How do you feel about reptiles? Do you know anyone who has one?

I don't like them at all! - Reptiles as pets
United States
October 11, 2007 7:01am CST
I'm an animal lover but if there was ever anything I totally hated it's reptiles of all kinds. I can't see why anyone would want to have one as a pet. I always thought pets were something that we can enjoy and give us love and enjoyment. You can't even train a reptile or talk to them and have them listen. Not to mention they are slimy things and I would never hold one. They eat gross things that I definately could never feed them...I just feel like yuck when I see someone with one as a pet. What do you think about reptiles? Can you see them as pets that can be enjoyed? How can they offer the owner the enjoyment that "normal" pets give us? Have you ever known anyone who owned one?
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
11 Oct 07
You hate turtles? What did they ever do to you? I can understand hating alligators and stuff but I don't know. Turtles don't do much to cause hate on them. I don't like most creatures that live in the water and only water. I also don't like things that could eat me in one bite or kill me in one bite...reptile style. I petted a crocodile once. His name was Reggie, which is the same name as my cat, and I was in Australia, so it was kinda one of those once in a lifetime things. so I did it. felt weird. Wouldn't want them as a pet. But I still don't think there's a single kind of animal that I can hate every one of.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
11 Oct 07
I have a freind that has some type of African Turtle. he walks it around his neighborhood just like a dog. If it veers off course he uses his foot to guide him in the right direction. He is cool looking. Slow as hell but cool. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Turtles don't do many bad things.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Turtles? - a turtle
No, I don't hate turtles. Actually I didn't even think about them when I was writing this. I just don't see how they can be kept as pets. How can anyone love something like that?
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• United States
13 Oct 07
Star and Piston - This is my australian shepard star and our bearded dragon piston. They get along very well.
I Have one and I love Him!! He is a 1 1/2 year old Bearded Dragon named Piston. He is about 28 inches maybe longer. He is very tame, never bit anyone, and never shows aggretion. He is super easy to feed, you drop in the insects and he eats them. Or you put fresh vaggies in his bowl. Change his water everyother day and bedding once a week or less. Honestly there not as creepy as you think. There not slimy either, kinda dry and rough feeling. And you can talk to your lizard. I talk to mine and he perks his head up at me. They are really fun to have. My kids 5 and 3 play with him all the time. They put him on there semi trucks and drive him ariound the house. We fill up the bathtub for him and let him swim. In the summer we take him outside so he can eat grass and get some sun. We even let him run around the house. The kids love to watch him eat bugs! I even trained him to drink from a water bottle. I drop drops of water on his snout and he opens up and drinks it. If you treat it right he will be nice to you. Yes there are lizards that are mean and wouldnt make a good pet. You have to choose the right one. My husband didnt like them either. Then I got one and now he loves them. He has overcome his fear of holding them and that they might bite him.. If I had the cash I would have atleast 2 more Bearded Dragons. They are wonderfull lizards if you treat them right.
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
11 Oct 07
The dinosaurs from Hateg Country - just another ty - I consider reptiles to be beautiful creatures, very well adapted to their environment, which kept them around for tens of million of years. I also got to work with dinosaur, crocodile, turtle and lizard fossil remnants, and I find them fascinating.
I don't want to be mean or anything, but I think the perspective you look at reptiles from is totally wrong. You keep on talking on how they are as pets. Why do you think of all animals like a possible pet? Wild animals are not meant to be pets. That's why they're called wild. The idea of a pet itself it's deeply selfish. Pets are "something that we can enjoy and give us love and enjoyment" as you say. But aren't they creatures that should live their live freely out there in the wild?I consider reptiles to be beautiful creatures, very well adapted to their environment, which kept them around for tens of million of years. I also got to work with dinosaur, crocodile, turtle and lizard fossil remnants, and I find them fascinating. I'm sorry if you don't agree with what I said above, but it's just my honest opinion.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
I regards to reptiles that is exactly what I mean. Why would anyone want to keep one as a pet? I may not explain my thoughts well and probably should have said it but I think reptiles do belong in their natural habitat. As for the idea of a "pet itself" what would you have done with all of the dogs,cats, love birds, cockatiels and others in the world?
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
15 Oct 07
You speak of cats, dogs and the birds mentioned as if they could never have existed if they weren't pets. If I'm not mistaking all kinds of parrot are wild animals. As of cats and dogs, it's true that they can't be wild ever again. They were domesticated. A domestic animal is similar to a pet because they both are practically exploited by humans. Domestic animals are used in labor and for food, hides, etc, while pets are needed for sentimental comfort. Pets and domestic animals are just another example of the bad influence humans have on environment.
