10 Reasons Why "I" Would Love to Try My Hand at Handling Snakes

Writer's note: This piece is not intended to make light of those who believe that "handling" poisonous snakes is their interpretation of the verse, "thou shall take up serpents and drink poison and shall not die." I am not their judge. Or yours. I just go by what Jesus said in the New Testament (translated) about "this" passage. (Kenneth).

The Mountain King Snake makes a good snake for beginners who want a snake for a pet.
The Mountain King Snake makes a good snake for beginners who want a snake for a pet. | Source
The Corn Snake may look dangerous, but in reality, it is a docile serpent who likes solidarity and lots of petting.
The Corn Snake may look dangerous, but in reality, it is a docile serpent who likes solidarity and lots of petting. | Source

God and His thinking

God, in the beginning, gave all living things a certain amount of common sense. Mankind was included in His thinking of giving them a tool that would help them in certain situations if, they would only use it.

I confess that over my 62 years of life, I have endured my share of problems simply because I did not use common sense. Yes, in some of these embarrassing situations, I paid the price, and did come away the more-humble and a bit wiser.

I can still hear those around me whose anger I kindled by my ignorant actions, "Do you not have a sign of common sense?" I cleaned-up that remark due to most who asked these things of me used a lot of profanities I guess to get their point across to me.

This display is NOT what I am talking about in my topic of "Handling Snakes."

The Rhino Rat Snake will clamp down on your finger and will have to be coaxed into letting go. That is the extent of the danger it will present.
The Rhino Rat Snake will clamp down on your finger and will have to be coaxed into letting go. That is the extent of the danger it will present. | Source

I am warning you here and now

Today's hair-raising hub deals with something I have never took on as a writer. And as a loving-warning, I advise everyone that "if you have ever been interested in handling snakes, be sure that the snake(s) are not venomous."

And to make sure that I will not get any angry or profane comments, if the images of non-poisonous snakes which appear on this hub make you uncomfortable, please read another hub that is in my collection.

All who want a snake to pet, watch this video

Tips For Having a Pet Snake

1.) Choose a Good Beginner Snake -- Not just any old snake will do. Many experts recommend the corn snake, ball python, and kings snake as good pet snakes.

2.) Know The Risks -- Bites from your pet snake is not the focal point (though the risk is small, accidents can happen). Snakes can carry Salmonella, which can leave you feeling quite ill (it’s not wise to have kids under five because of this). If you have children in the house, make sure they learn to wash their hands after handling the snake. Wash your hands, too!

3.) Understanding What Snakes Like -- Snakes are, typically solitary creatures. They most definitely do not enjoy crowds or loud noises. If you have plans to attend a Blake Shelton concert, just forget it. And because of their solitary nature, it’s usually best to have just one snake per household. Try to keep the snake handling to a minimum, as most snakes aren't the touchy-feely type. But remember, you do need to handle your snake for about five minutes a day so as it is used to human contact. They also love consistency and routines, so stick to the same routine for feeding, changing of water, and cleaning the tank.

4.) The Right Environment is Key -- This doesn't mean grabbing some dirt, water, and flora from the tropical rain forests of South America, but you do need to create the right environment for your pet snake to thrive in. This means maintaining the temperature and humidity at the proper levels. Check reputable resources such as PetSmart’s Care Guides, to get the correct temperature and humidity ranges for your pet.


When you know your pet’s requirements fit a terrarium with two thermometers and a hygrometer (humidity gauge) to ensure your pet has the ideal environment. A heat lamp is a great heat source, but only use this for half the tank, as your snake likes having a cool retreat from time to time, too. Heat rocks look nice, but in reality they are not safe for a snake's sensitive skin. A plant placed cleverly inside the habitat, along with an extra water bowl under the lamp, can also help you reach the get the desired level of humidity. But if you live in a dry environment, you can place a humidifier near (not in) the tank or use a reptile fogging system designed to be used inside your snake's habitat

