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Posted by Katie on May 15, 2002 at 13:47:50:
I didn't know exactly where on this site to put this post so it ended up here.
This is the story: I'm in my second (and final) year of college. Some of my classmates I've known for the entire 2 years and I like them. We're all friends, we go out together, etc. But when I started getting interested in snakes a couple of months ago I began to not like these people so much. Not one of them has had a kind word to say about my new hobby. They all insist that snakes are awful creepy crawlies that don't deserve life. I've tried and tried to educate these people but they refuse to listen. Even my teacher joins in with some scarcasm and teasing. It's getting to the point where I changed my screen saver from pictures of beautiful Corn color morphs to some generic Windows thing just so I didn't have to listen to them anymore. Some noon hours I've spent at my computer researching different types of snakes and if any of them catch me it starts all over again. We had an assignment to give a 10 minute impromptu speech about a specific process that we knew about such as changing oil in a car or grooming a dog, etc. I did mine on breeding corn snakes. They seemed interested at first and asked a few questions at the end, including "how can you tell if it's a male or a female". When I tried to explain sexing probes or popping techniques they said I was disgusting and gross and they refused to listen to me anymore. What can I do to make these people understand that snakes are a pet to me, same as a dog or a cat or a hamster would be to them? And if I can't make them understand, how do I at least get them to shut up and quit teasing me? It's been going on for a couple of months now and it's really starting to bother me! Help please!