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Posted by notpitr on October 21, 2002 at 16:57:45:
I keep pythons and take in the occasional orphan. I have a friend who is attempting to get me to take his rattler off his hands. I'm not sure if I want to keep a hot and was curious about the pros and cons of keeping venomous snakes. I don't know which species the rattler is or how old it is; I think it's about 3 ft long.
I'm used to handling crotalids; I live on a canyon in Southern California and every backyard in the neighborhood gets invaded periodically. We also get the occasional "visitor" at my work. I usually just carry them to the other side of the fence and let them go back in the canyon. I keep a hook and tongs in my truck just for such a purpose.
So it's not the *handling* of crotalids so much as the *keeping* that I'm curious about.
Also, since I do have to handle the occasional rattler, what sort of medical stuff should I keep with me just in case?
Thanks for the help,