Snakes not recommended as pets

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  1. Bl69aze

    Bl69aze Very Well-Known Member

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    That’s called having a fascination//wanting to start a hobby OR they arent allowed a dog/cat because of landlords
     
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    Yep, I keep spiders too. They can live for 25 years, longer than any cat or dog.
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    Got several scorpions and Centipedes too.
     
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    This ^

    I work full time, am a single mum running a household with a 15 year old and I’m studying to be a vet nurse... I don’t get a lot of downtime and like keeping reptiles as pets because they are low maintenance and don’t care if I don’t handle them for months on end. In fact, I would hazard a guess in saying they probably prefer it that way.
     
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    Harimoni Proudswift Not so new Member

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    Believe it or not, some cats can live well past 25 years. Currently, the world's oldest cat is a 30-year-old Siamese from Texas. The oldest cat ever recorded lived to be 38.
     
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    Damn. That would have to be a rare occurrence. I think I saw something a while back, could have been Australia's oldest cat, was like 23, blind, deaf, the whole deal. Thought that was a pretty good wicket. I've got a mate at work who's got 2 Jack Russell Terriers; Clancy & Murphy and they're 19 & 20. The oldest dog ever to have lived in Britain was a Jack Russell which died in 2014 aged 25. Jack's (as a breed) have a highly protected gene pool and are renowned for being very long lived as far as K9's go and they're my all time fave dog breed. :)
     
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    my last cat lived to 21,thought she was going to live forever, the way she moved and ate all day, then one day, went to take the bin out :( and there she was all curled up in the sun
     
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    Can you believe the oldest recorded dog in the world was an Australian cattle dog from Victoria?? Lived to be 29 years and 5 months, from 1910-1939. That's insane. Most likely never saw a yearly C5 injection or a worm tablet and all the other modern meds our dogs get today. Probably just lived off table scraps.
     
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    i do believe it, it would have to be 100% pure cattle though, none of this hybrid stuff that every single dog seems to be now
     
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    My dad has his father's Sulphur crested cockatoo. It's about 109 now. Was about 75 when pop died in 1983.
     
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    Dogs aren't hybrids, different breeds are the same species.


    Edit: I'm sorry this made me sound like a nitpicking butthole, wasn't the goal.
     
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    Then what exactly are they????
     
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    In December 2009, "Julius Squeezer", a 6-metre-long Burmese python, died at the age of 43. The average lifespan for a Burm is 20-30 years.
     
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    A lot of turtles don't even start breeding til that age. :p all my turtles are in my legal will. They're all gonna outlive me by decades. Haha.
     
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    i meant cross breeding different breeds :L
     
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    Yes I knew it and really shouldn't have been a butthole and just kept it to myself.

    For some reason I have to admit that the word hybrid being used wrong makes my eye twitch, when realistically everyone knows what you meant, and I should've been an adult and shut up. Apologies.
     
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    I like the fact you have implemented this. I’m not yet 40, so not dying anytime soon, but definitely gives me something to think about (Unexpected death/accident) If one were to pass away suddenly & you had family that were ‘meh’ about snakes, is there a plan in place? Would they keep them? Do they know herp contacts of yours that may be able to re home or adopt them? What are your wishes for them etc.


    Anyone else:

    PET Insurance. Do you have it?
    What about contents insurance. If your house caught on fire, of course nothing could replace an animal you loved and lost. But some animals go up in the 1000’s!! Worth considering. Also is theft of a pet covered under pet or house insurance??

    Currently my GTP is worth more than my wedding rings. They are insured but he is not...

    (Note to self, must check my policy)
     
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    I’m not sure you can get pet insurance for reptiles :eek:
    Atleast not from one of the big names
     
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    Hi Lanea, YES, contrary to popular belief you can insure your snakes BUT, it is very expensive. You would need to go through a specialist livestock insurer such as those used by farmers. Its been a while since I had a quote but it was a ridiculous sum that I couldn't justify. (If the Kardashians can insure their asses I'm sure you can insure just about anything if the price is right)

    House/contents insurance will cover the enclosures BUT if the enclosures are homemade/wired and can be blamed for any loss from a fire the insurance company may quickly back away from paying out. Electrical work should be done by a qualified sparky or you risk loosing everything.

    https://www.quoterack.com.au/UnusualRareBreedsPetInsurance.aspx
     
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    ??? Loads of people at the reptile park constantly tell visitors that they're a joy to keep when I go there.
     
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    thats right snakes are the best pets there clean they are low maintenance and there a lot calmer than a dog especially children's pythons
     
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