Are snakes REALLY that wonderful as a pet
February 1, 2007 8:29pm CST
Other half is wanting a pet SNAKE! And I have said NOOOOOOOOO! Apparently his wonderful ex used to a have a snake that sometimes shared their bed (although at the time he did not know and would have had a FIT if he had known the thing was in there). Now he wants a snake. I don't like them. What you do you think.
• United States
5 Feb 07
When I was in college i had a King Snake that we kept as a pet. He used to cuddle up to us and lick our faces. He actually liked the taste of our makeup. Me and my roomy wore the same kind. Yes, snakes do have a smell. It is not bad though. At least not to me. :) Me and my ex hubby had an iquana. I loved that little guy. We even had a leash for him and would walk him around the yard! He had his own spray bottle and loved to be spritzed. So, I like reptiles, actually I love all animals. I have a 250lb English Mastiff, and two cats.
8 Feb 07
Well I bet you didn't have any trouble with intruders then lol. King Snake does sound rather adorable, but I still would probably keep my distance. My brother in law kept iguanas and again I was not very keen but I have to admit they do enjoy their sprays. The problem in this country is that people insist on buying exotic pets without knowing how to look after them, and they forget that they GROW and they end up being abandoned, which is so cruel. That is how my brother in law ended up with half a dozen iguanas, all rescue! I like cats and dogs but again your big doggie I would keep away from, big doggies know I am a softie and I always end up pinned to my seat with their enormous heads in my lap lol.
• United States
12 Feb 07
What makes a snake any more dangerous than a dog or a cat? I have had my snake for almost a year not and not once ever felt threatened by it. Now compare him to my cat that I've had for almost 5 years, the snake's an angel. The cat has sliced my hands and legs up so badly I've almost needed stitches. But I guess the majority of people are right, non-venomous snakes that are too small to wrap around a person are EXTREMELY dangerous.
13 Feb 07
oh tiger, I wish I could give you the best response for that wonderful post! Thank you, I really enjoyed that, and of course you are totally right! I am sorry I don't like snakes, I think it was because my younger brother shoved a grass snake down my back when we were children. It was a real performance extracting the thing as I threw hysterics, my Mother was terrified of snakes too and she was trying to get a hold of it and get it out, my brother ran 100 yards to the top of the garden and laughed himself silly in safety. To add insult to injury, he was allowed to keep the grass snake in the shed in an old iron bath and the wretched thing gave birth! I didn't know snakes could do that! The baby snakes had a bright green stripe, very good camoflage, and my Dad released the whole family into the garden a week later when my brother got fed up with them. When we moved from that house thirty years later we still had a thriving colony of the pesky things in the garden. So maybe you can understand why I don't want a snake. I wouldn't want a cat with attitude either, though. I am hoping to get a rag doll cat, and they are really soppy like me, but I agree a cat can shred your skin quicker than anything. Thank you again for an amusing, relevant and succinct post!
• United States
5 Feb 07
I was not sure about the idea of a snake when my fiance first suggested it, but when he started to show real interest in it I tried to also. While visiting Atlanta, I saw a booth at a park with all sorts of crazy animals. I went over to check it out, and found snakes there. I wanted to TOUCH one, just to see how it felt (I was terrified of snakes up until that point), so the guy pulled a "small" anaconda out. It started with, "Just touch the tail, just touch it", then it moved to, "Hold the tail". Eventually I was somehow holding this anaconda, and it actually wasn't that bad. So, at this point I decided snakes were not completely horrible, but was not keen on the idea of a snake in my house yet. Needless to say, we have a pet snake now, a small ball python. I absolutely love Kratos, he's so much fun to watch and hold. He lived at the foot of our bed (in his nice cage) for a long time, and it was so much fun to watch him before we fell asleep. He is so curious, and he would get into so much stuff. As my mother would say, "Just try it, you might like it". So what if she's always talking about clothes! Most pet shops have very friendly help... they will be extremely happy to take a snake out, let you touch it, hold it. See if getting up close and personal with one helps.
8 Feb 07
That is a wonderful post, thank you so much. Very interesting and educational and I enjoyed it greatly. I have actually touched a type of snake, or at least one touched me - my brother threw a grass snake down my back when I was younger! No, I was not injured but I was not very happy about it lol. I still do not like snakes but I do understand how much people love their pets, whichever type of creature they are. Kratos is a lovely name, too.
3 Feb 07
I am not keen on snakes either, not one little bit. We do not have children, the biggest kid here is me and I say no, no, no. Unfortunately though the type of snake he would keep as a pet does not bite and is not dangerous in any way, so I could not use that as an argument. I agree that any pet has to be housed securely away from children, for the safety of the pet and the child. Good point.