Snakes not recommended as pets

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  1. Harimoni Proudswift

    Harimoni Proudswift Not so new Member

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    My mum's told me that some places, including the Australian Reptile Park, don't recommend that people keep snakes as pets because they're not very friendly and not the type of animal that likes human contact.
     
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    Wally Subscriber Subscriber Power Seller

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    Yup

    Snakes aren't that friendly and have evolved to the point where interaction with humans is to be avoided where possible.

    Not that surprising really.....

    They are fun to keep though....
     
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    The best pet would be a dog or a rat, if you want a pet that will bond with you socially. Some lizards like bearded dragons are cool with some human interation, but they don't have much interest in doing anything other than eating or chilling out.
     
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    That is true but I still keep pythons as well as lizards because I like to observe their behaviour and they DO interact with us.
     
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    For some people these are the exact reasons they can be good pets.

    For people who travel, don't want to handle, would otherwise feel guilty not having enough time to interact etc
     
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    One of the Best bonding pets are budgies. My little 4 year old budgie is like my shadow at home.
     
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    Snakes shouldn't be kept as "pets" in the first place. Thats likely half the issue.
     
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    Its a fine line for sure. I wonder how many people have actually given serious consideration to the reasons why they keep what they do.
     
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    What a load of rubbish. And this coming from people who apparently like reptiles!

    Why wouldn't snakes be considered good pets? They're awesome pets! They're clean, low maintenance and easy to care for with proper research. Pets are defined as an animal kept by humans for pleasure. It doesn't mean that they have to be friendly and cuddly, and you have to bond with them. In most cases I find needy attention-seeking mammals to be irritating. I like my reptiles. I feed and care for them, and every once and a while I'll pull them out to admire them. There's just something incredibly soothing when you watch a snake gracefully cruising about, interacting with its surroundings. I'll take that any day over a farting dog sitting on my lap, licking its genitalia, and eating its own feces.
     
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    Good point Kayla.
    Better pets than fish and how many people have an aquarium at home?
     
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    I actually don't mind fish either.
     
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    Could never see the point myself
     
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    I guess they're a bit like snakes. They can be beautiful to look at. Some fish can be highly interactive. A well designed aquarium can be a magnificent feature. I don't keep fish myself but I enjoy viewing aquariums whenever I visit someone who has them. But each to their own, I guess. Some people want a pet they can cuddle and bond with, while others are just as happy to do without.
     
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    +1 for rats.
     
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    I guess it’s whatever floats your boat .
    Spiders , dogs , snakes . I’ve seen ants for sale on gum tree and other web sites so i guess a good pet is some thing that interest you in keeping ...


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    I have a room dedicated solely to aquariums. Nothing more soothing than the sound of running water and watching fish. Like a massage for your mind at the end of a long day.
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    Always liked the idea of aquariums but very overwhelming when people show me the filter set up and start talking about that side of it ...


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    Aquariums can seem overwhelming but the key is the bigger they are the easier they are to maintain. I've got some teeny tiny 10, 20 & 30 litre nano setups, they look awesome but they are a very fragile system that can "crash" in a very short time. My larger 600-1000 litre setups are a dream to maintain. They virtually look after themselves.
    The more water an aquarium holds, the easier it is to maintain.
     
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    Absolutely correct
     
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    Harimoni Proudswift Not so new Member

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    Not every pet has to be cute and cuddly. Look at the people who keep spiders as pets. Spiders aren't cute and cuddly, but some people still choose to keep them as pets rather than having a dog or cat.
     
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