I like non poisonous snakes. I used to raise iguanas and do love reptiles. I am on the list here in my town for reptile rescue. Some people have a hard time believing that reptiles have personalities. My most favorite loving pet I ever had was an Iguana. He was the best.
My friend's son bought a Python and did not know how to care for it which is more common than not. Came to me because it had not eaten. Well, no heat, no water and no live food for the poor thing. It was soooo stressed out.
Really a beautiful snake, he is doing better now. Snakes are no different than any other pet you have to know how to take care of them.
When I lived in California we only had one poisonous snake, here in Arkansas we have lot's of different ones. You do not swim here at night in creeks, lakes or rivers. You may get bit by a cotton mouth. I do not swim in water that you cannot see in. We have Pygmy and Timber Rattlers here. You have to be careful at night in the woods.
I have dogs, cats, birds, fish, and used to have snakes, iguanas, goats and horses. I also had a donkey.
There is a lot about dogs...I guess they are the most popular pet. But this forum is for lovers of all pets and animals. =)
I LOVE SNAKES!!!! Of all types! Not a chance of having a pet one with my mom...have to wait till I grow up and have a house of my own, lol. I specially love coral snakes (poisionous), milk snakes, and corn snakes.
Snake lover here too. I have had an assortment of varieties as pets throughout the years. My favorite was a Grey-Banded Kingsnake. I've also owned a good ole' Corn Snake, a wildcaught Central Plains Milksnake and a California Kingsnake.
I would have owned some of the larger non-native constrictors( not too big though) and some of the more exotic phases of our native beauties..but time has been scarce. However, someday I know I will have more time to devote to the fascinating study of Herpetology again.
I've caught and released all types of snakes, poisonous ones included. I respect snakes and their role in pest control. IMO most people that are terrified of snakes...and there are many...just do not understand them. Lack of understanding seems to be the root cause of most fears often times. That being said snakes have always ellicited a primal fear in humans throughout history. Don't get me started on spiders....they SCARE the DAYLIGHTS out of me....maybe I just do not understand them..LOL. cheers, e
How many vets will advertise that they specialized or extremely knowledgable regarding the scaly ones?? Very few, but I know of a couple ones in CA that are good, if not great. If they do not have answer for your question they say so. There are I'm sure tons of Vet's that are awesome with snakes...but the answers, hands on experience and the cutting edge so to speak has always been with collectors, hobbyists, breeders, researchers, and regular people like us. In the wild Corn Snakes are hardy, omnivorous and well camoed!!!. I was fortunate my Corn Snake was a great and vicious eater....sorry will not go into detail.
Most problems regarding the "exotics" in my opinion come down to husbandry and environmental problems and difficulties as oppossed to a genuine medical emergency. SNAKEBITE thanks made me think about my mouse squishers again!!! A Corn is a great snake...as are Kings, Milks and their morphs or phases!!!!
IMO..if I had to pick a starter snake for my little boy I would choose either a Milksnake(so many colors/morphs). or a Kingsnake..same story. I love Cornsnakes..just have a lot of bites to prove it and they strike quicker than most any other domestic nonpoisonous snake. But they are harmless!!!! My 11 week old puppy bit me worse than a 36" Corn snake.
Corn Snakes are extremely easy to care for! My husband has 7, and 3 california kings, and 2 ball pythons. He is breeding them. I used to hate snakes until I started holding his. my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. :)
I like, actually respect and like snakes is more like it. I will not try to change your mind. Lots of things I dislike...some due to fear, some due to the fear of the unknown. Snakes scare the heebeegeebees out of lots of folks. I'm scared to death of spiders.