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Posted by: mike_anthony at Mon Jan 16 01:38:08 2006 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by mike_anthony ]
The answer to your question regarding the keeping of venomoids not only involves the ethical problems of physically altering the snake. There are many other problems involved with owning a venomoid as a means to "learn" about proper handling techniques as well as problems in developing a respect for the animal. It is very easy to become comfortable with the fact that a venomoid can not envenomate you. This heightened comfort level of knowing that the snake is no longer venomous can easily lead to neglecting safety protocols. Many venomoid keepers routinely place their hands into the snakes' enclosures to retrieve water bowls, or to clean etc...and their hands come within inches of the snake. They have no fear of the snake because they know that it will not envenomate them if they were to receive a bite. Those same comfort levels may remain even if the person decides to make the transition to owning a venomous collection. In effect, the person who purchased a venomoid to "learn" about keeping hots, may have only acquired bad habits and failed to develope a healthy respect for venomous snakes. The idea of owning a venomoid in order to gain an understanding about how to properly care for and handle a venomous snake, is ridiculous and quite possibly dangerous. The only way to prepare you for the owning of a venomous snake, is to fully educate yourself about each species that you plan to keep. Also, it is absolutely necessary to mentor under an individual who has successfully maintained a venomous collection, and who has the required experience and knowledge to formally train you.
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