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RE: Can reticulated python harm my baby?

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Posted by: willstill at Fri Mar 22 14:57:24 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by willstill ]  
   

Hi,

I love retics and have kept them extensivley in the past. My VPI Thai yellowheads were favorites. They were small (by retic standards) and gentle. With that being said, I do think you do have a risky situation occuring. Retics instinctively recognize primates as a surce of food. This has been demonstrated repeatedly in SE Asia.

So, is an accident likely to happen? No. But could a tragedy occur? Yes. The risk does rise substantially if the snake is kept in a poorly designed cage (as yours appears to be, from your description). If it were me, I would demand a secure, locking cage in a locked room if you are going to permit the snake to remain in your house at all.

However, for me personally, there is no level of risk, however minute, that would justify me keeping a potentially giant snake (which it will be very soon) in the house with an infant. Snakes are replaceable, children are not. Just my opinion though, I'm sure others here would disagree.

Unfortunately, It looks as if you're going to have an uncomfortable conversation in the near future. Good luck.

Will


   

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