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@thefortunes (2368)
• Netherlands
11 Oct 07
Well, beauty id in the eye of the beholder, and the same goes for reptiles. I wonder if you have seen any from close by? Their skin is simply amazing, the colors could be so beautiful and the patterns on it. Some splendid shots could be taken from replitles such as lizards and snakes. I have had a pyton in my hands and around my shoulders and found it afascinating really when the snake stared in my eyes for a few minutes. Some people that I know keep snakes such as pytons as pets, and they love them, and care for them just like I do for my cats. Different people - different tastes. TheFortunes
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• United States
15 Oct 07
You hit it on the head exactly. Different strokes.... Yes, I have come up close and personal to a couple of these guys and two years ago I had a friend who had two very LARGE snakes. He loved them and took great care of them and I thought that was great....but not for me.
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• China
11 Oct 07
maybe you don't like them. but you would understand person who have reptiles. they are lovely when they are tender. when they are big enough, there is emotion between us. though it is ferocious you would think it listen to your order and don't hurt you. sometimes . we look them not a pet but a member of the family. you like dogs that is loyalty as i like reptiles that are sharp.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
This has a lot to do with our culture and personal preference. Since I've only come into contact with exactly one lizard as someone's pet I can't say how they respond to their owner
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
11 Oct 07
My daughter would love to have an iguana. She loves all animals and would have a whole zoo if i would let her. I don't care too much for having a reptile either. But when I was young I used to collect little gardener snakes and keep them for a little bit as a pet. Now that I am in the sticks the snakes are way bigger and I wouldn't want to touch any of them. I am a little scared of them.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Snakes? ewwww! - garter snakes
I think a lot of kids like things like iguanas and lizards. Maybe because they are easy to care for? As for snakes...no thanks!
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I used to have an iguana - of course, I called him Igor. Reptiles are not like furry pets. They think, act, and react entirely differently. Furry animals are easier to anthopomorphize; but, reptiles are clearly differetn from us. That is the fascination. They are friendly if handled properly from the time they are very young. Igor, enjoyed getting his head and neck scratched and would not hurt me unless he was shedding (when they shed even the "skin" over the eye peels off and it does affect their eyesight and make them grumpy. Reptiles are much better pets than fish; but, look how many people have fish! All you can do is stare at a fish! I used to play with my iguana, pet hom, and carry him around with me. Much more satisfying and no fur or dander to clean up or make people sneeze.
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@infoguy (210)
• India
12 Oct 07
I hate reptiles and cant imagine one as a pet...NO WAY...
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
12 Oct 07
I have always had a fear of reptiles, ctry, and I would never consider owning one for a pet. When my nephew was younger he kept frogs, a snake, and other creepy things. He used to get a kick out of watching me run whenever he brought out the snake, lol. I grew up in the country where snakes were plentiful, and I even slept on one for an entire winter. Somehow it had crawled between my regular mattress and my feather bed when I was in high school. It was discovered when my aunt and some ladies who were helping her do spring cleaning took the feather mattress off to air the bed in the spring. I was shocked when I found out about it and received a lot of teasing.
• United States
18 Oct 07
Hi ctry, I don't particularly care for reptiles. I have an very bad fear of snakes. It started when I was young and got startled by a snake. I have tried to get close to one to pet it, but couldn't do it. Two of my grandchildren have bearded dragons. They really enjoy taking care of them. They have had them for five years now and they are doing a good job. Happy posting..
• United States
12 Oct 07
I feel the same way. But then again U feel that way about most pets too. I would rather sponsor a pet so it could live in his natural habitat than have it in my home and have to feed it .
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@youless (94301)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Oct 07
I am very scared of the reptiles. I think they are horrible creatures. It is impossible for me to have it as a pet. I don't like it at all. I don't know anyone who has it at home, too.
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• Australia
12 Oct 07
I don't hate them but I can understand why some people would want to own them, I guess they offer a different type of thing for someone who is busy and always on the go. I can not leave my pets like that as they are dogs and they would just go nuts I think so it depends on the person and what they can tolerate really. I think some people think that dogs are not all that but they could be cat lovers and that is why. Everyone has preference I guess. I think it is great that either way we are all different like that. I don't know much about reptiles so I would not know how to look after one so if someone gave me one I would have to research it so the poor thing could survive. I think I would have to make an area for it too.
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
5 Apr 08
Reptiles are not slimy. They're cold blooded animals, and they're skin is dry to the touch. Depending on the specific animal we're talking about, some feel similar to leather and some are bumpy, but none are slimy. Iguanas (and a few other lizards) are vegetarians. Those that eat meat, how is that any different than humans who eat beef, chicken, fish etc? You can talk to whatever you like, my mother talks to her house plants & plays them music. Her plants, your dog, my snake- I don't think any of them are really listening. In so far as not needing to be trained, I think that's a bonus. My snake doesn't have accidents in my house, and doesn't need to be walked. If I go away for a weekend, so long as the timer on his lights works, I don't have to hire a pet sitter for him. They're not at all the best pet for everyone, but they're amazing animals & good choices for some.
• United States
8 Dec 07
I love every kind of animal:) i used ot have a burmese python,but he was mean so we had to get rid of hom. gave him to someone who didnt have chilren..he got out somtimes and was getting alittle bigger then we expected. though he was stil a baby.