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post #31 of 48
SL: What kind of food do your snakes eat? Do they play with each other? I'm clueless
post #32 of 48
Actually it does bother me but I never would've mentioned it, since you asked tho... I try to just ignore it.
post #33 of 48
I like snakes I handled a few in my lifetime. The poisonous ones scare me a bit but that is natural.
post #34 of 48
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Originally Posted by c1atsite View Post
SL: What kind of food do your snakes eat? Do they play with each other? I'm clueless
I have a few posts in the Cats and Other Animals forum, that answer most of those questions....

I'm trying not to digress from the original topic of this thread, otherwise it will be more suited for the other forum.

(short answer tho: they eat mice and rats, and no they do not play with each other unless I'm putting a male and female in to mate )
post #35 of 48
I have a friend who is so terrified of snakes that even a picture of one drives him over the edge. His room mate used to tease him sometimes by laying a picture of a snake on the floor at his bedroom door, and he couldn't even push the picture away to walk thru that door.

So if people are highly phobic, yes it will bother them. Personally, snakes give me the willies (you remember the day I found one in my garden and PM'd you frantically about it), but I still respect them for their value in life. My preference is always a cat picture over any other animal, but that is me.
post #36 of 48
I think your avatar is beautiful, but I am not afraid of snakes, so I really don't count. A spider now, that's a horse of a different color....
post #37 of 48
Here in the user CP you have the option of blocking avatars: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/pro...do=editoptions

It doesn't bother me at all, Chris

I'm not a huge fan of snakes but they fascinate me.
post #38 of 48
I'm afraid but I'm not repulsed by them. I can appreciate their beauty... i just don't want to be in the same room with one unless its for instance... in a cage.
post #39 of 48
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
I know that some people have extreme fears of snakes. I had a friend in one of my college courses who could not be in the room when I did my powerpoint presentation on reptiles due to the snake pics.

I got thinking..... and was wondering for the people on here that may be afraid of snakes:

Does my avatar bother you???
To be honest- I'm TERRIFIED of snakes. Have been since I was a young kid who got bitten by a snake BUT don't have any memory of it.

Here's what my parents told me- we were out on a picnic and my brother found a snake and brought it over to show us. I reached out to touch it on the head, it bit one of my fingers, my brother panicked and pulled the snake away. The problem was that the fangs were still in the finger so my finger got ripped up pretty good. I am now 38 and still have scars on my finger from that. Parents took me to the hospital along with the snake. After a few hours of dithering from a doctor who was too scared to get the snake to bite a test thingie to identify if it was poisonous, another doctor walked in and asked what was going on. After he got the explanation, he told the first doctor that the snake wasn't poisonous because if it was, I'd be dead by then. YIKES. Could you believe that??

About 10 years later, i was at a birthday party and the birthday girl was showing us her new pet which was a snake. I heard about the snake and was really excited to see and touch but the minute I saw the snake, I started screaming my head off and freaking out. I just couldn't explain why. My mom was called to come get me since I couldn't calm down and that's when she told me what had happened.

About two weeks ago, I was in Petsmart waiting in line to buy some cat food and as I looked behind me in the line, I realized a teenager girl was holding a SNAKE with her parents! I tried to quietly move away from her without making a scene but couldn't leave since I hadn't paid yet. Unfortunately, she kept moving closer to me in the line. I am ASHAMED to say that I finally lost it and yelled at her to get that snake away from me ASAP. I was literally shaking and couldn't wait to get out of the store. It was a pretty big scene since 3 workers were trying to calm me down. The poor girl didn't mean to bother me- she didn't know I was scared of snakes but I just couldn't take having that snake that close to me. Rationally, I KNEW that snake was harmless but...

To answer your question, yes, your avator does bother me BUT I try not to look at the picture since it's YOUR avator.
post #40 of 48
I'm not really scared of snakes, I just don't want one for a pet. My husband on the other hand is a snake person. Many, many years ago he was in a herpatology club and they would go out and catch rattle snakes in colorado and milk them for their venom. He did get bit on his thumb once, but the fang curled by his thumb nail and he didn't get poisoned. Yikes. He also had a big boa. I wouldn't want to feed a snake live little animals. I would have a rodent rescue going on in my house. It's bad enough when the cats catch a mouse!

He has rescued bull snakes off the road in nebraska and relocated them so they didn't get killed.

