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Posted by Keith Hillson on May 11, 2003 at 17:10:49:
In Reply to: Kids and Kings, HELP!!! posted by KevinM on May 10, 2003 at 23:23:59:
My daughter at 1 or so was intrigued by snakes and by 2 was allowed to hold a small juvenile. I demostrated on how to hold and not restrain the snake etc... and she took to it very very well. My nieces on the other hand simply wanted to hold and squeeze the snake too tightly ,due to fear is my guess. All kids are not going to be the same my daughter wasn't affraid of them so I think that makes things much easier. (see my post below from a couple of days ago).
:I have two children, ages 6 and 2. Both ask desperately to help me care for and see the snakes daily. However, I am afraid of feeding response accidents and general skittishness of several of my kingsnake species due to lack of excess handling. I have no problem manipulating them out to clean, inspect and briefly handle, but only one or two are tame enough to trust with my children. But, sometimes my youngest sticks his hands/face in too quickly and I get nervous and ruin the experience somewhat for them due to my aggitation/fear of them getting tagged. I want their intro to reptiles to be pleasant and hopefully they will surpass me in reptile husbandry. Whats the best way to introduce them? Any suggestions on how to spark your kids interest into herps or just teach them general good care of any pet?
:Thanks, just looking for food for thought.