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).
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."
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
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.