Rattlesnakes as pets ban may be lifted in state

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The Division of Wildlife Resources is considering to lift a rule that will allow people to have rattlesnakes as pets. Full Story
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Anya

Lenexa, KS

#41 Jul 31, 2012
You can get a rattlesnake's venom sacs removed, making it no more dangerous than any other snake. People are permitted to keep pythons and they can crush you to death, no poison needed. A well maintained snake (or any animal, really) will rarely attack a person. Most people look up info before they jump into exotic pet owning, calm down. Beside that, let natural selection kill off those stupid enough to own any remotely dangerous animal without proper know-how.
Melissa

Ogden, UT

#42 Aug 3, 2012
bull wrote:
first of all snake is not a animal,it's reptile! rattle snakes are far from a pet!!just something else for some crack head to have to show off and most show offs are pretty much mental cases,always have to be the center of attention!!all time someone gets hurt because they know it all etc!!three years huh? how or what kind of class's have they had to get this right and what proof do they have to have?just evil and dumb!!!sick and wrong!!


Excuse me???? First of all, my son has 3 pet snakes. Second of all, hes NOT a crack head. Third, he doesn't "show them off". Fourth, he's not a mental case. Fifth, he doesn't have to be the center of attention. Have you ever had a pet snake?? Have you ever held one?? Have you ever done any research on them?? All I have to say is you are very ignorant and judgemental. Snakes just happen to be an interest to my son, and many others. Just because you dont like them doesnt mean you have to be rude and judgemental.
Melissa

Ogden, UT

#43 Aug 3, 2012
mikey wrote:
so people are compareing dogs n cats to rattlesnakes now? well i say if u want to keep em as pets you should be required to keep them in your bed with you at night. they are dangerous and guess what they can escape or some sick person will use them to do wrong i say leave the rattlesnakes alone and go get you a nonvenomous pet if thats your thing. i cant beleve they want to take away guns but poisonous snakes are ok? beam me up scotty im surrounded by retards.
You dont have to sleep with something in order to have it as a pet. And not all snakes are "dangerous". A rattler can also be de-venomized.
Melissa

Ogden, UT

#44 Aug 3, 2012
Kenneth Mincks wrote:
As I originally stated, you should do your research, the following information is pulled from medscape.com
The vast majority of animal bites involve dogs (85-90%), followed by cats (5-10%). Infectious complications occur in approximately 15-20% of dog-related bites and more than 50% of cat-related ones. Dog bites are associated with younger animals engaging in playful activities, mostly with children. German shepherd, pit bull, Staffordshire terrier, and mixed breeds are most commonly involved with human bites, while the golden retriever and Labrador retriever are least. Cat bites are usually provoked, typically by female felines, and occurring on the upper extremities or face. Sharp and long teeth of cats can easily penetrate human skin and create a deep puncture wound and even inoculate the periosteum component of bones. Indeed, cat-related wounds more commonly progress to more serious and deeper-tissue infections, including osteomyelitis and meningitis.
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/224920-...
I am not nor will I ever say that a reptile of any kind (venomous or non-venomous) should be purchased without the proper knowledge of the animal. As such, people should also learn about the dogs and cats they currently keep and the problems that a bit, lick, or scratch from one of them can cause.
As stated in the article, there are 10 - 20 fatalities from these types of bites (not including mauling related deaths from larger dogs) every year. There are around 15 deaths from venomous snake bites each year and this includes those which are encountered in the wild. In total, there are around 8,000 venomous snake bites in the United States every year. The biggest difference is that any death from a reptile is highly sensationalized in the media and the vast majority of the public is ignorant as to the nature of these animals (both in the wild and in captivity).
Please do your research before making assumptions about a topic you have no actual knowledge about.
THANK YOU!!! BRILLIANT!!! I cant stand "ignorant" people judging when they have no knowledge.
Melissa

Ogden, UT

#45 Aug 3, 2012
mikey wrote:
so people are compareing dogs n cats to rattlesnakes now? well i say if u want to keep em as pets you should be required to keep them in your bed with you at night. they are dangerous and guess what they can escape or some sick person will use them to do wrong i say leave the rattlesnakes alone and go get you a nonvenomous pet if thats your thing. i cant beleve they want to take away guns but poisonous snakes are ok? beam me up scotty im surrounded by retards.
You talk about "retards"???? Your grammar, spelling and capitalization SUCK!!!!!!! Now who's the retard??????????
Melissa

Ogden, UT

#46 Aug 3, 2012
schlaufrau wrote:
Are you kidding me? What about the safety of rescue personel or innocent children in the home or unknowing visitors? This is the dumbest idea I've ever heard and I can't believe the Division of Wildlife Resources is even giving the proposal any serious consideration. Common sense is extinct!
If someone had a rattlesnake in their home as a pet, Im assuming they wouldn't be an idiot and just let it roam freely. Lmao. It would be in a cage most likely with a lock on it, and out of danger for kids and visitors. Duh.
Melissa

Ogden, UT

#47 Aug 3, 2012
the blonde one wrote:
to all americans!be afraid,be very afaid,there are attack puppy's and kitty's out there to kill you,stop the violence!do not adopt homeless pets! run and and get you a loving,cuddleing rattle snake,they would make great pets and gift for everyone that needs the love,that only a sweet little rattle snake could give,we're talking heaven!!! for all the dumb people out there!!get real,leave them in the wild!!
There are more deaths from dog bites and attacks, than from snakes.
Logic

Auburn, WA

#48 Feb 4, 2013
No offense but some of you guys are idiots. OF COURSE there has been people killed by cats. People can be killed by almost anything. Hell, I've heard of people who have gotten parts of their face chewed off by dogs or cats in their sleep. It is very uncommon to be killed by a cat, but it is possible. Just because you people never seen something does not mean it isn't true. Seeing or hearing isn't nessecarily believing. But dogs, however, you hear people killed by them all the time. So if yo don't believe that is true then you need your head checked.

I do believe that rattlesnakes are dangerous animals for the most part. That being said, there can be 'nice' rattlesnakes just like there can be 'mean' dogs. Just because something is cutesy and fluffy does NOT make it a safe animal.

As for whether it should be legal to own them, I say to each his own. If someone dies from his pet rattlesnake, that is his fault, not the snakes.

Oh, and this whole 'releasing rattlesnakes in the wild is dangerous and threatening to children' is BS. You know why? BECAUSE RATTLESNAKES ARE FREAKING NATIVE TO AMERICA. THEY ARE ALREADY IN THE WILD, SO RELEASING A RATTLESNAKE BACK INTO THE WILD WON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE ECOSYSTEM. And if your Susie or Billy gets bitten by a rattlesnake, well, why were you letting them play outside in the woods unsupervised anyways? I suppose if someone releases it in the streets that would be a danger to the local community, but anyone who does so is obviously pretty stupi, and stupid people should not own pets.

The bigotry, lack of common sense, and lack of research on this topic bewilders me.

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