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Posted by Mercedes Denton on February 09, 2000 at 14:30:11:
I'm a contributing writer to CSUN's daily the 'Sundail'. Currently I am writing a story related to a woman named Anita Finch, 33, Van Nuys who died of a snake bite from her pet Gaboon Viper.
Having talked to a professor here at college he has given me quite a positive outlook on this particular snake as he thinks it is one of the most beautiful he has seen.
This woman also had four rattlesnakes, a hognosed sand viper and two copperhead snakes. Apparently other reptiles included gopher and king snakes.
Shadowing this death was the fact that she did not have any permits for the snakes and, whether she would have been able to get permits is another matter.
What I would like is the opinion of snake owners and lovers of the issue of having such snakes as pets. Realistically, how safe is it for a person to keep such a variety of snakes as pets?
From personal experience how do other people react to you having snakes as pets?
Does anyone have tips on how to handle Gaboon Vipers?
Does anyone have any statistics on the number of Gaboon Snake owners in the state of Calironia?
For anyone who answers my questions I am very grateful and, would appreciate if you left your name, the area you live, and the type and number of snake(s) you yourself own.
I agree that the snakes Anita Finch owned were dangerous but, she seemed to have a genuine passion for them.