at Sat Jan 15 17:26:28 2005 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by viperbitex ]
I would just like to make the point that their is no such thing as a tame reptile. A tamed down reptile, you can handle, but you ALWAYS have to watch it's body language because they could always strike. Ten years ago, people were terrified of large boas, thinking that they were mean ferocious creatures that could never be handled. I have read on several sites that people have tamed down king cobras (KING COBRAS!!) enough were they can pick them up without getting bitten. Am I saying it is wise to handle a hot snake? Of course not, but that is why I was asking questions about venomoids. Yes they extremely dangerous animals, and yes they are still potentially dangerous when they are de-vemonized. But almost all reptiles are dangerous; moniters, burmese pythons, anacondas, and tegus (I could go on forever) but people have these creatures as pets and are perfectly happy handling them. You could get bitten by a rotty or pit bull way WAY worse then getting bitten by any non venomous or venomoid reptile. I don't believe in personally owning an animal that is condemmed to one space for it's whole life, so that is why I won't own an animal that I can't hold, or something that I couldn't tame down enough to hold. I was asking to get info from people with hands on knoledge of these animals so I could make an educated decision, not for people to jump down my throat about it. I got one responce that was informative at all. Oh, and by the way...Yes, go ask someone who lost a leg if it still hurts...most of them will say yes.
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