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Posted by Ron on May 10, 2001 at 18:27:11:
In Reply to: Re: UN-ethical treatment of snakes in pet shop posted by Lisa on May 10, 2001 at 05:11:21:
I what I saw that is bothering me is a "cage" (more like a portion of the rafters closed off with wire mesh and particle board approximately 8'x4' that was housing 3 large burmese pythons along with several boas. There is no dedicated heat or light for these snakes. There is large amounts of fecal matter as well as apparently several years worth of sheds.
I was told by the owner of the store as well as other employees on separate occasion that the feeding schedule is "I throw a couple of large rabbits in there every 6-8 months". Keep in mind there are at least 4-5 snakes in this "cage". I was also told "yeah, those burms are always getting sick, they end up with respiritory infections all the time...they are not good pets". NO WONDER THEY ARE SICK! LOOK AT HOW YOU KEEP THEM!!
I wish that there was something that I could do. I feel that these snakes should not be kept in such a manner.
BTW, If I am wrong, please feel free to correct me, as I am new to herping.