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#241 - iamphoenix (11/04/2013) [-]
Until they crush you and swallow everything you love whole.
#226 - fcukyourcouch (11/04/2013) [-]
This post gave me the heebie jeebies.
This post gave me the heebie jeebies.
User avatar #195 - uppercasename (11/04/2013) [-]
i want a snake now
User avatar #184 - MandiMarie (11/04/2013) [-]
I actually would love to have a pet snake, but I couldn't feed them live food and I've heard that it's bad for them to not excersice their predatory instincts. It's just that I've had pet mice and pet rats so I couldn't do it.
User avatar #191 to #184 - kissmycooch (11/04/2013) [-]
you don't have to feed them live food, and aside from the thawing pocess being annoying its the best way for many reasons
two of which would be keeping your snake an all-around calmer pet and avoiding the food biting/scratching them and causing an infection
User avatar #209 to #191 - MandiMarie (11/04/2013) [-]
That's great! I might look into getting a pet snake then sometime in the future. I live in a dorm now so I couldn't, but maybe in a couple of years I will. Do you have any pet snakes of your own?
User avatar #213 to #209 - kissmycooch (11/04/2013) [-]
yes, i have a pair of burmese pythons
they are gonna get pretty big, an average of 20ft/200lbs
i feed them pre-killed rabbits about once a week
but ball pythons usually max out at 5ft and the biggest thing you'd have to feed them would be a weekly rat
if you start looking into getting a snake search for local reptile shops (not petco/petsmart)
id recommend stopping by to ask questions and see the critters in person :]
#242 to #213 - bapsmcgee (11/04/2013) [-]
I'm looking into buying a snake when I get my tax refund. Just wondering why I shouldn't get one from petsmart. I've bought animals from there before and they seem of good quality.
User avatar #247 to #242 - kissmycooch (11/04/2013) [-]
there's nothing wrong with petsmart as far as the quality of their animals, but as far as getting advice and any follow up care concerns id say a privately owned reptile shop would be the best
most of the owners will go above and beyond to support their customers and have better, more in-depth knowledge and experience with the critters they raise and sell
plus with a snake you'll have to buy mice/rats/rabbits to feed them and 99% of reptile shops breed and sell these as well for much cheaper than petsmart
if petsmart is selling the critter you want for a better price, go for it, but regardless of where you get your pet i strongly recommend visiting your local reptile shop as they will give you the best long-term support :]
User avatar #215 to #213 - MandiMarie (11/04/2013) [-]
There's actually a place that's by my parent's house (my University is about an hour away from them) that has reptiles and just the way the people act you can tell that they really care about all of the animals they adopt out. That's where I got my pet rats before and the guy that sold them to me was like kissing them and petting them when he was telling me about how to take care of them. They mostly do rodents and reptiles and fish and arachnids. So I'll probably go there when I have a place where I can have a snake. But thank you for your help!
User avatar #220 to #215 - kissmycooch (11/04/2013) [-]
yea, that sounds like a great place to check out
my mom has two pet rats she got when i was picking up feeders for my snakes, their lil personalities are soo cute :]
good luck!
User avatar #245 to #220 - MandiMarie (11/04/2013) [-]
Yeah, I do t understand how people could hate them. I had one named Sugar (don't judge, I was 11 lol) and she liked to sit on my shoulder and like curl up in my hair like all day. And she licked me allll the time. And we had yogurt drop treats and she would get so hyped when she saw the bag and would try to crawl in there lol. They're basically just like tiny dogs.
User avatar #249 to #245 - kissmycooch (11/04/2013) [-]
i think the "hate" stems from the same reasons people dislike snakes
either bad experiences or seeing them portrayed in a negative way (like tv or movies)
i think they are super cute and pretty smart, my mom calls them her lil "pocket puppies"
and i definitely dont judge on you naming her sugar, i'v always given my pets cutesy baby names
my snake's names are pookie and princess
i cant wait til they are full grown, then i can ask someone "hey, you wanna see pookie?" and drag out a giant python haha
User avatar #259 to #249 - MandiMarie (11/05/2013) [-]
But yeah, my dad was actually one of those people that are deathly afraid of rats before I got her. He changed his mind after he found out how sweet they are, which I think more people should have their minds changed about it, because they usually change. Of course there would still be people afraid of them, but it could help some.
User avatar #258 to #249 - MandiMarie (11/05/2013) [-]
Oh man, I would freak out if I saw a 20 ft snake like that out of the blue, and I love snakes. So you should definitely do it.
User avatar #261 to #258 - kissmycooch (11/07/2013) [-]
haha yea
and thats one of the main reasons i like taking my critters out and about so people can interact with them and see that they aren't as scary as a lot of people make them out to be
but animals are animals, they are never 100% predictable and anything with a mouth can bite
so its always best to be prepared for worst-case-scenarios
for large snakes you can either squirt their face/mouth with rubbing alcohol or kink their tail hard like you would to cut off a hose
those are the two best ways to get them to let go without doing any permanent damage
User avatar #178 - rbanh (11/04/2013) [-]
This genuinely made me look into getting one, but I don't know if I'm comfortable with the frozen dead mice.
User avatar #166 - Exodeus (11/04/2013) [-]
D'awww I've never kept a reptile before but those ball pythons are totally cute!
User avatar #139 - thunderchanter (11/03/2013) [-]
As awesome as these guys truly are, they still scare the **** out of me when they get big. I just always have the fact that these things are wild predators in the back of my mind, and if something goes wrong people could end up hurt. I know that's true with just about every animal, but still.
#200 to #139 - sidneymysnake (11/04/2013) [-]
Ball pythons don't get over 6' in length, hardly big enough to do any real damage other than a few pin pricks.
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User avatar #101 - Shiny (11/03/2013) [-]
In general it's safe to assume with pet animals, most negative stereotypes are the result of irresponsible ********* who are barely even capable of taking care of themselves.
User avatar #88 - pokemonstheshiz (11/03/2013) [-]
I'm honestly more afraid of pythons and other constrictors than poisonous snakes. There's anti-venom for poisonous snakes, but there's no one for being ******* suffocated.
They are cute, but bears can be cute too and I wouldn't keep a grizzly as a pet.
#119 to #88 - heartlessrobot (11/03/2013) [-]
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What about keeping a dog that feeds on grizzlies as a pet?
User avatar #125 to #119 - pokemonstheshiz (11/03/2013) [-]
that doesn't feed on grizzlies though. It's just a regular dog. A very large, muscular dog, but still a dog.

