Skip to comments.Why Do People Make Snakes Pets?
Posted on 09/22/2009 12:44:22 PM PDT by JoeProBono
DELTONA, Fla. -- Snake owners say they love reptiles.
The slithery creatures have made local headlines lately after an 18-foot Burmese python was found in the back yard of an Apopka home.
But why do people make the potentially dangerous creatures as pets?
A group of snake owners in Deltona said they just can't get enough of the reptiles.
They're cold-blooded, sometimes poisonous, and depicted as evil, but Ron Doria, a white-collar medical sales director, can't get enough of his snakes.
"They have such a bad rap of being something so vicious and so violent. It's not like that. It's just, it's false," Doria said.
Doria keeps over 40 snakes in his Deltona home. He shares his passion with a friend, Brian Radenberg, who owns over 100 snakes. Radenberg made the news when the city of Deltona tried unsuccessfully last year to force him to get rid of his venomous snakes.
There's also Scott Quint, a software engineer who owns 35 snakes. Why do these men have such a fascination with the animals?
For Quint, it's the science.
"They're beautiful animals. I think, evolutionally speaking, they're one of the most unique animals," Quint said.
For Radenberg, it's the way they feel.
"They just kind of crawl around on you, and I don't know, they're comfortable," Radenberg said.
And for Doria, who owns rattlesnakes, it's the thrill.
"I like the risk, a little bit, of knowing we have something ... control something that doesn't want to be controlled," Doria said.
The men said because they have the proper caging, proper licenses, and the experience to handle snakes, it mitigates any danger. They get frustrated by the negative stereotypes assigned to snake owners....
Snakes are fine but keeping large snakes is foolish unless someone has the money to build a secure habitat for them.
I'll get one when they come with a handler.
I have heard of snakes getting loose from their cages and eating the kids of their owners.
Snakes should not be pets. Period.
Is it OK if I have 100 cats in my house? I think not. These idiots think they are special.
Now there’s a snake!
Are you actually saying....I shouldn't have a Garter snake...as a pet.
And are you actually saying...it might eat my kids?
Well...my kids are bigger than a cricket...just to give you some reference.
walking downtown wacko Minneapolis today, I passed an woman with cat glasses (looked alot like SCTV’s Edith Prickley if you remember her) walking 10 weiner dogs on ten leashes.
She was yelling out “Hup two three four! Hup two three four!” Then she’d keep turning around yelling “Maggie! You close your Mouth!” “Hup two three four!...Maggie you close your mouth!”
Look at a profile pic of a gerbil.
Then look at a profile pic of snake.
The answer to the question is left as an exercise for the class.
Maybe we can train ‘em to eat only pit bulls.
We elect snakes as Congressmen and President, why not have one as a pet? The special interest groups do!
A snake is a reptile without the ability to bond or even appreciate the care they get. Don’t feed that big snake an it will start to think of YOU as food.
Sounds like shes overcompensating due to some (most likely suppressed) control issues...
As for me, whenever I have had to make a split second decision, snakes have always lost.
Snakes have a limited cereberal cortex which mean unlike mammals they cannot process empathy as well as things like Cats, Dogs, Ponies, Goats, Gerbils, ect.....
Having a pet snake is like having a pet rock in terms of emotional bonding.
I guess people think they “are cool”.
*Wondering if it tastes like chikin*
Like chicken, but tougher and stringy. More like like gator bites.
...people have them for weird Freudian reasons, I guess............
My college debate coach had a small python - I think it was maybe two feet long. Certainly wasn’t as long as my arm.
Since I was the only girl and the only non-hippie on the debate team, I was usually the only scent wearer in the place, so the snake took a liking to me and would crawl up my arm and drape himself around my shoulders, flicking his tongue at my neck occasionally (I think that’s how they smell).
Satan was a sweet snake, and I never minded him using me as his personal jungle gym.
I meant the big dangerous snakes.
Sorry I wasn’t clear.
yeah and i have heard of dogs mauling kids so maybe we should ban that too.
i am not big on snakes myself but i dont think there is anything wrong if someone wants to own one in general
By looking at these pics, I can see that women sure like um.
Guys never say, “Your snake is bigger than mine”. We just don’t go there.
Why do people vote for DemocRATS?
I’m not trying to get into a heated discussion. How would you feel if your next door neighbor had a pet Anaconda or Rock Python as a pet.. and you had kids.
I’m just saying..... these types of animals should be in zoos not homes.
“But why do people make the potentially dangerous creatures as pets? “
geez dogs are “potentially” dangerous. as are cats, rats, field mice and fish for crying out loud
probably not as nervous as i feel now with a neighbor who has two rottweilers and a pitbull. i do have a 3 year old and every so often i wonder if one of those dogs is going to snap.
any other questions
(I never noticed it...)
Why snakes as pets?
Well, they are a lot like orchids.
Most of them are quite beautiful animals in an exotic and different way. If you can get beyond the “snake reaction”, just look at the colors and patterns. They are not for everyone, but they are interesting and challenging enough for the person drawn to something different.
They require very little care -— just feed them once a week. They actually do recognize their owners, and respond differently when someone they know or some “other” handles them.
Most snakes kept as pets are neither overly large or poisonous, and pose no threat to anyone. It is only the really big or dangerous snakes you read about, but the vast majority of pet snakes are small mouse eaters that grow no larger than 4 feet and couldn’t hurt you if they tried their best at it.
Why do people make good pets for big snakes?
I would agree that no one should have large snakes. Once they get past three feet or so, they should be given to a zoo or something.
Amazingly, those who have snakes as pets get quite attached to them. My son has had snakes as pets, but never kept them past a certain size. It always killed him to get rid of them because he got so attached, but he knew it was better for him and them.
“”I like the risk, a little bit, of knowing we have something ... control something that doesn’t want to be controlled,” Doria said.”
Hell, I just got married for this feeling...
Train them to eat Nanny-Staters...
I remember reading about a large snake getting out of it’s cage and killing an infant. It upset me so much; I hate reading about animals killing little children. Sometimes I think I should just stop reading the news.
We make the best pets! And I’m calling PETA if you try to eat me.....
Freedom was such a cool concept while it lasted. Now we have literally millions of busybodies who are more than happy to enable narcissitic egomaniacs in legislatures to decide what is best for us all. Oh, well. It wasn't that important of a concept, was it?
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