• This Is Coming From A Snake Owner.

    Snakes are not vicious or dangerous animals, unless treated so. I have a big boa constrictor, that is the friendliest and most lovable pet you'll ever come across. He can sit on your neck all day without choking you to death. He's also good with my bunny, cat, and 2 dogs.

  • Yes, millions are already kept

    There are over 75 recognized species and subspecies of pythons and boas, many of which do not exceed 2-5 feet. Most species are unknown and incapable of causing a human fatality. There is some level of voluntarily accepted occupational risk associated with keeping some of the larger species (and other reptiles), but statistically and historically, do not involve third party members of the public. There have been only 10 constrictor fatalities since 1990, which amounts to less than 1 death per year. Many more fatalities per year are caused by vending machines (the similarity is that both are occupational hazards in nature), falling coconuts, icicles, falls or trips from beds and stairs, defective household appliances, and just about everything else. In fact, most routine activities and pastimes encountered in everyday life are, or have the potential to be dangerous or have caused fatalities. Massive65 also responds that there are more dogs kept than snakes, but if public safety is the underlying argument behind such public policy, than statistical odds of death or injury to a member of the general public caused by dogs per capita are still higher than they are for snakes. Escaped pet snakes are simply not ambushing or chasing down civilians in droves.

    Large constrictors have accounted for some of the lowest number of fatalities per captive animals, significantly less than horses and many other domestics. Most of the larger constrictor species (Boa constrictors, reticulated, Burmese pythons) are bred and domestically produced here in the U.S. and are not wild caught despite outdated claims to the contrary. These animals can be and are maintained quite safely and responsibly by millions of people provided basic husbandry practices are met, as with the keeping of any animal.

  • Snakes are swag

    If the snake man in Australia is allowed pet snakes then we should be allowed them to. Secondly snakes need help since they can be eaten in the wild and they will become extinct like other animals. Lastly snakes are awesome kids will love them and look after it as it has so much #swag

  • There is nothing with with Snakes.

    Most people are just afraid of snakes cause they think there "evil" or that there all poisonous. When really they can be really cool pets. I have my own snake, His name is Scar and he is a Ball Python. In my opinion snakes are lovely and mysterious animals. I hate the fact people are killing them just for there skin.. I guess all we do is kill things that might be a threat to us without even seeing if it is or not.

  • They're really cool.

    They are very cool to have and I like snakes. It's just because people don't care for them once they get them and they let them roam all everywhere and cause problems for the natural environment of a particular area. Nevertheless, they shouldn't be banned, certain people just shouldn't have them.

  • Although these are highly misunderstood animals, they are definitely great pets for those who are interested and understand their needs.

    Every kind of "exotic" pet is often misrepresented as a difficult animal to take care of that is uncomfortable in captivity and a threat to people and the animal itself. This simply isn't true. Anyone who gets a pet must research what the commitment requires, because no matter how "domestic" or "wild" the animal is, it has physical and psychological needs that must be met. The reality is that the needs of any snake are fairly easy to meet than that of more traditional pets such as dogs and cats. While dogs need extra mental needs that must be met such as territory, attention and enrichment, all a snake needs are a secure environment and some respect. As far as physical needs, a snake only needs to be fed approximately once a week and needs fresh water. Animal activists will claim that reptiles need special environment in which to survive. While this is true, it isn't impossible to attain, with the basics being security, warmth and proper moisture which can be set up with simple devices bought at local pet stores. These can include misting bottles and heat pads, and provided with this kind of care, most reptiles thrive in captivity with little attention required.
    Activists can often be heard saying that these reptiles pose a threat to society. Using their own statistics, 17 people have been killed by large constrictors in the U.S. Since 1990 up to 2012. This can be compared to the average of 26 people being killed by dogs every year. And although exotic pet keepers are set aside as a minority, millions of people across the nation do keep animals like these as pets. In fact, from 2008 to 2010 alone, 313,524 constrictor snakes were imported to the U.S. That does NOT count for the even larger number of snakes that are produced by breeders and pet shops. Compared to the large number of these animals kept in captivity, the numbers when calculated and compared to other domestic animals in captivity indicate that these snakes present no immediate threat to the keeper, and, upon inspection of the incidents, nobody outside of the keeper and their immediate family are at risk of injury or attack. Keepers have argued that snake behavior is very predictable, and speaking from a personal perspective, their actions are extremely evident from their rather obvious body language.

