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Posted by Snakemother on May 11, 2003 at 09:31:00:
In Reply to: I failed at kingsnake ownership, i guess i really screwed up posted by -ryan- on May 10, 2003 at 20:32:56:
My daughter is now in 5th grade, and was in 3rd when we got "her" snake. It wasn't hers till I'd gotten it past the baby dart and scared-bite (only once, and not her) phase, and she had learned to hold him properly. Boris (the snake) had learned he had nothhing to fear from us, and settled down. He was now big enough to not be too delicate, and easier for her to hang on to. She had handled him with me since the beginning, and now loved him and knew if handled properly, she had no reason for fear. At this point I asked her if she wanted him to be her snake.
I felt that was the best way, but I know most parents (like your folks) are not snake people, and kids get thrown into snake ownership on their own if they want one. It's quite normal to get scared off at that point - you were VERY young, and the snake was a baby, scared, and acting like it. Don't beat yourself up about it. I recommend you join your local Reptile Society and learn from the pros there, and try again. That way, you'll have experienced adults available for consultation (if it's like my Reptile Society, we bring reptiles lots and help each other out - especially young members). And your folks should be impressed on how serious you are about this, and let you try again.