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1 SpaceJesus  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 6:45:00am

I get dogs and cats, but I have no idea why anybody would want a large predatory reptile as a pet.

2 aagcobb  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 8:30:38am

Yet another example of why people should not be allowed to keep wild animals as pets. Its bad for people, the animals and the environment.

3 kerFuFFler  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 9:27:59am

re: #2 aagcobb

You are so right about it being bad for the environment! Several large pythons have escaped (or were abandoned because they were too big….) into the Everglades and are wreaking havoc with the ecosystem. The snakes have been reproducing and their population has exploded. As Florida recedes beneath the encroaching ocean, and things heat up, states further north will need to adopt measures to keep these snakes at bay——-though it seems like a lost cause at this point. :(

4 Shockingly, Pathetically Low  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 10:03:04am

A “vicious” python? Earth calling Reptile Ocean: a python is a SNAKE. That’s what snakes do.

5 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 10:03:55am

re: #4 Shockingly, Pathetically Low

A “vicious” python? Earth calling Reptile Ocean: a python is a SNAKE. That’s what snakes do.

Babushkas do not kill children.

6 Shockingly, Pathetically Low  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 10:28:59am

re: #1 SpaceJesus

I get dogs and cats, but I have no idea why anybody would want a large predatory reptile as a pet.

I suspect that most of them started with a very small predatory reptile. Exotic, attractive, conversation piece… and it grew.

And add my name to the “shouldn’t be allowed to keep wild animals” crowd, at least without very stringent rules and prescreening. It’s amazing how many people just don’t think their cute little thing is going to become an adult, and quickly.

7 Shockingly, Pathetically Low  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 10:29:55am

re: #5 Vicious Babushka

Babushkas do not kill children.

What about Baba Yaga?

8 steve_davis  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 10:34:41am

re: #7 Shockingly, Pathetically Low

What about Baba Yaga?

What about Yogi Beara?

9 No Country For Old Haters  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 10:52:49am

re: #4 Shockingly, Pathetically Low

A “vicious” python? Earth calling Reptile Ocean: a python is a SNAKE. That’s what snakes do.

“Aggressive” would be a better description. This is an aggressive breed.

10 No Country For Old Haters  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 10:53:39am

re: #2 aagcobb

Yet another example of why people should not be allowed to keep wild animals as pets. Its bad for people, the animals and the environment.

Are you asserting that I shouldn’t be allowed to have my pet Ball Python?

11 alinuxguru  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 11:46:19am

re: #3 kerFuFFler
If we want to get serious about invasive species that are threatening indigenous wildlife, let’s do something about the #1 threat to migratory birds in the US — the domesticated cat. Just saying.

12 Shockingly, Pathetically Low  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 11:47:12am

re: #10 JeffFX

I still think you should need some sort of permit, as the escaped animal could theoretically cause havoc in an ecosystem, but yours is smallish and not venomous, so it should be in the lowest category of “exotic pets.”

Of course, feral cats and dogs can also cause havoc in an ecosystem….

13 No Country For Old Haters  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 1:44:52pm

re: #12 Shockingly, Pathetically Low

I still think you should need some sort of permit, as the escaped animal could theoretically cause havoc in an ecosystem

No, it couldn’t. It could make some rats and squirrels dead, and then in the fall at the latest, it would die from the cold. Of course it couldn’t escape in the first place.

Of course, feral cats and dogs can also cause havoc in an ecosystem….

Yep, but we don’t get hysterical about cats and start demanding restrictions on keeping cats as pets. People have an irrational fear of reptiles.

14 Shockingly, Pathetically Low  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 5:00:55pm

re: #13 JeffFX

No, it couldn’t. It could make some rats and squirrels dead, and then in the fall at the latest, it would die from the cold. Of course it couldn’t escape in the first place.

Good point. Living in a non-freezing climate, I’d forgotten that little detail — but I was thinking about my own corner of the world, where it would manage our “winter” just fine.

Yep, but we don’t get hysterical about cats and start demanding restrictions on keeping cats as pets. People have an irrational fear of reptiles.

That was my point, actually.

15 Buck  Wed, Aug 7, 2013 5:56:36pm

Turns out it did not escape from the pet store, as first reported.

It was in the apartment. It’s enclosure was in an apartment where the boys were sleeping.


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