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Posted by Scamp on November 17, 2001 at 15:22:57:
In Reply to: Just wondering + Pic posted by Justin on November 16, 2001 at 19:16:34:
DFWHS has no power over individuals and as such I can only provide you with my personal opinions. As a genreal rule of thumb I try to persuade private individuals not to keep venomous snakes, particularly if they live within an incorporated area and even more so if they live in an apartment or a manufactured home. I would also like to point out that many towns and cities prohibit the private ownership of reptiles and almost every single municipality strictly forbids the private ownership of any venomous snake or lizard.
So I guess an individual should ask themselves a nuber of questions before launching into keeping hot herps.
1. Is it legal to have where I live?
2. Can I provide the proper security to keep this animal safely, thus protecting myself, my family, my neighbors, and my hobby? An escaped reptile, regardless if venomous or not, is often the basis of anti-reptile laws.
3. What level of experience do I have? Have I spent enough time working with aggressive non-venomous snakes to provide the proper experience and skill?
4. Do I know all the safety proceedures and protocals to answer #'s 2 & 3?
5. Will their be enough antivenin should I get tagged? Will my need for the antivenin place professionals at the nearest zoo in jeopardy because their supplies will then be low?
Agsin, these are just my opinions and each individual must make that choice for him/herself.