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post #1 of 29
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I saw this at work, just outside the dispatch office, by the sidewalk.

post #2 of 29
eewwww!

Snakes and alligators make good boots, belts and purses. Other than that, I have no use for them! The only good snake is a dead snake! The one in this picture is still alive, and probably close! Be careful.
post #3 of 29
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Actually, that would make a good belt or something, because it's only the skin.

However, I ***THINK*** it's a rattlesnake, and good-sized one, so I'm not pleased to see it that close to where I might have walked in the dark.
post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by Dusty's Mom View Post
eewwww!

Snakes and alligators make good boots, belts and purses. Other than that, I have no use for them! The only good snake is a dead snake! The one in this picture is still alive, and probably close! Be careful.
Sorry, those are fighting words. I better get out of this thread now before I say bad things
post #5 of 29
Snakes do give me the willies, but they are so cool!!! They have a fantastic role on our planet.
post #6 of 29
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Sorry, those are fighting words. I better get out of this thread now before I say bad things
To each his own!
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by Dusty's Mom View Post
To each his own!
Ok back in.
You advocate the killing of animals you deem "yucky"
For cosmetic reasons. Nice and pretty on your feet and holding your stuff in a skin handbag. Nice.
How about cat bags? I have met some I dont like, skin them, make me a handbag, a fancy throw, now, go get those cats!
Insane, of course! but snakes, and other reptiles, fair game.
post #8 of 29
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There is a bunch of construction going on just outside our property, and I suspect it's driven any number of wild animals into our area. Snakes especially.

I have never killed a snake, even a poisonous one. I even stopped a few weeks ago to help one get safely across a road.
post #9 of 29
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Ok back in.
You advocate the killing of animals you deem "yucky"
For cosmetic reasons. Nice and pretty on your feet and holding your stuff in a skin handbag. Nice.
How about cat bags? I have met some I dont like, skin them, make me a handbag, a fancy throw, now, go get those cats!
Insane, of course! but snakes, and other reptiles, fair game.
You don't recognize sarcasm when you read it? What a shame!

I have never killed a snake, nor would I unless I felt threatened by one. But I clearly prefer my pets to be furry! And yes, some snakes need to be eliminated like the Burmese Pythons that are taking over Florida and endangering the native species, not to mention dogs, cats and small children!
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Ok ladies, lets show some respect, especially where any animal is concerned
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by Dusty's Mom View Post
You don't recognize sarcasm when you read it? What a shame!

I have never killed a snake, nor would I unless I felt threatened by one. But I clearly prefer my pets to be furry! And yes, some snakes need to be eliminated like the Burmese Pythons that are taking over Florida and endangering the native species, not to mention dogs, cats and small children!
Burmese Pyhons are taking over Florida? Is there a problem with pets being released? that would be bad
A burmese will not take down a dog, a cat, or a small child. (Way to big for the snake to ingest, and all would fight) Learn snakes. You will not be afraid.
post #12 of 29
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Snakes do give me the willies, but they are so cool!!! They have a fantastic role on our planet.
I once had the opportunity to "pet" a snake at the county fair. Very cool animals!
post #13 of 29
Lol that skin would freak me out! I've seen worse though- when the skin deteriorates and only the scales are left!! So gross..
Lol but it's still better than when my hermit crab molted and I was just about to mourn his death because the exoskeleton looked exactly like him lmao. I thought he had died and came out of his shell...Then I was freaked out when I saw him move around again I was like oh no I've seen a ghost.. but I was glad I didn't have to part with him
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by Trillcat View Post
Burmese Pyhons are taking over Florida? Is there a problem with pets being released? that would be bad
A burmese will not take down a dog, a cat, or a small child. (Way to big for the snake to ingest, and all would fight) Learn snakes. You will not be afraid.
Yes, they are, and there are bounties on them, or so I hear. It is crazy because Florida allows them to be sold as pets, and when they get too big for the owners to contain and feed, they release them in the Everglades, and sometimes they don't bother to drive that far.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...vespecies.html

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0520131750.htm

And if a python can eat an alligator, it can surely devour cats, dogs and small children!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...eatsgator.html

ETA: Only a few weeks ago a 10 ft. Burmese killed a 2 year old child sleeping in her bed. These animals can get up to 25 ft. and weigh well over 200 lbs - large enough to do serious damage to other pets AND children. http://law.rightpundits.com/?p=590
post #15 of 29
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Actually, that would make a good belt or something, because it's only the skin.
I was thinking that it looked kind of flat in some spots.
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Actually, that would make a good belt or something, because it's only the skin.

