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Considering a ball python for my 10-year-old...


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Posted by Snakemother on May 12, 2003 at 16:29:23:

I have kingsnakes and a boa myself, but the kingnsnake I got for my daughter hasn't worked out all that well. Kings are a bit too quick moving, and she's scared she'll drop it (it's now mine). My boa is the right speed and holds on great, but is getting too big for my petite daughter. This girl really wants a snake to call her own, and I've been considering getting a nice adult ball python from a rescue for her. But I first thought I'd get opinions here. I've heard about the wonderful temperment of ball pythons, so aren't worried about her getting bitten (she knows how to handle snakes properly, and I'll supervise), but I'm wondering if a ball python may be too shy for the handling we give our snakes. My vet has said that they are very shy, stress easily, and should be more of an observed snake than a handled one. We definitely want a snake we can handle alot, and don't want to get a ball python if they stress more easily than our others - we don't want to harm it. What do you folks think?
Thanks in advance for your honest opinions! :)


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