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Posted by Jeremy Clarke on May 11, 2003 at 15:46:44:
In Reply to: I failed at kingsnake ownership, i guess i really screwed up posted by -ryan- on May 10, 2003 at 20:32:56:
My mother used to tell me that when I grew up, and had my own house, I could have as many snakes as I wanted, but until then I better "let that wild animal go, where I found it!!!" I was able to house and feed three garter snakes for a month once on the sideyard until she discovered them and they had to go. That was the record...everything else was strictly "catch-and-release", shich meant I was never able to work anything past the biting/musking stage.
Well....now I have my own home and am currently housing 11 snakes, soon to be 12. I take the "kids" over to mom's house to visit all the time (heh heh heh). I actually got her to touch my boas tail the other day...a HUGE step for her.
Be patient. Just because you can't currently house any snakes doesn't mean you can't study/research such animals. Do that whenever possible. I read every snake related book or magazine article I could find. It's possible that your parents may see your fascination and change their minds. It's possible they may not. Mine never did. Some people will never be comfortable around serpents. I try not to push them on people...heck, I feel the same way about Spiders (shudder).
Hang in there. Now is not forever, your day will come.