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Posted by John Hedger on December 26, 2002 at 16:26:20:
In Reply to: Tame amazons... posted by redgarter on December 26, 2002 at 11:58:10:
I still stand behind what I said! An unexperienced person asked if amazons can be tamed and I gave him a realistic answer I believe as to their nature. I could have told him what he wanted to hear, but generally I don't think taming is a realistic issue with amazons...I probably should have taken time to point out that amazons do have quite varying personalities though, and some are more or less calm than others.
Let me ask you however...If you sell one of your "tame line" babies and a customer gets bit, are you going to give him a refund?(just kidding!LoL). My point is that it seems that this taming issue seems sooo important to so many folks... as the question gets asked on these forums over and over again. But tamability is not a big issue with me really. I don't understand why everyone seems focused on it so much. I would agree with the guy after me that said basically "if you want a tame snake, get a corn snake as a pet." !!
On reviewing my original post in question, perhaps you have proven me wrong on one point though, since you obviously do have an amazon tamed enough to trust your child to handle it. But would you really promote children handling adult amazons to the general public?
Also, A similar pic was posted on here a couple of years ago with a 5yr. old girl holding an adult black speckled Emerald Tree boa. Some months later that same parent posted that his little girl recieved her first bite from an emerald that day!! Perhaps some food for thought about kids handling adult boids. I'm not trying to give you a hard time here but you did mention my name!!LoL!!
BTW....Nice looking amazon there!!! I like it Alot!! Very cool!!
Here was my original response post:
"Amazons have a natural biting instinct that is like a "knee jerk" reaction. In other words--They can't help it!! They bite what moves or what is warm. I would say an amazon could never be tamed to where a child could handle it either supervised or unsupervised. Amazons are not for people who don't like getting bit. But they are still very cool snakes to keep however!"
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