Should you buy your Child a Pet Snake?

Should you buy your Child a Pet Snake?

There are 61 comments on the Netscape story from Sep 24, 2009, titled Should you buy your Child a Pet Snake?. In it, Netscape reports that:

Should you buy your Child a Pet Snake? >> Posted By daducha 21 hours, 46 minutes ago in Family Beautiful as well as fascinating, snakes have become increasingly popular in recent years.

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reptillian advice

Arab, AL

#24 Jul 8, 2013
I am a very experienced reptile keeper and I have had many reptiles since the age of 3. But out of every category I have to say the snake is my favorite. A snake does not require a lot of dedication because they only eat every week to two weeks depending on the age of the snake. A snake also does not normally carry salmonella disease and can only get it when not properly cared for. Most snakes will not bite unless harmed or threatened and tend to be very sweet and loveable. If you are a parent or guardian of a child who wants a pet snake I would refer a corn snake or a ball python. These two breeds of snakes are very easy to care for and are great for beginners. Many parents or guardians are not willing to allow their child or children to have a snake because they are just rather scared of snakes or have a dislike of them. This is not the case for most children and they would love for you to let them have one. If your child says they will make a commitment to a snake then you should believe them and let them have one. If you believe or see signs that the snake is not properly cared for then you should simply have a talk with your child and if you see improvement in the next couple of weeks allow them to keep it, but if you see no improvement then give the snake to a better caregiver. Eventually as the parent or guardian you will come to get used to the snake and will no longer dislike the beautiful reptile and will show likeness to it. If you still don't like snakes after all of this then just pretend you do to show the child you are confident in his/her choices.
Stephanie

Willard, NC

#25 Jul 9, 2013
It would depend on the child. there have been way too many deaths from parents buying their children snakes and other dangerous animals. a young child can not defend his/her self from the animal, if it got loose. it's never a good idea.
Sam

Peoria, AZ

#26 Jul 16, 2013
I think a snake is a wonderful pet. But it depends on the child's age, and responcibility. I would recommend a Corn Snake because corns are the best beginner snake. They rarely bite ( and if he does there a reason, but i promise it dosent hurt!) and are really easy to care for. Do your research, and make sure your commited. Nothing's worse then getting a pet, then returning it because you've "lost intrest"
shyanne

Port Neches, TX

#27 Aug 31, 2013
I will have snake soon I hope I do I love snake but my dad said no to me my mom said yes I love my mom and my dad he cool I want and snake I am 12 want snake spans I was 3 do you? I no I do
shyanne

Port Neches, TX

#28 Aug 31, 2013
I mean on craigslist looked but I think you should Nat bay a sneak for a 1you should bay a sneak for 4 I love snake
Human Man at Earth

Torrance, CA

#29 Sep 6, 2013
I just felt that Dogs, Cats, Snakes, other pets should be at the Village Farm Jungle. They feel sufflicated {suffocated} in the Town City. Also, there is a poop problem.

http://news.yahoo.com/americans-love-dogs-too...

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#30 Sep 8, 2013
It all depends on the snake (it should be a totally harmless variety) and whether or not the child is responsible enough to care for the snake. All too often, children want a pet and are unwilling to take care of the pet.
Dakota

Keswick, Canada

#31 Nov 5, 2013
No I think that the parents are scared of a snake and only have it for a bit so that the kid gets so used to it that he does not pay any attention to it. Then they bring it back to the people who sold it Because of the kid forgetting it. So I as a kid have a more intelligent prospective than this foolish man.
P.S I think that he is scared of a little snake.
Sincerely,
Dk

Since: Oct 13

Location hidden

#32 Nov 5, 2013
Like any other animal, the kid might lose interest in it (particularly if s/he is younger) so you may end up being the main care taker so just be prepared and willing to do this. I personally love snakes but likely wouldn't be able to feed them live food so wouldn't get one since I couldn't care for it properly. Any animal is a commitment for the lifetime of that animal...

If you do get one for your child, make sure s/he is taking proper care of the snake and research the kind of care that particular species needs. Definitely also spend some time talking with people who keep that particular species, and locate a veterinarian who can care for reptiles as well.

