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.
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reticulated, Burmese pythons) are bred and domestically produced here in the U.S. and are not wild caught despite outdated claims to the contrary.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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.