Ok, this gave me a smile

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  1. puppydog

    puppydog Tru evil has no pantyline

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    I am sitting reading the classifieds on a reptile forum I am on. How is this for an advert.

    For sale, red tail boa male. 2 years old, eating well. Large custome cage, rats, decoration and snake for only R1000.
    I don't want the snake anymore because he bit me and that is not what I want in a pet. :rofl1:

    Now tell me, you buy yourself a snake and expect it to not ever bite you! :lol-sign:

    At least that made me smile.
     
  2. Gustav

    Gustav Don't encourage me..

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    I wonder if that would work for me..

    *Cat, free to good home because she accidentally scratched me yesterday when trying to get onto my knee.*

    Some people are really daft, and obviously don't research exotic pets correctly before taking them on.
     
  3. darkchild16

    darkchild16 We are Home.

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    LMAO dumb arse.

    I wonder if I can get rid of Walker for his farting lately.
     
  4. ACooper

    ACooper Moderator

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    I guess I should've at least TRIED to rehome Zac (my 10 y/o son) when at age 2 he bit me! DANG! Why does nobody tell me these things until it's too late!

    And Breeze, if you find a taker for a farting dog..........ask if they need two or have friends who would be interested! hahaha
     
  5. Izzy's Valkyrie

    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    I've never been bitten by any of my three snakes :p But yeah, put all that effort into a boa then rehome it after one bite?! People usually post pictures of being tagged (Bitten by a snake) as a badge of honor!
     
  6. mwood322

    mwood322 New Member

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    Well I personally have only been bitten by one of my snakes, once, it certainly taught me to make very sure I washed my hands between handling him and handling food. Being bitten means you did something wrong by either making the snake think you were food, or making it very uncomfortable. Most professional snake handlers do not consider a bite good news from a hot snake or not. It means you stressed the snake out too much or you're handling practices might need to be checked over. :rolleyes:

    As to they guy wanting to get rid of his snake after 1 bite. It probably isn't a bad idea for someone who is afraid of being bitten to re-home a snake with a potential size of at least 12 feet long. No, he shouldn't have gotten it in the first place, but he certainly shouldn't be keeping it. I know I personally don't expect my snakes to bite me every time I handle them, but on a snake with that potential size biting is not good.

    People that don't know what they're doing, but keep large snakes like this are who lead governments to think banning reptiles is a good idea. Hopefully someone who knows what they're doing takes his snake.

    --Mia
     
  7. AllieMackie

    AllieMackie Wookie Collie

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    WTF, haha. I mean, many people have had pet snakes and never been bitten, but you have to realize when you get a snake that the chance is always there.

    WTF people :p
     
  8. dogsarebetter

    dogsarebetter EVIL SHELTIES!!!!

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    I have always had snakes and I have never been bit.
    a huge red tail boa that bites need to be gotten rid of.
     
  9. Doberluv

    Doberluv Active Member

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    I wonder why he wasn't worried about getting squeezed when that snake gets older instead of bitten. I don't agree with making snakes into "pets." They belong out in nature. JMO.
     
  10. Izzy's Valkyrie

    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    I don't think the snake needs to be gotten rid of, I think the owner should learn to wash his hands after handling the snakes food. If it's warm and smells like dinner, it's going to be bitten by a snake with poor vision.
     
  11. mwood322

    mwood322 New Member

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    Most constrictors bite then wrap around their prey rather than the other way around. They grab food and coil tightly around it, which would be why he is worried about the biting, which can lead to the squeezing. :p

    My corn snakes would likely starve out in nature. They are several generations captive bred. Two are morph colors that would get eaten pretty fast, and neither has much of a bite reflex. Same thing for my leopard geckos, crested geckos, and frog. All were captive born and bred, and they are definitely pets, all are handleable, and most are perfectly happy to hang out on my hands or shirt while I do something else.

    My opinion has always been animals born in nature belong there, animals humans have had breed in captivity should not be returned to nature. (Not counting endangered species recovery, but most of that has been screwed up as well.)

    All of my snakes top out at 6 feet, are of unaggressive, and non-threatened species and are known to do perfectly well with minimal special care. Same thing with the lizards. How is that very different from people keeping a gerbil or a hamster? Those are hardly considered exotic, but retain as many of their wild instincts as my snakes do. I remember hating handling the farmed hamsters when I worked at a pet store more than the reptiles. I was bitten by many more hamsters, yet you can own a hamster almost anywhere.:lol-sign:

    Heck cats are one generation at any given time from being feral, just depends on whether they're born near people or not.

    I think I went on a tangent, sorry.

    --Mia
     
  12. puppydog

    puppydog Tru evil has no pantyline

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    I am not saying a snake will bite every time. I just don't think you should own a snake unless you are prepared to be bitten every now and again. My snake has bitten me once. No biggie, I carried on handling her.

    You cannot get a creature that has no potential for emotional attachment and then expect it to be a cuddly little pet. They are still wild animals, they feel nothing for their owners. In short, they are not a dog. They will bite if they feel threatened, this guy has only had the snake for two weeks, how can he possibly think that it will be habituated to him?
     
  13. Izzy's Valkyrie

    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    Oh sheesh. I hope he was a newb because honestly, a seasoned handler and owner of snakes would have been prepared with either gloves or some neosporin lol. Sounds like he's not smart enough to keep a snake anyways.
     
  14. dogsarebetter

    dogsarebetter EVIL SHELTIES!!!!

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    I had a 9 foot red tail boa growing up. he ate rabbits he was so big.

    if he would bite, it would be very very dangerous. if he were to had bitten, he would be gone.
    just because you wash your hands does not mean that the snake will not bite you.
     
  15. Izzy's Valkyrie

    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    When you're handling a 9 foot snake after it has just eaten or around it's food time smelling like food you're doing something wrong. If the snake is biting with no provocation I agree that is a problem. I generally believe also that a child should not be the sole care giver for a 9 foot snake of any species and were a snake that large to bite a child it would be the parent's fault for not moderating the snake's time out and being able to note the snake's agitated behavior. Snakes might not connect emotionally like mammals do but they do generally give fair warning for when they're angry and in striking postition.

    Exotic animals, especially large ones with hypodermic teeth need proper handling and intelligent ownership, just like dogs. Just because a dog has never bitten it's owner before doesn't mean it won't bite when the owner tried to take it's food. That dog wouldn't be a bad dog, the owner would be a bad owner for not teaching it's dog how to behave around food or for not understanding the body language of their dog when they're giving warning growls and tensing their body.
     
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    puppydog Tru evil has no pantyline

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    DAB, I am not saying he is wrong for rehoming the snake, I just think his wording was funny. It is not what I want in a pet? Then don't get a snake!
    That is like getting a puppy and rehoming it because it pees on your floor. The snake has not had a chance to habituate, how can he expect it to just be ok with anything thrown at it.

    My snake will strike at people she doesn't know. If I handle her first and hand her to someone she is fine, but don't take her out her cage if she doesn't know you. You are likely to get a baby corn bite. (Oh the HORROR! LOL!)
     
  17. cricketsmygirl

    cricketsmygirl Angels in waiting....

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    People are stupid. When my uncle had his redtail Jazz (RIP) she got pissed at me one day because she did not want to go back into her enclosure. She tagged me a good one, not the first time I'd been bitten but it was the worst and I was running for the camera ready to post it up on some forums!!
     

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