and more importantly, you should never get such a large and capable dog as a pet if you are not dominant and capable as an owner. If raised right, even the most viscous breed of dog can be raised as docile. Snakes, as a species, are not domesticated. You can train one, sure, but it still doesn't mean it's entirely domesticated.

And I would prefer to be mauled to death than squeezed to death by a boa
User avatar #133 to #88 - oneironaut (11/03/2013) [-]
The snakes in the compilation are ball pythons. They can't get big enough to actually injure you through constriction, and it is extremely unlikely that they'd ever make an attempt.
User avatar #222 to #133 - pokemonstheshiz (11/04/2013) [-]
they resemble the one's i'm terrified of though
User avatar #68 - dvdfaust ONLINE (11/03/2013) [-]
SNAKEFIRE, I SUMMON THEE
User avatar #123 to #68 - snakefire (11/03/2013) [-]
Hi.
User avatar #47 - pivotmasterdm (11/03/2013) [-]
I NEED IT
#41 - stephyteddy (11/03/2013) [-]
This is cool because I've always loved snakes.
This is cool because I've always loved snakes.
#31 - squidamon (11/03/2013) [-]
I WANT 'EM
I WANT 'EM
#44 to #31 - zyketor (11/03/2013) [-]
That needs to be a new enemy in Pikmin 4. I can see it being devastating.
User avatar #46 to #44 - makotoitou (11/03/2013) [-]
So basically a living Monster Pump? Are you trying to summon satan?
#26 - Rascal (11/03/2013) [-]
Just get a normal pet like a dog or cat you freaks.
#23 - maaarknuuuut (11/03/2013) [-]
snakes are awesome
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#12 - taurusguy (11/03/2013) [-]
Would actually love to have a python, i have no idea how to take care of one though, so this dream remains in the future.
User avatar #33 to #12 - isoscelessandwich (11/03/2013) [-]
They're incredibly easy. Once they're set up properly, the most you have to do is feed them once a week and mist the cage occasionally.
User avatar #180 to #12 - nighkey (11/04/2013) [-]
If you purchase a baby, you need:
* One tank
* One Heat Lamp
* One black light bulb.
*A thermometer.
*Newspaper
*Cereal Box
*Plastic dish/bowl/rabbit water dish.

