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RE: Musings of a Student/ Why I'm a Milkman

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Posted by: captainjack0000 at Thu Jan 10 22:24:31 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by captainjack0000 ]  
   

The keepers of some other species are less likely, for some reason, to be "naturalists", it seems.

What sort of divisions have you found besides naturalist and non-naturalist? I know it is usually bad practice to generalize groups of people, but I would be curious to see what other differences arise. Without trying to offend anybody, here is what I have found. (Again, just conjecture).

Corn snakes - many first time snake owners, usually parents with younger kids, or teens who wanted a snake but weren't ready (or allowed) to have something bigger or more difficult to care for. I have found mixed interests, and mixed political views. Usually a general interest in nature/science, but nothing too dedicated.

Ball python - some more advanced folks from the corn snake group, but also a large portion of BP keepers are older, into breeding, and feel like their BP breeding is a business venture. It seems like many BP keepers have conservative political leanings. This might simply be because of the connection BPs have with keepers of larger pythons.

The big python and boa keepers seem individualistic and independent. I say this because most of my experience with them is their complaints about legislation and their right to keep large animals is being taken away from them by the government.

Milkmen (and women) - Most of the folks who have a naturalist approach want animals that are from their particular region or animals whose wild types are striking. There is little interest in the pet trade created genetic variations. Maybe an albino here or there, but not the triple recessive stuff. They migh have a corn or ball in their collection, but might also enjoy a kingsnake, bull snake or hognose snake equally as well. The snakes that are 'natural' so to speak.


   

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