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  • Started 3 months ago by didimauw
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  1. didimauw

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    So our daughter turned 6 in December. And she had been talking about getting a pet for her birthday. A pet she really really really wanted. I have always wanted this certain pet when I was growing up as well, so it was a shoe in for me.

    This is Sophie. A 5 month old female Ball Python.
    Boy is she truly a sweetheart!

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. spartacus

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    Nice addition. My grandaughter has one as well. Do you feed live or frozen?

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  3. trouttimes

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    Dude! That's a snake! Coming from GA, we don't like snakes. Get her a dog, a cat or even better a horse. Those are proper pets.

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    We feed her frozen thawed. She eats good too. We feed her outside the cage in a separate container. I know there's a lot of debate about that and we believe that's the best way for us. She perks right up when we she sees her feeding box!

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    Your daughter and my grandson (he'll be 5 in March) should hang out together. He has two domestic rats for pets. Are rats and snakes compatible?

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    That's my least favorite part....I grew up with rats as pets. Had 6 over the years. Not anymore I guess!

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    Poor choice, IMHO, but who knows? Your daughter may become a world renowned herpetologist one day. Waddya do when the thing gets to 20 feet long and 300 lbs.?

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    Wow...that would take 5 ball pythons....lol

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    Shudder!

    But if she's happy, she's happy! Good work.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    So, not gonna get big enough to squeeze a 6 yr. old, I take it.

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    Lol no 4 -5 feet max, but that's in a time span of 25 years

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    Funny, but less conventional pets -- and reptiles are really not so unconventional anymore -- can often be good ones. Rats have the association with pestilence, but when domesticated and bred, they are smart, friendly, and companionable in many cases, and they are much smarter than you'd think. Wild rats find their way into labs housing rats to get food and romance, and do so for long term despite pest control efforts. The only aspect I'd adamantly avoid is bonding with venomous snakes. A local, well-published writer here was an avid rattlesnake man and was forever getting bitten, and stopping off at a bar for a few drinks before going to get treated. Your daughter looks entirely pleased with her friend, and will learn a lot from keeping such a companion animal. Oh, and I meant to mention, in UK and maybe other places, there is an actual rat fancy, like a cat fancy, where rats are bred for specific traits, groomed lovingly, and shown in competitions like cat shows. This would seem bizarre to me, but having kept hamsters as a child, and having known about rats from my work place (labs) I understand this a little better. Rats are quite thoughtful; who knew? This snake makes me think of the really huge snakes I've seen at zoos, the anaconda; those things are immense, and have been known to eat the occasional human, though only for special occasions.

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    Snakes horrible things .

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    My friend had one for a couple years till it got loose in his apartment complex and was mistaken for a normal snake and not a pet.

    "I'm a kind person, I'm kind to everyone, but if you are unkind to me, then kindness is not what you will remember me for." - Al Capone
    Posted 3 months ago #

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