sarah-scales:

Woo hoo!

Complaint from an elderly customer to my boss because:

The man said “If you’re lucky I will come to your house tonight and take those snakes off your hands with a shovel”.

And I said “How would you feel if I said the same thing about your dogs?”.

"What?".

"How would you feel if I said I would come to your house and kill your dogs with a shovel".

Well! Now I’ve threatened his dogs lives. Haha my boss isn’t mad, but the double standard is real!

I’ve had that happen before, although in this case it was someone in my home for an open house who was threatening to shoot my animals in their cages.
I freely admit, I’ve never gotten over that, and never stopped wanting to cold-cock the guy (but I was only a kid at the time - yeah, he said that to a kid about her pets).

coolgame:

Having a pet snake is about trust. 

Trust that they won’t choke you when you let them wrap themselves around your neck. 

Trust that they won’t bite you. 

Trust that they won’t attack your other pets indiscriminately.

It’s also about love.

You have to love them and be patient and give them attention, but also know when to leave them alone. They need freedom and warmth. They need to feel safe.

I trust my snake. I send him positive vibes so that he know that I love him and do not mean him harm. In return he makes me laugh, gives me neck massages (lol), doesn’t bite or choke me, and gives me hope.

I love my ball python so much. Having him back this week has made me happier than I’ve been in a long time.  

No, having a pet snake is about having awareness and mindfulness.

The mindfulness to not put them around your neck and the awareness that a startled animal can react in ways you don’t expect, up to and including contracting their bodies to hang on.

The awareness that a defensive or startled or hungry animal can and will bite, and the mindfulness to not put yourself in that position.

The awareness that they are not domesticated, nor sapient, and thus, as the sapient member of the household, it’s up to you to keep them safe by keeping them away from other pets - and the mindfulness to know where they are and where other animals are when they’re being handled to prevent interaction that could be harmful.

Snakes lack the capacity for love. I adore my snakes, I’ve wept over sick or injured animals before, I’ve lost sleep over them, but they literally lack the neural structures necessary for so-called “higher” emotions. They are not social.

The best way to love and respect any animal is to be aware of what it needs and how you and your interaction will affect it at any given time, and by always putting the animal’s needs and well-being ahead of what the human wants and needs (it is a captive; the keeper is a free being; don’t punch down).

This is far more difficult and painful for humans to accomplish than anthropomorphism, by the way.

P.S. I don’t mean to be harsh, and I apologize if this is. The reason I made this post is because I feel very strongly about the appropriate mindset towards captive wild animals to minimize stress on both the keeper and kept’s side. I don’t care if people baby-talk their snakes (I do); I don’t care if they love them or put hats on them or decorate their cage exteriors with hearts and rainbows; I do care about inappropriate handling being suggested as safe because of a non-existent social bond. Ball pythons are a docile and, typically, non-defensive snake that prefers hiding or escape to defensive displays - this is why we can usually handle them with impunity, but we still need to remember that they aren’t stuffed animals.

7stripes:

Leucistic Texas rat snake by Julian Rossi

Thanks for leaving my credit on there, as so very many people don’t.

7stripes:

Leucistic Texas rat snake by Julian Rossi

Thanks for leaving my credit on there, as so very many people don’t.

John Janzen Nature Centre, July 2014 on Flickr.
John Janzen Nature Centre, July 2014 on Flickr.
John Janzen Nature Centre, July 2014 on Flickr.
John Janzen Nature Centre, July 2014 on Flickr.
wesleylock:

First time on photoshop in a long time. 
Messed around with a dragon doodle from today. 

Beautiful.

wesleylock:

First time on photoshop in a long time. 

Messed around with a dragon doodle from today. 

Beautiful.

Typhon on Flickr.

Typhon on Flickr.

Just got an email regarding a snake I sold six years ago (offering him back to me). Wow. People actually keep their promises?

I shouldn’t be so jaded. People want to be good.

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