Snake danger to infants?

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  1. Bel03

    Bel03 Very Well-Known Member

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    Im sure there are alot of myths on this topic.....like the 'my snake was sizing me up to eat me' craze. BUT, like that couple overseas, who are now in jail (where i think they belong) who had that massive snake which hadnt eaten for a year in a tank with a blanket draped over the top as a lid.......which of course led to the loss of their 2y.o after the snake strangled her, it CAN happen. The point is though, people like that probably shouldnt own snakes let alone breed children, you coming on here asking a question about the risks shows that you are not that sort of person, you obviously have common sense, & as i said above, that is really all it takes to keep everyone safe, including your pet!!
     
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    Blue if you added in the relevant herp societies and licencing info from other states your post should be sticky'd somewhere on this site. Short, succinct but thorough and direct - exactly the information any new person is looking for.


    Back to the original thread, just don't leave it out unsupervised. As long as you're responsible and depending on where you live your baby is probably at more risk from a wild snake potentially coming inside (which also most likely won't ever happen). You'll be fine.
     
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    I tried to send you a PM but having problems PM me your email address. I live in perth and will happily help you
     
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    Get the Stimson's Noodles is the best! What ever you get as long as you teach your kids how to handle them with soft fingers. Just make sure you handle them often, with us it's just a matter of who's helping out while mum cleans out the tanks and if they've been handled heaps when they're younger they know the routine...
    Have fun and even if any of the snakes did get out they're more likely to curl up on you and watch TV lol...
    Happy herping...
     

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    What about a children python's there good
    I have 2 a male and a female
    And there even elcho island so there yummy
     
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    couldn't have said it better myself
     
  7. Leasdraco

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    Common sense is always the way to go.there is no reason why you couldnt safely keep a pet snake with kids around.
     
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    thank you very much for the help everyone :) awesome info! really appreciate it :) will check out those books mentioned by blue :)
     
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    I think the biggest risk of having reptiles when you have children under 5yo is salmonella. While the most common cases of salmonella infections are caused by contaminated food, these germs can also be caught by handling animals, including reptiles. Young children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness it where the germ may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Young children are at increased risk for Salmonella infection because their immune systems are still developing and because they are more likely than others to put their fingers or other items into their mouths.

    However, with good hygiene practice you should not be too worried about it (unless your children have weaker-than-normal immunity system). My two youngest ones are 4 and 2yo and I have been keeping turtles, bearded dragon and recently pythons as well and never have any problems. Just make sure they wash their hands thoroughly after handling the animals and not put their fingers in their mouth while handling (this is easier in theory than in practice!)
     
  10. Snowman

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    We're expecting soon and so many people have asked will we be getting rid of the snakes... People have some really strange ideas about pet pythons. If one was to escape it would seek out a dark warm spot somewhere. Not go looking for babies to strangel. I tell people that having a cat around a baby is far more dangerous and they dont believe me...
    Sleeping cat suffocates baby - Telegraph
     
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    Links didn't work mate ^^
     
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    @thundermamma wow that's scary, will keep that in mind :)

    @skeptic, I couldn't open your links mate :?
     
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    There is more chance of the child harming the snake than vica versa.
    My kids grew up with an array of snakes in the home including some rather big fellas and have grown up with a great appreciation and respect of all animals.
     
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    my 8.5 month old goddaughter loves my coastal. i wouldnt let her near my spotted because he was a demon snake and i didnt trust him one bit but alix loves patches and cracks up when shes crawling all over her arms
     
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    Thats so true TM...... ie, dont let your young'uns bite the python :shock::lol:

    On the bacteria front..... I reckon kids bought up with dogs, cats, reptiles in thier lives devellop better immune systems (unless they are allergic or have weak immune systems). In other words, the germs the littlies interact with will strengthen thier immune system....... imagine a child who has never patted a dog or cat.... reptile..... horse. Never dug in the garden (where the cat has done his business) etc.... then they come in contact with an animal...... very little immunity.
    If they have had cats, dogs, horses, rats, reptiles.... thier immune system will go thru the bugs like a D9 bulldozer :lol:

    IE: The more pets and animals (but still using good hygene) the kids are exposed to in thier life.... the more they will be able to handle as they get older..... all just my untrained opinion ;)

    You know the old saying.... what dont kill you...... makes you stronger :lol:
     
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    No good on th attachment again. Try each on a different line or put spaces between them?
     
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    Don't listen to your frend snake are great.
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    And the one your geting is a small snake so don't wory:D
     
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