Having a pet snake is about trust.
Trust that they won’t choke you when you let them wrap themselves around your neck.
Trust that they won’t bite you.
Trust that they won’t attack your other pets indiscriminately.
It’s also about love.
You have to love them and be patient and give them attention, but also know when to leave them alone. They need freedom and warmth. They need to feel safe.
I trust my snake. I send him positive vibes so that he know that I love him and do not mean him harm. In return he makes me laugh, gives me neck massages (lol), doesn’t bite or choke me, and gives me hope.
I love my ball python so much. Having him back this week has made me happier than I’ve been in a long time.
No, having a pet snake is about having awareness and mindfulness.
The mindfulness to not put them around your neck and the awareness that a startled animal can react in ways you don’t expect, up to and including contracting their bodies to hang on.
The awareness that a defensive or startled or hungry animal can and will bite, and the mindfulness to not put yourself in that position.
The awareness that they are not domesticated, nor sapient, and thus, as the sapient member of the household, it’s up to you to keep them safe by keeping them away from other pets - and the mindfulness to know where they are and where other animals are when they’re being handled to prevent interaction that could be harmful.
Snakes lack the capacity for love. I adore my snakes, I’ve wept over sick or injured animals before, I’ve lost sleep over them, but they literally lack the neural structures necessary for so-called “higher” emotions. They are not social.
The best way to love and respect any animal is to be aware of what it needs and how you and your interaction will affect it at any given time, and by always putting the animal’s needs and well-being ahead of what the human wants and needs (it is a captive; the keeper is a free being; don’t punch down).
This is far more difficult and painful for humans to accomplish than anthropomorphism, by the way.
P.S. I don’t mean to be harsh, and I apologize if this is. The reason I made this post is because I feel very strongly about the appropriate mindset towards captive wild animals to minimize stress on both the keeper and kept’s side. I don’t care if people baby-talk their snakes (I do); I don’t care if they love them or put hats on them or decorate their cage exteriors with hearts and rainbows; I do care about inappropriate handling being suggested as safe because of a non-existent social bond. Ball pythons are a docile and, typically, non-defensive snake that prefers hiding or escape to defensive displays - this is why we can usually handle them with impunity, but we still need to remember that they aren’t stuffed animals.
Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 902, the Illinois Herptiles-Herps Act, into law. Effective January 1, 2015, Illinois will have an historic law in effect and will be the only state in the US with a code section devoted exclusively to reptiles and amphibians.
SB 902 will lift the current ban on keeping of large constrictors and improves existing law with respect to the keeping of venomous snakes. Most importantly, it removes reptiles completely from the Illinois Dangerous Animals Act.
Special thanks to Scott Ballard, Natural Heritage Biologist/Herpetologist, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, who drafted and edited this bill over many years and who sought and considered extensive feedback from the reptile community in Illinois.
YES!!! Congrats to Illinois!
I hope other states will do something similar….Glad to hear some good news for our hobby for once!
I uncovered some baby pictures of Figment! The first is from the first time I held her, when I decided she was the one I would take home. The next one is the first picture I took when I got her home. The third is about a week later when I picked her up again. I can’t believe she grew into the gorgeous boa she is today. The last picture is her at three years old, just a couple weeks ago. They change so much!
It is your responsibility as a pet owner, regardless of the pet, to give that animal AS SAFE OF AN ENVIRONMENT as possible. You don’t let your dog outside without a leash or fence and go “oh, if we find out he keeps going into the road, then we’ll address the problem.” No, you keep your dog in your goddamn yard before it goes into the road. Sure, there’s not a 100% guarantee that the dog is going to be hit. But there is a chance. Why would you take the risk of your herp suffering a painful death but not your dog?
Once again. Do not send anon hate, accuse anyone of abusing their pets, or anything else at the sight of bad hubandry.
You are WELCOME to REBLOG and post your two cents politely, but attacking others only leads to people turning away, and keeping on with their bad husbandry.
Don’t do it.
It’s really sad that this even has to be posted. I had to post something similar once because a hoard of people harassed a poor girl to the point of deleting.
Don’t do it, guys. If the only thing you have to say is “you’re a bad person” or anything similar, or if you’re just going to repeat what a reptile blog said and not add in any helpful insight, don’t comment at all.
Q:Why do you dislike aquarium enclosures?
Straight-up aquarium conversions? A few reasons.
- No security. The enclosure is glass on four sides. Snakes are sneaky reptiles who like cover to feel safe and secure. Math: done. PVC enclosures are transparent only on one side. Plastic tubs are translucent and, when racked, are only “open” on one side (the other three sides are blocked by the rack material, usually).
- Bad microclimate. Because the top is, essentially, “open” (covered with screen or whatnot), it becomes harder to maintain even humidity and heat. If it’s blocked off with a hood, fine, but you’re spending extra money to do what a PVC enclosure would do anyway. Ditto for putting plexi on it.
- Difficult to handle. I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a rough time lifting a 20 gallon tank solo (remember, I am older than most of you and probably weaker), and really, that’s too small an enclosure for most adult pet snakes. PVC enclosures are lighter and side-opening, so you can get in there to scrub. Tubs, of course, are quite light and easy to move around.
- Wrong dimensions. Many aquariums are built high and narrow. Snakes require low and long. They do, of course, make “breeder” aquariums to that ratio.
- Aesthetics. Petty and personal, but I don’t really like the way they look.
I’m not fond of the Exo Terra/Atasuki enclosures but they do offer a few advantages over a regular aquarium - they’re built low and long, they can be combined with hoods, and they have front-opening doors to let you clean the enclosure and access the animal more easily.
Given my druthers, I’d purchase the easy-to-clean-lift-heat-light-and-maintain PVC every time. Younger backs may not mind the glass, but I do.
50 SHADES OF PRIVACY INVASION (plz do et!)
- 1. What is your best friends name?
- 2. What color underwear/boxers wearing now?
- 3. What are you listening to right now?
- 4. Whats your favorite number?
- 5. What was the last thing you ate?
- 6. If you were a crayon what color would you be?
- 7. How is the weather right now?
- 8. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
- 9. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
- 10. Do you have a significant other?
- 11. Favorite TV show?
- 12. Siblings?
- 13. Height?
- 14. Hair color?
- 15. Eye Color?
- 16. Do you wear contacts?
- 17. Favorite Holiday?
- 18. Month?
- 19. Have you ever cried for no reason?
- 20. What was the last movie you watched?
- 21. Favorite Day of the Year?
- 22. Are you too shy to ask someone out?
- 23. Can you do a headstand (not using the wall)?
- 24. Hugs or Kisses?
- 25. Chocolate or Vanilla?
- 26. Do you want your friends to respond to this?
- 27. Who is most likely to respond to a text from you?
- 28. Who is least likely to respond to a text from you?
- 29. What books are you reading?
- 30. Piercings?
- 31. Favorite movies?
- 32. Favorite football Team?
- 33. What are you doing right now?
- 34. Butter, Plain or Salted popcorn?
- 37. Dogs or cats?
- 38. Favorite flower?
- 39. Been caught doing something you weren't supposed to do?
- 40. Do you have a best friend of the opposite sex?
- 41. Have you ever loved someone?
- 42. Who would you like to see right now?
- 43. Are you still friends with people from kindergarten?
- 44. Have you ever fired a gun?
- 45. Do you like to travel by plane?
- 46. Right-handed or Left-handed?
- 47. How many pillows do you sleep with?
- 48. Are you missing someone?
- 49. Do you have a tattoo?
- 50. Anybody on Tumblr that you'd go on a date with?