A myth says that a Corn Snake during shedding when it is finished shedding its old skin, will then bite you. This is only a myth.
A myth says that a Corn Snake during shedding when it is finished shedding its old skin, will then bite you. This is only a myth. | Source
The California King Snake is a good snake to begin your adventure to keep a snake as a pet.
The California King Snake is a good snake to begin your adventure to keep a snake as a pet. | Source
Sure, this is ugly, but it is what can happen if you try to handle a poisonous snake.
Sure, this is ugly, but it is what can happen if you try to handle a poisonous snake. | Source
A Ball Python is another snake that is easy to handle.
A Ball Python is another snake that is easy to handle. | Source

I call this offering

10 Reasons Why "I" Would Love to Handle Snakes

10.) Something to Prove - - not to myself only, but to a few of the bullies who made my life a living Hades throughout my school days. In other parts of this civilized world, people holding a snake in their hands is not uncommon, but around my rural area of Alabama, yep. Sweat will pop-out on bullies' heads and some may urinate in their pants when I show-up without notice and holding a safe Corn snake. "Now who's running for their life?" I would humbly ask.

9.) Having Some Fun - - just like all of the explorers of long ago, Columbus, Ponce De Leon, and Thomas Edison, I see myself as an explorer of sorts to have some clean fun being able to handle a pet snake without fainting or having a cardiac arrest.

8.) Giving My Pet Snake - - a popular name. Hey, we name our pet dogs, cats, and hamsters, so why not our pet snakes? "Snapper," "Peter, " or "Butcher," are my top three names for my pet snake. That is if I ever convince my wife that snakes are cleaner than cats or dogs. I will stop here out of respect for a dear friend and hubber, Catgypsy, being a cat lover along with others on HubPages who are dog lovers also.

7.) Keeping My Home - - clear of all who venture near my front door to solicit my money for all kinds of gimmicks such as "Sunrise Indicators" which ironically, are solar-powered and "Pollen Fans," which is nothing more than a small electric fan disguised with a lot of buttons and fancy colors. Let these time-wasters just glimpse my Mountain King Snake (see photo), and then it's "farewell to you, 'Mr. Solicitor.'"

6.) Why Not a Snake - - for a pet? I have never experienced this side of life: Adventurous, so having a pet snake would fulfill that desire to do something that I have never tried.

5.) Easy to Care For - - as per the research (in blue text box), I find it more economical to have a pet snake for their food is not that pricey. Snakes like huge roaches, mice, and things that would otherwise pester us.

4.) Doing a Service - - for my fellow members of mankind. All snakes are not dangerous. I wish we could get that fact into our heads. Even poisonous snakes serve a purpose. Rats are eaten by Cobra's on the farms of rice farmers in India, but during the daytime, the rice farmer can plant and harvest his rice in peace without fear of being bitten by his "perfect rat exterminator."

3.) Takes My Mind - - off of my having to stick to a rigorous diet my cardiologist put me on when he treated me for congestive heart failure. I get so weary of people on television and in real life eating tasty pizza, cheeseburgers, ice cream shakes and more. I can only pretend that the raw cucumber in my hand is a freshly-grilled rib eye steak. Get my point?

2.) Making Some Money - - by allowing, for a nominal fee, friends and others to tour whatever room I am keeping my pet snake. Sure it's only one snake, but maybe over time, I can build myself a real, true-life snake farm like they have all along the interstates heading to Florida and Louisiana.

1.) Teaching My Pet Snake - - something that "he" has not tried. Something like drinking coffee, watching "Andy Griffith Show" reruns, and such. Look at it from the snake's viewpoint. Up until now, his life has just been a labor to survive those ignorant folk who all believe that snakes are of the devil. Wrong! And all that "he" has to look forward to is a few bugs and maybe a mouse or two. Just maybe "he" will love coffee so much, that he will join my wife and me each morning as we watch HLN News with Robin Meade, who by the way, is not a snake lover.

Note: Seriously, this hub was fun to write. I can tell you that not that I would dislike having a non-venomous snake for a pet, but that means I would have to keep it confined in a terrarium around the clock and I cannot stand to see a wild (or tame) creature all penned-up and having no freedom at all.

