So a while back I signed a petition on this petition site, and you know how that goes. You sign it and you automatically get those email alerts sent to you.
So today I bip over to check my mail and I find this disgusting piece of work.
titled ‘Ban dangerous exotic snakes!’ in my messages.
Of all the important things these people could be signing, or creating and otherwise spending their time fighting for, this is the misguided bs they choose.
This is what reptile owners have to deal with. They have to fight for their pets left and right because people like this don’t like them.
And yes, that is all it is. They don’t like them. They don’t like them and wouldn’t own them as pets so they feel no one else should.
They use fear tactics and exaggerations in order to achieve what they want.
Note how they bold, but don’t provide a link, for the ‘strangled two year old girl’.
That’s because that story is ancient. It was a neighbors snake and the neighbor was the one to blame.
More dogs kill infants in a year than snakes ever have. More dogs get loose and maul or kill people, and yet no one is demanding we ban dogs as pets.
Hell, more deer cause car accidents that end in death, and we aren’t demanding they be exterminated.
Not to mention cattle, or horses, or any other pet. Almost every pet is capable of killing, and has probably killed more people than snakes or other reptiles have.
People need to get over the fear mongering and learn that snakes are wonderful pets. And while no one is forcing them to own them, and they totally understand if someone doesn’t want to, they have no right to take those pets away because they don’t understand them.
Their time is better spent on a worthy cause.
I think the point to have them banned is mainly due to what was told up at the top of the article. Escaped and released non-native snakes become invasive species and destroy the ecosystem already in-place. Notice how the article seems focused on banning exotic snake species? I don’t believe keeping a native snake species as a pet would be as much as a problem (so long as the owner knows what they’re doing, at least).
And please, don’t give me “If the owner knew what they were doing, the exotic snake would not escape. “
Pets of all kinds find ways to escape, even if just out of curiosity. That’s how I lost my 12 year old cat. She just slipped out one day and noone noticed. Even water dwelling snails will escape. Apparently they can even escape their tank and shell and come back when they feel they need to. (that was a strange find to see empty shells on the carpet one day and see them back in the tank later) So yeah, even simple, easy to take care of pets will find ways to get out. At least if the escaped animal is native to the area, it won’t cause as much damage.
Some may not get far and some are less dangerous but if they are so inclined, any pet can escape no matter how knowledgeable the owner is. Non-native species of any kind is dangerous to the local environment.
And really, exotic pets tend to not be a good idea in the first place.
Okay, there are so many things wrong with this response that I am going to address them one by one.
I lived in florida, I had biologist friends. And let me inform you of something revolutionary;
it’s not as bad as the media likes to hype it as. The media loves to grab onto the ‘dangerous exotics wreaking havoc!’ story.
But do you know what? There is a small population of non native snakes, yes. It is contained, however. The ones people find randomly in their back yards were probably let go by idiots. And more often than not they don’t survive.
And the only places they can survive in the ENTIRE U.S. is southern florida and southern texas. Because they cannot survive cold, they cannot survive excessive dryness. They have a set amount of needs that need to be met to survive. And you’re telling me you want to ban them in the entirety of the U.S. because of ‘invasive issues’?
Do you know what else is invasive?
Everything pretty much. cats, for instance. both feral and indoor/outdoor owned by irresponsible people, kill over five hundred billion native animals in the U.S. and Canada alone in one year.
Yes, five. hundred. billion. that is statistical fact, and not exaggeration. are you going to try and tell people they are not permitted to own or breed cats now?
we also have invasive birds, invasive iguanas, invasive bugs. Lets not even mention caintoads.
but invasive insects kill crops en mass and threaten peoples entire livelihoods.
Or invasive hogs. Lets talk about the rampant decimation and destruction they bring on habitat and other animals. But you are not telling farmers to not raise pigs?
If it has been owned as a pet, then it has been released.
And onto the escape issue.
'Don't give you' the 'if the owner knew what they were doing' speech? Excuse me?
Maybe if you knew what you were talking about i wouldn’t have to give that speech.
you do realize that, unlike your cat which is unfortunate I’m sorry about that, snakes are kept in locked cages, correct?
Which means, and this is stretching it.
The snake would have to get out of the locked enclosure, out of the room it was housed in, and out of the house ten out of the yard.
the slow moving, large and obvious snake.
That does not have thumbs and cannot run.
and finally, I just really, really have to address this.
For the love of god please do some basic research before spreading info on a post.
Snails cannot leave their shells. They will die.
Your snails did not magically defy biology and decide to take a stroll out of their shells one day only to return. that cannot physically happen. They are ATTACHED to their shells and would literally rip themselves apart to remove themselves from it.
They were either in their shells and you did not notice, or there were other snails you were not aware of in the tank that you then saw later.
So lets just sum this up.
Non native species are not dangerous in any environment, especially when it comes to reptiles. Anywhere outside of the areas I mentioned is a reptile death sentence the minute winter starts to roll in.
Domestic animals such as dogs and cats and livestock are far more dangerous to people and their environment than snakes or other reptiles will ever be. As mammals can survive in almost any climate, even cold.
and you ruined your entire argument when you showed that you actually think that snails can ‘leave their shells’ and come back. Please do some legitimate research and actually interact with knowledgeable individuals, rather than getting your information from news articles and outrageous tv. Do some ACTUAL research before you jump into an argument that you can’t hold up your end of.
and don’t tell me that my beloved, well cared for pets ‘aren’t a good idea in the first place’ just because you don’t want to own any yourself. The bias leaking from this post just reeks.
Plus weren’t a LOT of the (burmese) python invasives due to a breeding facility being hit by a hurricane (thereby causing the breeding-ready snakes to be released and populate)? I thought I remembered reading about that somewhere. :0