return to main index

  mobile - desktop
follow us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on YouTube link to us on LinkedIn
 
Click here for Bion Terrarium Center
Mice, Rats, Rabbits, Chicks, Quail
Available Now at RodentPro.com!
Locate a business by name: click to list your business
search the classifieds. buy an account
events by zip code list an event
Search the forums             Search in:
News & Events: Herp Photo of the Day: Lizard . . . . . . . . . .  Herp Photo of the Day: Alligator . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Costa Mesa - Apr. 26-28, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  Bay Area Amph. and Reptile Society Meeti - April 26 , 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  Suncoast Herp Society Meeting - April 27, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Gulfport - Apr. 27-28, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Chattanooga - Apr. 27-28, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  Hamburg Reptile Show - Apr. 27, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  Central Illinois Herp Society Meeting - May 02, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  Calusa Herp Society Meeting - May 02, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon New Port Richey - May 04-05, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Columbia - May 04-05, 2019 . . . . . . . . . . 

full banner - advertise here .50¢/1000 views
click here for Helix Controls
pool banner - $50 year

RE: Well, the monsters are out!

[ Login ] [ User Prefs ] [ Search Forums ] [ Back to Main Page ] [ Back to Field Notes & Observations ] [ Reply To This Message ]
[ Register to Post ]

Posted by: lithops51 at Mon Aug 8 19:49:11 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by lithops51 ]  
   

Since the subject of proper handling has been brought up, consider these thoughts;
While improper handling is obviously psychologically disturbing to the snake, the physiological effects, perhaps not as obvious, have to be taken into account. Most terrestrial snakes have no mechanisms to prevent pooling of their blood (and its subsequent raising or lowering of blood pressure) when held in a vertical position. For example, when held vertically by the head only, such a snake experiences a drop in blood pressure to the brain and a pooling of blood in its anterior body.(The opposite obviously occurs when held by the tail) In more heavy bodied snakes the same effects occur with the internal organs as well. (Hold a heavily gravid Nerodia, and you can feel the mass of young shift depending upon the orientation of the females body) Even terrestrial snakes that do, on occasion, climb usually don't do so vertically. Typically they climb at less than a 45 degree angle from horizontal. Tree snakes have a variety of mechanisms to combat these problems ("check" valves in their circulatory systems, tight skin, posteriorly located hearts, etc).
Consider this; if someone were to restrain YOU, that alone would be disconcerting. Now consider how much more distressing it would be to be restrained by your feet upside down in a vertical position!
Holding a snake in this way is no less inhumane than carrying your dog around by its rear legs.


   

[ Reply To This Message ] [ Subscribe to this Thread ] [ Show Entire Thread ]


>> Next Message:  RE: Well, the monsters are out! - grnpyro, Tue Aug 9 08:36:22 2011

<< Previous Message:  RE: Well, the monsters are out! - lampro-king, Fri Aug 5 00:39:48 2011