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MizBejabbers 8 months ago

Your hub was also fun to read. Snakes don't bother me because they are God's creatures, too, but I would never have a pet that eats other live animals. (Oh, forget that statement, my cat, Cici, can get pretty mean with mice sometimes.) My granddaughter had pet snakes in a terrarium when she was about nine years old. The family also had a pet iguana that lived under the kitchen cabinet, too, but that's another story.

The corn snake kind of resembles a coral snake, so I wouldn't get close enough to tell the difference. We had a king snake that lived under our rock steps for several years. Every time we carried the darned thing off, it came back, and we were minus our beloved little frogs around our frog pond for several years. One day it was sunning on the steps, and I petted it. It woke up, and if a snake can get a shocked expression on its face, it had one. Although it was very tame, it zoomed through the hole and disappeared under the step faster than a speeding bullet. So, nah, they don't make very good pets.


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kenneth avery 8 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Very good comment, MizBejabbers,

Thanks for the comment. And I am proud of you, actually I admire you for not being bothered by snakes. Are you and I the only ones who know that God created these mystical creatures?

A weird (and asinine) myth was hatched in the late 1930's or maybe earlier about "satan creating snakes," and I do not find that anywhere in any version of The Bible. This was, I guess, preachers of that day not knowing how to separate and rightfully divide the Word of God.

It made a great scare tactic though.

I loved your comment about your King Snake and your granddaughter. It is comments like yours that keep my interest alive in HubPages.

Love you, Kenneth


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moonlake 8 months ago from America

My kids use to set traps for snakes in the field behind our house to catch them. It was not unusual for me to get out of bed in the morning and almost step on a snake, not poisonous. They did bring a strange snake in the house one day and I made them put it down till I called the DNR to see if it was poisonous. They told me it wasn't, not to worry snakes here are not poisonous. Our son once left his bucket of snakes in the sun. My husband told our son not to ever do that again and told him how they could die. The bucket was found in time. My husband took them to the field and let them go. They were fine.

My son took snakes to school (I didn't know) he ran after the girls with them. I don't know if he ran after bullies. The teacher didn't tell me when she called complaining.

I like them in the garden they eat the bugs.

Enjoyed your hub.


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B M Gunn 8 months ago from A Place Outside Of Time And Space...Somehow...

As a fellow reptile aficionado, I really appreaciate this hub. Snakes are such fascinating creatures. I've never thought about the religious aspects of them, but to each his own.

Nice work!


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kenneth avery 8 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

B.M. Gunn,

Love the place where you live.

Thanks so much for your liking this hub. I would love to try and conquer my fear of "these" snakes. It was how I was mis-taught as a child that bred this fear of snakes in me.

Now I do respect the ones that are poison. I am not a complete idiot, but those snake charmers in India have my respect for making the Cobras sway to and fro in their baskets.

Right now, this is not for me.

Write me anytime. I am at home most of the time.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 8 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear moonlake,

Thanks for your comment. I did enjoy reading about your son taking the pet snakes to school to chase the girls. Please tell him that I said, "Way to go, buddy! I wish I had his non-fear of snakes when I was young. No telling at the girlfriends I would have had. (sigh)"

I am so glad that you and your husband support him in his love of snakes.

And yes, please write me anytime.

Kenneth


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Suhail and my dog 8 months ago from Mississauga, ON

Hi Ken,

Great hub! It was funny as usual and informative too.

I love snakes, but I am not sure if I would like to keep them as pets. I will rather settle with taking their pictures.

Regards,


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kenneth avery 8 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Suhail and my dog,

"Many thanks to you for your really nice comments. Now that you have made me think about snakes, although they are beautiful and mysterious, I will be content to just enjoy them in photos."

Write me anytime.

Kenneth


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Suhail and my dog 8 months ago from Mississauga, ON

Ken,

Just to let you know I love snakes so much that when I am watching a program on NatGeo Wild or Animal Planet in which a snake is pitted against a predator, I am always siding with the former.

Snakes are demonized for what they are not.


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kenneth avery 8 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Suhail and my dog,

That is so cool. There is also a show on Discovery, I think, entitled "Venom," where these snake hunters catch and "milk" the poison snakes to use their venom in making life-saving serums.

And I agree with your statement on snakes being demonized for what they are not.

Thanks sincerely for your interesting comment.

Kenneth

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