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Posted by redgarter on December 26, 2002 at 18:53:45:

In Reply to: Great!!There are always exceptions I'm sure but...!! posted by John Hedger on December 26, 2002 at 16:26:20:

Well, yes, I do agree with you that attempting to tame nasty tempered specimens is basically a lost cause. My point is simply that tameness is a trait that can be selected for to breed tamer and tamer specimens, if such specimens can be found. Trouble is, tame amazons really are as much an oddity as your fine Frankenblotch animal, so aren't easy to get a hold of.

As for the desirability of tame animals versus animals that are fond of defending themselves at every hint of a menacing scenario, well I guess that will always be a personal choice. that being said, most herpers I know enjoy the integrity of their skin and prefer to keep their bodily fluids on the inside! I know these snakes are supposed to be viewed as fish are behind glass, but every so often the need for manual handling arises, and then it's always more complicated to do things with steel capped gloves on!

And of course I wouldn't recommend any child be allowed to handle any snake of dubious disposition, at any time. I only left my kid pose with the ammy because I knew she wouldn't bite.....the snake! ;-)

Dr. Phil


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