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Post by JasonL » 20 Mar 2015, 10:59

lunchstealer wrote:
Taktix® wrote:The Burmese Python situation in the Everglades, summarized via webcomic.

I didn't realize how dire and rapidly this was happening...
Has there ever been a python owner who wasn't a creepy fucker?
I think what happens is pythons are attractive to people trying to seem ostentatiously badass or gothic or whatever. Some of those people get over it after youthful flirtation and others evolve into creepy as they are too old to still be rolling that way.

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Post by Warren » 20 Mar 2015, 12:01

JasonL wrote:
lunchstealer wrote:
Taktix® wrote:The Burmese Python situation in the Everglades, summarized via webcomic.

I didn't realize how dire and rapidly this was happening...
Has there ever been a python owner who wasn't a creepy fucker?
I think what happens is pythons are attractive to people trying to seem ostentatiously badass or gothic or whatever. Some of those people get over it after youthful flirtation and others evolve into creepy as they are too old to still be rolling that way.
I don't get it. It's a fricking pet. Huge pythons, like any large animal, require huge layouts of time and money. But I just don't see how a three or four foot pet snake is "creepy". I've known a few snake owners and the experience of interacting with a snake is distinct from interacting with fur bearing critters and decidedly more intimate than say frogs or turtles.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 20 Mar 2015, 12:09

A friend among our longstanding group of friends from college days was, um, let's say unstable and getting worse, so when she got a python as a pet we took it as a bad sign. She supposedly had to boil to thaw frozen mice to feed the thing, and her kids warned us not to eat spaghetti there because she used the same pot to boil the pasta.

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Post by Taktix® » 20 Mar 2015, 12:29

I have a friend/coworker who had a python, and her take on it was that snakes don't bond with you like other pets. They just bide their time until they think they're big enough to take you. She had it for years and loved it like any other pet, but one day it just started snapping at her.

I'm guessing she wasn't the first snake owner to not plan for a future with a 8-foot, 100-pound death machine as a roommate...

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Post by tr0g » 20 Mar 2015, 15:33

Taktix® wrote:I have a friend/coworker who had a python, and her take on it was that snakes don't bond with you like other pets. They just bide their time until they think they're big enough to take you. She had it for years and loved it like any other pet, but one day it just started snapping at her.

I'm guessing she wasn't the first snake owner to not plan for a future with a 8-foot, 100-pound death machine as a roommate...
Yup. I used to have a boa constrictor. They will never be your friends. They're cool, and really neat from a wonders of nature perspective, but you are, to a snake, just food it can't eat yet.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 20 Mar 2015, 22:20

Heh. Though now, I'm flashing back to Farm 255 in Athens, GA, which was a really freakin' good restaurant. Sadly, it seems to have gone the way of most restaurants.
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Post by lunchstealer » 21 Mar 2015, 00:17

Warren wrote:
JasonL wrote:
lunchstealer wrote:
Taktix® wrote:The Burmese Python situation in the Everglades, summarized via webcomic.

I didn't realize how dire and rapidly this was happening...
Has there ever been a python owner who wasn't a creepy fucker?
I think what happens is pythons are attractive to people trying to seem ostentatiously badass or gothic or whatever. Some of those people get over it after youthful flirtation and others evolve into creepy as they are too old to still be rolling that way.
I don't get it. It's a fricking pet. Huge pythons, like any large animal, require huge layouts of time and money. But I just don't see how a three or four foot pet snake is "creepy". I've known a few snake owners and the experience of interacting with a snake is distinct from interacting with fur bearing critters and decidedly more intimate than say frogs or turtles.
The ownership isn't creepy in and of itself. But the two are strongly correlated. And I restricted my comment to python/boa owners. Part of that is the knowledge that they won't stay three or four feet. If you want a constrictor that won't get big, consider a black rat snake. And a garter snake or a rough green snake in a terrarium is just adorable.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 21 Mar 2015, 00:28

I would make it illegal to sell any serpents as pets except for kingsnakes and coral snakes. I would also make it illegal for pet stores to label their snake displays.
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Post by Timothy » 21 Mar 2015, 01:45

One of my friends from TX has a 25 or 30 ft python in her house. It has its own room. Every few weeks she throws in a frozen rabbit or something.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 21 Mar 2015, 09:44

Timothy wrote:One of my friends from TX has a 25 or 30 ft python in her house. It has its own room. Every few weeks she throws in a frozen rabbit or something.
Where "something" is a placeholder for a neighborhood cat or dog?