  • They do not make good pets

    Snakes may as well survive in the wild. Being kept in captivity would be cruel and greedy. Snakes aren't domesticated like cats and dogs, so they may be vicious. Snakes may also be exposed to abuse since they are caged. A newbie owner may neglect the snake. It would be cruel to imprison an animal that's meant to survive in the wild. The same can't be said about dogs, where they are domesticated to the point where most survival instincts are lost

  • No way hosa

    Some exotic snakes can poison you and be aggressive because there not used to us people. What if a child got bit or something. Not the best pet and don't they belong in the wild. So basicly we should just leaved them alone, i'm not saying you can't have a corn snake but not like a ball python

  • Snake as well as poisonous reptiles are of great danger to its keeper, regardless of how it is considered.

    You stated that 17 people have been killed amongst 313,524 who kept snakes as pets while 26 dog keepers are killed. The flaw of the argument here is that the number of people who keep snake as a pet could be estimated in several millions in the US alone; the danger is thus many times higher. As a matter of fact most American homes have 1-2 dogs.
    I do agree that hobbies are hobbies irrespective of how danger it is. However, people should distinguish safe and dangerous ones. Unlike exotic pets, dogs or cats are intrinsically friendly thus highly unlikely to harm their owners unless they are stray pets or improperly injected while snakes, obviously, can attack their owners when provoked, especially during mating season.
    I agree that there are safety measures to eradicate the danger elements from exotic pets but owners are still exposed to the risk nonetheless.

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murderonfire says2013-11-10T04:32:04.057
Lastly, some have argued that the practice of reptile keeping is a threat to the environment through importation and the release of pets. Although the procedure of importation of snakes from their native regions is ongoing, the way it is executed has dramatically changed since the reptile trade blossomed in the early 1980's. There once was a time when country natives and explorers ventured into the wilderness where adult snakes were sought after and captured, originally for the skin trade, but some specimens were also exported alive for the rapidly growing herpetocultural pet market, where they arrived stressful and often carrying parasites. This is how animal rights organizations such as Born Free USA and the Humane Society of the United States still portray the practice. But this is simply no longer the case. Since then, importation procedure has evolved from the collection of these animals from the wilderness to farming them and exporting the farm bred offspring to the U.S. And European market. This change has shifted to a much lesser impact on the environment, leaving wild populations rather undisturbed at this point. Furthermore, the imported offspring, now starting life in a domestic environment, adjust well to captive life. Another important point is the introduction of captive breeding in the domestic environment. This is, in fact, the most popular way of obtaining any pet reptile, and is where private breeders in the U.S. Produce offspring from animals who also originate from the captive environment, or have been adjusted to the captive environment. This has no negative impact on the species’ native population whatsoever, and actually further prevents the collection of wild animals by providing domestically produced offspring as a better alternative. This is how most snakes, such as ball pythons, blood pythons, and boa constrictors among many others are produced today. Another environmentally fueled point that has been brought up is the impact of feral snake populations on local environments. A study was released by the United States Geological Survey that stated that nine medium to large constrictor snakes could become invasive in the entire southern region of the United States. This was surrounding media reports of Burmese pythons that have become established in southern Florida. However, despite this statement from the USGS and hysteria that evolved in the media due to the fact these are large snakes, many scientists, including those from the University of Texas among several others across the globe, have disputed this as unscientific, and some scientist were rather furious of how inaccurate the press release was. In fact, the validity of this must be questioned since, after all, the study stated that the snakes can spread as far north as Virginia and Oklahoma, where the humidity is lower than what is suitable to the animal’s growth, and more importantly, where temperatures drops below freezing are common during the winter months. Another study by a university in Florida discovered that the winter temperatures of northern Florida and Georgia proved fatal to the snakes. Of all the animals tested on, all but one perished, and that last python was in a critical state with a respiratory infection before the study was deemed complete. The end result was that, despite hysteria, unbiased science reveals that these snakes do not provide a threat to the ecosystem of the United States beyond southern Florida, where only two species have become established, and their impact isn’t as severe as it is portrayed to be. This is relatively mild compared to other more prominent invasive pests, such as feral hogs, cats, and dogs which can be found throughout the continent and have decimated the local environments.
In the end, should we really ban these fascinating animals as pets? Many have made it their livelihood and career to collect and breed these snakes, while others simply keep them as additional members of their families. Despite their relatively gentle nature and steady popularity, the media continues cloud the eyes of the populace with sensationalized reports of these interesting pets, and people still promote bans of these creatures without any unbiased reasoning, and it simply shouldn’t be that way.