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(Sun Sentinel)   Animal adoption agency has placed more than 1,700 exotic animals who were initially and sometimes illegally purchased by people who had "no idea" raising a ball python or Mexican rat snake wasn't like raising a dog or cat   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 26
    More: Florida, exotic animals, Mexican, vitamin A, Mexican rat snake, Palm Beach County News, Lauderhill, Zoo Miami, cats  
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2014-03-08 03:12:01 PM  
What about Sumatran rat monkeys?
 
2014-03-08 03:19:56 PM  
...no questions asked, through the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program.

So a Mexican rat snake comes to the US, gets amnesty, and legally gets a stable gig? They're stealing our jerbs!
 
2014-03-08 03:20:48 PM  
I'm sure butter, garlic, and hot sauce would take care of most of this problem.
 
2014-03-08 03:21:44 PM  

Hilary T. N. Seuss: ...no questions asked, through the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program.

So a Mexican rat snake comes to the US, gets amnesty, and legally gets a stable gig? They're stealing our jerbs!


They're taking mice out of the mouths of our American corn snakes!
 
2014-03-08 03:21:55 PM  
media.catmoji.com
 
2014-03-08 03:25:33 PM  
Ball pythons are no big deal compared to reptiles with bad attitudes and greater size.
 
2014-03-08 03:31:14 PM  

Hilary T. N. Seuss: ...no questions asked, through the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program.

So a Mexican rat snake comes to the US, gets amnesty, and legally gets a stable gig? They're stealing our jerbs!


Skinner: We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
Skinner: No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.
 
2014-03-08 03:45:34 PM  
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2014-03-08 03:48:56 PM  
Is an exotic animal an animal "just working [its] way through school"?
 
2014-03-08 03:54:18 PM  
No they're much easier than a dog or cat. Also much more boring. Snakes are boring pets.
 
2014-03-08 04:02:10 PM  
i1280.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-08 04:28:24 PM  
I find this amazingly easy to believe.
 
2014-03-08 04:36:51 PM  
I had a snake as a kid as my sister's were allergic to fur.  We used to care for a hedgehog that had belonged to the school, and I would again even if they have such a short lifespan as they are a lot of fun (and did amazingly well interacting with the cats).  Right now we take care of a chinchilla and two guinea pigs part time so they don't spend weekends or holidays at the school.  This is in addition to 6 cats and 2 fish that are full timers. I love the chinchilla and it is a gas watching it roam in its gigantic pet ball and chase the cats.  The guineas do well when we put them out in an enclosure on the floor to run, we even have a cat that will sit with them.

I think a lot of people just look at the size of pets and think they can't be hard, not realizing the dietary requirements, the health care issues (try to find a vet to look at a hedgehog with a respiratory infection), the cleaning involved and just how they interact or don't with people.
 
2014-03-08 04:39:02 PM  
People don't realize those cute l'il pythons grow into freakin' Dune sandworms over time.

At about 9 feet long, they start realizing they can kick your ass, and they're nowhere near done growing.
 
2014-03-08 04:42:56 PM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: [i1280.photobucket.com image 450x298]



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2014-03-08 05:08:56 PM  
"They keep the place lively," he said. "My neighbors know them. The kids like to look at them. They come to my door, 'Hey, Mister, can I look at the birds?'"


That's kinda nice. I like the cut of this guys jib
 
2014-03-08 05:24:40 PM  

studebaker hoch: People don't realize those cute l'il pythons grow into freakin' Dune sandworms over time.

At about 9 feet long, they start realizing they can kick your ass, and they're nowhere near done growing.


Burmese, African rock and reticulated, yes. Ball pythons are tiny compared. A big female is going to be around maybe 6 feet, which is not as big as it sounds. Males are smaller. Plus, they are big wusses.

Still, no non-native animal should be released, there is still problems of diseases, destruction of food sources for native animals, etc. to consider.
 
2014-03-08 05:25:16 PM  
Many people shouldn't have dogs either.
 
2014-03-08 05:51:32 PM  

LargeCanine: Many people shouldn't have dogs either.


Heck, I know people for which goldfish would be a challenge.
 
2014-03-08 06:59:01 PM  

whosits_112: What about Sumatran rat monkeys?


Well played.
 
2014-03-08 07:04:49 PM  

Evil Twin Skippy: LargeCanine: Many people shouldn't have dogs either.

Heck, I know people for which goldfish would be a challenge.


There are people who can't care for stuffed animals.
 
2014-03-08 09:42:34 PM  

studebaker hoch: People don't realize those cute l'il pythons grow into freakin' Dune sandworms over time.

At about 9 feet long, they start realizing they can kick your ass, and they're nowhere near done growing.


Ball pythons rarely get longer than about four feet.
 
2014-03-08 10:57:24 PM  

studebaker hoch: People don't realize those cute l'il pythons grow into freakin' Dune sandworms over time.

At about 9 feet long, they start realizing they can kick your ass, and they're nowhere near done growing.


Ball pythons cap out at like 5 feet long.
 
2014-03-08 11:00:06 PM  

StanTheMan: Hilary T. N. Seuss: ...no questions asked, through the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program.

So a Mexican rat snake comes to the US, gets amnesty, and legally gets a stable gig? They're stealing our jerbs!

Skinner: We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
Skinner: No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.


Shakes tiny fist
 
2014-03-08 11:41:02 PM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout:


Flexability is never over rated.
 
2014-03-09 04:13:51 AM  
Taima

Burmese, African rock and reticulated, yes.

Those are the ones.  The Florida everglades are full of Burmese pythons now, and the snakes  have eaten essentially ALL the small to midsize mammals over the past decade.  No rabbits, raccoons, nothing left.

According to the article, the average length for an Everglades Burmese python is 16 feet long.

www.tampabay.com

Welcome to Florida.
 
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