I think your Avatar has a beautiful snake on it!!!!
post #41 of 48
Nope! While I'm not crazy about snakes, I have held them before, without any fear. I also think they can be very colorful and pretty. I do collect snake-themed jewelry for some reason--esp. bracelets. It's sort of one of my clothing "trademarks". I also have a licence plate on the front of my car, which has a cobra. Yet, I wouldn't say that snakes are a favorite animal. Go figure...

That's a pretty snake in your avatar, BTW!
post #42 of 48
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Originally Posted by c1atsite View Post
Without my glasses it looks like a cinnamon roll. It doesn't bother me
Boy, I hope you're never in the reptile house at a zoo, forgotten your glasses, AND are hungry!
post #43 of 48
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
That doesn't seem to work with avatars. I tried it on one just to test and it only gives you the option to block images from tcs.com which I wouldn't want to do! It seems to work with sigs, blocking just the particular site they are hosted at though.
Hmm. True. But there is another extension called "Remove Permanently" or something like that. Right clicking the image and picking that option will remove the one avatar and not all of them.
post #44 of 48
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input everyone.... Appreciate it.

I completely understand those with a fear of snakes.... I really do even tho I don't have the same fear. Some people I've been able to help, others, no way.

I'm going to go with the majority who've said No it doesn't bother them, or if it does, they look past it.... Thank you for doing so.

I do rotate it from time to time.... Right now tho, I'm excited bout getting new snakes, hence the snake avatar


However, I will not use the close up ones, nor will I make one that shows the mouth/teeth. I hope that helps some.

Again, I appreciate the time you've taken to respond.
post #45 of 48
Well, I'm going to be completely honest and tell you "Yes, it bothers me."
I have a completely irrational fear of snakes, so muich so that you couldn't pay me to touch just a picture of one. Now, having said that, when I see your user name I figure there's going to be a picture of one of those creatures involved. I scroll past it very quickly so that I don't really have to look at it.
I think it's very nice of you to ask the question, but don't change your avatar on my account. Like I said, I just scroll past it quickly!
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However, I will not use the close up ones, nor will I make one that shows the mouth/teeth. I hope that helps some.
You have no idea how much better that makes me feel!
post #46 of 48
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Originally Posted by libby74 View Post
Well, I'm going to be completely honest and tell you "Yes, it bothers me."
I have a completely irrational fear of snakes, so muich so that you couldn't pay me to touch just a picture of one. Now, having said that, when I see your user name I figure there's going to be a picture of one of those creatures involved. I scroll past it very quickly so that I don't really have to look at it.
I think it's very nice of you to ask the question, but don't change your avatar on my account. Like I said, I just scroll past it quickly!


You have no idea how much better that makes me feel!
I'm glad you were honest about it.... seriously.... I didn't think about it at first, and I now realise that the other snake oriented one I have, would be incredibly frightening to you, and will not use it again.

I'd like to make it a win/win situation, or at least one that is not totally a lose/lose situation if that makes sense. I don't always have a snakie avatar, but I did mean what I said and the other one I've used in the past will no longer be used.... I will stay away from mouth/teeth/tongue and "in your face" shots, and stay with the style that I have now....it is indeed part of me, but if everyone responded they were bothered by it, I would change it.....

I'd like to thank you, and everyone else who does it, for giving me the courtesy of scrolling past my avatar to read my posts (as opposed to just throwing me on ignore because of my avatar), I appreciate it and will do what I can to make it as painless as possibly for all concerned.
post #47 of 48
I dont mind your avatar but I do think you are an awesome person for even considering to ask anyone else how they felt about it..You are truely an amazing person Chris..Im going to do a search though about your snakes because even though I have a fear of seeing them in the "wild" I dont mind pet snakes too much I even used to feed an old neighbors boa when he was on vacation!
post #48 of 48
A cinnamon roll? *turns head sideways and blurs eyes*... hmm maybe. Cinnamon bun would make a cute name for a snake, though!

Corns are pretty. Chances are because they come in such nice colors, and are small, that many people aren't as bothered by them as they would be seeing some snakes. My mother hates snakes but would actually stop and look in cages with bright corns.


Pamela - I don't know if you'd consider any type of therapy for that. That reaction is pretty severe and must make it difficult for you. I'm sorry you had to go through that.
Though, I honestly don't understand why anyone would take their snake to a store that sells reptiles, and commonly unhealthy ones. I'd be very worried about the slightest chance of contamination (I'll take clothes off in the utility room if I think I've possibly come in contact with a sick cat... and hope the blinds aren't open! ) - besides that, it's not really far to those who are very phobic. I've found that the perfect reptile to show most people is a turtle, surely no one is scared of them?
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