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Post by the innominate one » 21 Mar 2015, 10:06

Not all kingsnakes are coral snake mimics. The scarlet kingsnake is, but many things called kingsnakes are not. The mimicry is not so perfect that one cannot learn to differentiate between them.
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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 21 Mar 2015, 10:55

A fact, highly unlikely to be useful, but oh boy, if it is:

"Red on black, friend to Jack" only applies in North America.

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Post by dhex » 21 Mar 2015, 12:35

Timothy wrote:One of my friends from TX has a 25 or 30 ft python in her house. It has its own room. Every few weeks she throws in a frozen rabbit or something.
holy shit that sucks every possible dick.
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Post by the innominate one » 21 Mar 2015, 12:56

Fin Fang Foom wrote:A fact, highly unlikely to be useful, but oh boy, if it is:

"Red on black, friend to Jack" only applies in North America.
True on both counts. Also, "red touch yellow, kill a fellow." People screw up the mnemonic rhyme all the time. In eastern north America, the coral snake has black on the tip of the nose. Black is the color of death, what people wear to funerals, hearses are black, and so on. The scarlet kingsnake and the scarlet snake (an unrelated species which also appears to mimic the coral) both have red on the nose.
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Post by Timothy » 28 Mar 2015, 20:25

dhex wrote:
Timothy wrote:One of my friends from TX has a 25 or 30 ft python in her house. It has its own room. Every few weeks she throws in a frozen rabbit or something.
holy shit that sucks every possible dick.
I think it might actually belong to her dipshit ex-husband who decided that being a grownup wasn't fun anymore and went on a massive coke/cheating binge before basically disappearing after running up massive debt on their joint credit cards ... but he's not exactly the sort who came and got all his shit, so you know. But, what do you do?
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Post by thoreau » 28 Mar 2015, 20:35

Timothy wrote:But, what do you do?
Snakeskin attire has a certain appeal in a situation like that.
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Post by the innominate one » 28 Mar 2015, 21:03

My boa constrictor would only eat freshly killed. I didn't want the rabbits to injure her, so I did the dirty work.
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Timothy wrote:
dhex wrote:
Timothy wrote:One of my friends from TX has a 25 or 30 ft python in her house. It has its own room. Every few weeks she throws in a frozen rabbit or something.
holy shit that sucks every possible dick.
I think it might actually belong to her dipshit ex-husband who decided that being a grownup wasn't fun anymore and went on a massive coke/cheating binge before basically disappearing after running up massive debt on their joint credit cards ... but he's not exactly the sort who came and got all his shit, so you know. But, what do you do?
Call the county? Shoot it repeatedly and then say "ssssssssssssssssssayonara". Also axes probably? I'm not sure but I'm pretty sure remove it from the house before it kills me I my sleep would be a priority.
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Post by Timothy » 29 Mar 2015, 13:39

dhex wrote:
Timothy wrote:
dhex wrote:
Timothy wrote:One of my friends from TX has a 25 or 30 ft python in her house. It has its own room. Every few weeks she throws in a frozen rabbit or something.
holy shit that sucks every possible dick.
I think it might actually belong to her dipshit ex-husband who decided that being a grownup wasn't fun anymore and went on a massive coke/cheating binge before basically disappearing after running up massive debt on their joint credit cards ... but he's not exactly the sort who came and got all his shit, so you know. But, what do you do?
Call the county? Shoot it repeatedly and then say "ssssssssssssssssssayonara". Also axes probably? I'm not sure but I'm pretty sure remove it from the house before it kills me I my sleep would be a priority.
Considering she's one of my animal rescue friends, "ultra murder pet snake" is probably not on her to-do list. And it's not like the thing can operate a doorknob.
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Post by Warren » 29 Mar 2015, 14:03

yet
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Post by Taktix® » 29 Mar 2015, 22:45

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Post by the innominate one » 29 Mar 2015, 23:56

Easily solved by using a knob instead of a lever. And by locking it from the outside.
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Post by Aresen » 30 Mar 2015, 00:59

Thank you for that.

Now I am going to have nightmares about snakes opening doors that I haven't had in decades. :lol:
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