at Fri Nov 18 10:26:46 2005 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rearfang ]
This basically has more to do with the expertise and presentation by the keeper. I have seen Greg work a number of times with venomous in reptile shows. His presentation was professional, very matter of fact, and he never went for the cheap thrill some do.
And that is the point. The extra precausions such as locks and hooks demonstrate that these are animals that need to be respected. Also, the way a handler works with unaltered hots is different.
Venomoid handlers do not have the sense of precaution with their animals as they have less to fear. This additude is projected to the audience-especially children (who do notice)and actually lessens their respect for what a truly venomous snake is capable of. It presents an inacurate picture.
Why use venomous in a show? The obvious reason is to educate people about what they might find when away from the city streets-both the pro and con. Venomoids are an entertainment snake first, as you may handle them (again) with less concerns but for the same reason inferior to an unaltered animal.
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