However, I ***THINK*** it's a rattlesnake, and good-sized one, so I'm not pleased to see it that close to where I might have walked in the dark.
It looks like a rattlesnake to me too, and a big one at that. This must be one of the reasons Texans like their boots! We have rattlers here in CA too, but mostly in the foothills. I haven't heard of any around town.
post #17 of 29
I myself am not a great snake lover. I have rats. Us snake and rat people get allong like oil and water. But having said that, I respect anyones love for animals. Peace.
post #18 of 29
I am very scared of snakes as well but I would sooner avoid one than kill it.



I must admit they are very fascinating, and even I was caught playing with my dad's Ball Python on occasion. I'd never reach into his tank though, I'd always let someone hand him to me.

Anything bigger than that though... No way.


Even if a child (or in some cases a full grown man) is too large for a snake to eat, that doesn't mean that the snake is automatically not a deadly predator. They are designed for killing.

As in so many strangulation cases where people are exposed to large constrictors especially. They aren't eaten, but they are squeezed to death.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by Nekomania View Post

Even if a child (or in some cases a full grown man) is too large for a snake to eat, that doesn't mean that the snake is automatically not a deadly predator. They are designed for killing.

As in so many strangulation cases where people are exposed to large constrictors especially. They aren't eaten, but they are squeezed to death.
Yep! All you need to do is google snakes killing people and you will get more hits than you can read. That's how I learn about snakes! Google is my friend!
post #20 of 29
I am not afraid of snakes but know to stay away from the poisonous ones. I grew up with 2 older brothers so snakes and lizards do not scare me. I actually love holding a snake. I like the way it feels.
post #21 of 29
I love the way snakes feel! Such cool creatures.
The problem with Florida could be addressed if they introduced laws banning ownership of exotic animals. People in general are simply not responsible enough to own them - hence they get released and now there are all these animals living in the wild and causing havoc with the local ecosystem.
I see tons of snakes when I'm walking our local trails, and a couple of weeks ago the dogs found this really long skin. I saved it from them and brought it home to my cats, who were interested for about 5 seconds.

post #22 of 29
Ewww, the skin gives me the willies.
post #23 of 29
I don't think exotic ownership should ever be banned. Some of these animals need people who love them and wish to advocate for the continuation of a species.

I do however believe that the regulations and stipulations surrounding ownership of an exotic needs to be tightend down a lot. It's ridiculous how you can be just about anyone anywhere and have access to any type of animal without some sort of screening.

Take a local pet shop I used to frequent for instance... One day they harbored a baby monkey. I don't know the exact species...all I know is that they told me that if I had 3000 dollars, I could take her home.

I never went back there.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
I saw this at work, just outside the dispatch office, by the sidewalk.

Looks like a sizable one Hopefully the "owner" is far gone from the area
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post #26 of 29
I personally am very squeamish and hate most bugs, but snake I don't have a problem with as long as they stay outside. Now, rattlesnakes (which we DO have around here...I thought they were only in the southwest) or copperheads I WILL kill if I see them around the house due to the kids (niece and nephews), cats and dogs around here, but black snakes, green snakes, they are fine.

That skin would freak me out too! Hopefully Mr. Snake is long gone and growing a new one!
post #27 of 29
we used to live in a condo a couple blocks over and there's an avocado orchard right next to it and i used to go for walks. i was walking in the middle of the dirt road that runs through it and heard this weird noise. i stopped, turned around and there was a rattler about 3 feet away. i just started moving real slow away from it and after about 10ft i took off running. it scared the heck out of me but i'm glad it warned me. it was amazing how perfectly it camouflaged with the dirt road and a few weeds. what scared me was that i could see my condo from where the snake was in the road. just a little too close.
post #28 of 29
I worked around snakes and reptiles the 2 summers I worked at summer camp.

Respect the snakes and they will (mostly) respect you. Yeah, I got bit a few times, but it was mostly my fault. The 3 times I got bit, only 1 was out of territorial issues, the others were during feeding.

We also had a tame Salvadorian Water Monitor. Now, those are cool! We had a harness and leash for it to walk it around by the kids. Although he was tame, you still have to wear THICK leather gloves, because if they freak out, their claws will rip you to shreds.

...look at me off on a tangent...
post #29 of 29
I don’t mind snakes as long as I have someone close by to give them back to LOL. I’ve held snakes that were longer then my height.

One thing I noticed about snakes is they LOVE my hair. I don’t know if this is a usual thing but I have really long, thick hair and they usually ended up crawling in it, and twisting themselves in it (I can’t quite explain what they do, sort of like that).

I personally like lizards, but I can handle snakes, as long as they are pets and the owner is with me. I don’t know about them enough to play with wild ones.
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