grounded. Active in the area makes you wary of snakes.

I think this is to some extent unfortunate. Snakes are more scared of you. How big you must arrive on the scene to a snake. Eminence still when you see one will avert an attack. They only assail when threatened. Bit by bit back up off is also a good thing to do.

So why keep them? I think it is a duality of fear and fascination. And the anxiety is that once you have one, you want two, and then three etc. If you have them, you know the feeling.

Another appearance is the concrete act of supervision to keep an brute that is not as expected appropriate or as a rule kept as a pet in an fake environment. Knowledge about its needs, how to assert optimal health, how to breed it, how to 'tame' it and how to enjoy it for what it is. These are challenges that herp maintenance offers that few other pets do.

Mark Chapple is the Biographer of "How to build enclosures for reptiles" Find out how to build snake and other reptile cages as well as arboreal cages. Full color pictures, full diagrams and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.

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