If your air temp is below 72 degrees in the room, you also need a 25 dollar undertank heating pad.

Basically, you put down newspaper, as particle substrate can cause a snake to become impacted, cut a cereal box into a snake hiding place, and fill a small water dish in the corner. (They like to soak before shedding, so fill a pie tin with water when their eyes turn blue. This means they will shed the next day.) Or just bathe them in the sink with luke warm water for half an hour. This allows them to shed cleanly with no retained sheds.

As babies, feed them a thawed rat once a week if you want your snake to grow, or a thawed mouse if you want it to stay a bit smaller longer. Rats have more nutrients. The food item should be as big around as the thickest part of the snake. Baby snakes eat baby rodents. (Pinkie mice/Rat pups.) You can get these at pet stores, especially pet stores that advertise feeder crickets. They always have mice/rats in the back freezer. About 1 USD per item, so you can feed a snake for a month on 2-3 dollars.

Heat them with a black light bulb left on 24/7 aimed at one half of the tank. The snake moves out of the way when too hot, moves back when too cold.

When the snake gets better, you will have to buy a bigger thing to hold it in. Either get a 100 dollar 40 gallon tank from petco, or a 150 sliding door side entry PVC professional cage from Animal Plastics. (Cheapest place.) It will last your adult ball python for the rest of their 20 year life span. The professional cage will come with heat and is a lot roomier.
#246 to #180 - taurusguy (11/04/2013) [-]
Yes, all that is good, but how do i make it "safe" i know LITERALLY nothing about pythons, so are they dangerous to a human? I wont mind me just because im pretty sure it wont bite its owner, but i dont want anyone that visits me to get hurt. I wont be getting one for a few years anyways, but might get one after a while and once im properly prepared and know i can take care of it.
User avatar #252 to #246 - nighkey (11/05/2013) [-]
Pythons are constrictors, which means their teeth are smaller and less wicked than venomous species. If somehow you do get bit by a baby, you might not even notice it at first. It's very quick and the holes are hair tiny, might feel like a carpet burn at worst. Adults not so much, but it's harder to get bit by an adult, and over 5 years I've only seen 2 bites - from babies, and one was because a moron thought it would be a good idea to wiggle his fingers under a towel as though playing with a cat, and the same person reached his hand into the tank mid feeding all the others. It could smell rats and was expecting food. The snake was very, very confused after biting. If a snake does bite you, there is rarely if ever 'coiling.' They wont constrict and hold on, it happens in like a second. (Though occasionally a small tooth my get stuck to something they bite. If it rips off, it might get infected.)

Assuming your enclosure is set up before you bring them home, you'll open the container they came in, slip them into the enclosure, and let them crawl out on their own terms. Wait a few days for them to adjust, and then they should be easy enough to handle. Use a snake hook or make one from a clothes hanger and duct tape if you're nervous to just reach down and pick it up. (We can usually just reach in and gently grab new arrivals without much fuss.)

Handle 10 minutes daily for the first 7 days in short bursts, never while they are mid shed (blind), days they eat, or within 2 days after eating. You'll notice your pet will start displaying new behavior. Takes less time to get comfortable in your hand, gets comically fussy when you try to put it back (tightening a small bit on your fingers to avoid being let go of in the tank, trying to crawl back out immediately) and overall enjoying being held a lot more. You can increase the duration to as much as 2 hours (make sure the room is warm enough to do so) once they are used to being held.

Once you're comfortable holding your snake, and probably really enjoying it, it shouldn't be an issue having other people hold them. Make them wash their hands first. Pick the snake up out of the tank, let it go through the initial getting comfortable phase, then pass it off to your friend and instruct them how to hold them.

They are really easy to 'tame' and keep tame. Most of the time balls and red tails are docile from the day they are born/hatch and only grow more tame through the years. A prized adult of 8 feet - red tail boa, loved to be a permanent neck fixture and begged at the side of the tank to be let out if anyone walked by.
#4 - Rascal (11/03/2013) [-]
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