I won't name a particular age where kids are okay to own snakes or not since everyone matures at a different age.
senor_taco_13

Jonesboro, GA

#33 Nov 11, 2013
yes you should let your child have a ball python because if it is best interest will he can study to be a herpetologist and getting your degree and it's also a fascinating creature
Abi

London, UK

#35 Nov 17, 2013
I'm 14 and I have a Leopard Gecko. Before I got her I really wanted her; I became an expert on everything Leo; I saved money, I bought books and I learned as much as I could. I know that I'm never going to 'loose interest' in Sky and that it because it took a long time to convince my parents to let me have one. I spent all my savings on her; I payed for her tank, her accessories, I pay for all her food and if she becomes ill, I'll be the one paying for her vet treatment. How old is the child? How much do they really want the snake? If they do change their mind can you step in? You know your child better than anyone, and I believe that if your child is responsible and committed, having them grow up around reptiles is a great idea.:).

Sky is 8 months old and I've had her for 6 months but i'd love to have a snake as well. I want to be a vet and I would like to have more experience with reptiles. How do I convince my parents?

Since: Oct 13

Location hidden

#36 Nov 18, 2013
Abi wrote:
Sky is 8 months old and I've had her for 6 months but i'd love to have a snake as well. I want to be a vet and I would like to have more experience with reptiles. How do I convince my parents?
It sounds like you really are doing a great job taking care of Sky and that will be a big help in showing your parents that you are able to take care of another reptile (the snake). I would just mention to them that you have had Sky for 6 months and would like a snake as well--and reiterate your desire to become a veterinarian when you are older. You seem very responsible for a 14-year-old, so I probably wouldn't object--especially since you bought Sky on your own and care for her so well.

Funny you mention becoming a vet. I am friends with a guy who has a daughter who is in her final year of vet school now. I have known him since she was 13, and she always told me that she was going to be a vet, too.

Good luck on getting your snake.
Ridzlyn

Subang Jaya, Malaysia

#38 Dec 26, 2013
I wish i could get my 1st reptile as a pet but my mom keeps on argueing about how dangerous it is... but i saw alot of people adopt a reptile and nothing happened to them.. any tips for my mom to allow me adopt one? Thanks if anyone replied! I would appreciate it :)
snake owner

United States

#39 Jan 5, 2014
Andie J wrote:
A snake is only appropriate as a pet if the parents are willing to put the work into taking care of it. Children lose interest in a relatively short period of time. They also don't understand that feeding a snake can be pretty gruesome. A lot of kids freak out when they find out some snakes need to be fed live animals, then learn they can't handle seeing the mouse, rat, whatever die.
I never had trouble I fed him like nothing its not realy gruesome no blood is left
Snake wanter

Plainfield, IL

#40 Mar 10, 2014
I really want a snake but I don't no about about them like are they dangerous and does the nous have to be live ?
Kannan

Detroit, MI

#41 May 5, 2014
Yes
Steve

Lane Cove, Australia

#42 Jul 7, 2014
Yes he should get a snake if you want him to get more responsible and mature get him a easy pet and make him feed it. I have snakes and my mate who works at the Australian Reptile Park we feed our snakes rats or mice every week. As a baby you need no lights at all just a heat mat but when they get a adult size get a heat lamp with a cage over it (you can have a UVB if you want you don't have to. I recommend getting a centralian carpet python (Morelia Bredli) I have two baby's only 3 months old and I've only got bitten once an average for another snake is about 10 times just hold them everyday to tame them.
Please Take my advise
Thanks
samanthamccoy267

Raven, VA

#43 Apr 25, 2015
What is the best pet snake to get my teenager
samanthamccoy267

Raven, VA

#44 Apr 25, 2015
Steve wrote:
Yes he should get a snake if you want him to get more responsible and mature get him a easy pet and make him feed it. I have snakes and my mate who works at the Australian Reptile Park we feed our snakes rats or mice every week. As a baby you need no lights at all just a heat mat but when they get a adult size get a heat lamp with a cage over it (you can have a UVB if you want you don't have to. I recommend getting a centralian carpet python (Morelia Bredli) I have two baby's only 3 months old and I've only got bitten once an average for another snake is about 10 times just hold them everyday to tame them.
Please Take my advise
Thanks
is burmese pythons dangerous as pets
Fhj

Easthampton, MA

#45 May 3, 2015
Don't get him a snake!!!!!

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