Originally Posted by twstychik
I love snakes... and thank you for posting so I can live vicariously since DH has said no more snakes for me.
Karma is a beauty and I LOVE Blood Red's color.
no probs. I love showing off my babies, scaley or furry
My husband is not into reptiles at all. However, he does help me out
They are my 'hobby' just as playing with his car is his hobby. Luckily he has never tried to limit me on them. Mainly because I'm a firm believer in SSH (safe snake handling). My female Colombian BCI is the biggest snake I will ever own. She can max at about 9-10ft. I am comfortable in tending to her, but if I need to handle her (cleaning cages, etc.) I have a second person in the room with me
I also avoid risky handling... I know in some pics you will see me or my kids with the snake hanging on the shoulders (neck area)...but never the larger ones (when they were younger, yes...but not after they reached 4-5ft and 15lbs+). If they took a notion to constrict, I alone would not be able to remove them, it could take 2-4 people to do so. Hence my reasoning for larger snakes not being around necks.
|I know you said that your snakes don't show an emotional response but do you find they have different personalities? I've noticed that in some on my own snakes over time and also that they seem to behave differently depending on who is handling them. Unfortunately I had to re-home my last snake as he was a bit on the grumpy side with me but he seems quite happy in his new home. I've attached the only pic of him I could find at the moment.
He was a gorgeous Colombian BCI
Yes, my snakes have different personalities very much so. Emotional response is highly debatable between owners. Some will say that yes they show emotion because they will "cuddle" with their humans. The truth behind that one, snakes are cold blooded, so yes they will wrap around you to absorb your warmth.
They do show preference, aggression and when they want to be left alone.
I had a gorgeous Hogg Island boa at one time. She was a stunning example of 'breed'. BUT, she absolutely hated me. Anytime I would walk by she would strike at the glass.... always tried to bite me no matter what I did. I had purchased her from a man who said she had a good temperment. No, I wasn't lied to. I sold her because of the temperment. I do not keep "bitey" snakes because of my children. I fully disclosed her temperment to the buyer, a young lad (18) and he still wanted her. She has never tried to strike him, and he says she's a sweetheart.
My opinion: she prefered men. Her previous owner who had no issues, was a man. I sold her to a male.
I have snakes that like to be held, some that don't. Snakes that will sit on my shoulders and snakes that won't. Lots of different personalities
|I've encountered several garter snakes in the "wild" and they are pretty aggressive for such a small snake. Then a few years ago DH and I caught and re-released a rather long black rat snake we found around the foundation of my parents house. I'm glad it was us that found him... I think my mom would have convinced my dad or brother to kill it had they been home. It's quite an adrenaline rush to catch a wild snake. I used a garden watering wand and a cooler to relocate him to a nearby field. It felt good to know I probably saved him as well as the nest of baby bunnies he had his eye on.
Good for you
The aunt-in-law I mentioned in my other post, would have attempted to kill it
I appreciate those who relocate the snakes instead of trying to hurt it. Fear unfortunately creates panic in people. The automatic step on it response. I understand fear completely, but relate it to warm blooded animals.... would they try to kill a cat who was hissing and swiping at them? Prolly not.
Snakes in the wild are a good thing. Nature. They keep the rodent population down, amongst other things. Ultimately, the snake in the wild is as scared of you as you are of it. Unfortunately, the way a snake deals with fear is by being aggressive and trying to bite. But yah know, I would to in their situation. If they can't escape easily, then yes, they will try to bite. If a giant cornered me, I would use whatever I could (fists, feet, teeth, anything) to try to escape.
Sorry for the book. I love talking/educating about my snakes
If I can ease one person's fear, then my job is done.