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Posted by Rob Carmichael on May 12, 2003 at 06:26:06:
In Reply to: Help Me get a snake posted by brodie57 on May 12, 2003 at 04:22:58:
First, a children's python is a great pet snake for a 15-year old (any age for that matter). I will say that if it wasn't for my parents allowing me to keep just about every type of herp under the sun, I wouldn't be a professional herpetogist today (directing a very successful wildlife center); same goes for my twin brother Chris who is what I would call a true herpetologist (academically). But, before my parents allowed me to keep herps I had to prove that I was responsible. I showed the utmost of respect towards my folks, helped around the house and tried to be an overall good person. They knew they could TRUST me. If your parents have those same feelings towards you, it should be a no brainer. If you are a disrespectful and disobedient child, there's no way you deserve a pet snake, simple as that. The benefits of keeping herps are many, here's just a few:
1) teaches responsibility
2) teaches about the world around us (keeping herps teaches us about geography, geology, biology, math, etc.)
3) keeping herps typically fosters a better appreciation and respect and kindness towards other people
4) keeping herps can be a great motivational tool to getting good grades
So, try bartering with your parents. Do extra chores around the house, etc. One our 15 year olds who volunteers at my wildlife center, who also wanted her own pet snake, put together a very impressive power point presentation about why she should be allowed to keep a pet snake....and it worked. Good luck.
: I really want to get a childrens python but since I'm only 15 it has to be ok wid my parents. They will let me get one if i can give them loads of good reasons for keeping snakes as pets, some help with this would be great, thanks in advance