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#221 - swagalicous (11/04/2013) [-]
some are even edible.
#173 - callitchickensalad (11/04/2013) [-]
but can they beat wizard lizards
#147 - Shawksta (11/03/2013) [-]
Master i swear to god just wait till you go to bed...

Whats that?

#122 - funnyfuuuuuu (11/03/2013) [-]
Don't forget the Scaleless Ball Python!
#141 to #122 - maxsexington (11/03/2013) [-]
Thats ******* adorable
#234 - lobselvith ONLINE (11/04/2013) [-]

His name is Victor. He's curious about everything around him, and sometimes takes a **** on my bed.
#223 - theblondefetus (11/04/2013) [-]
**** , now I want one
#116 - smokeyrp ONLINE (11/03/2013) [-]
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#92 - dandyhandy **User deleted account** (11/03/2013) [-]

That there is over 1,600 morph combinations of Ball Pythons, All of them on the list ate the same species, Python regius.

< My bumbebee
User avatar #238 - Kyogre (11/04/2013) [-]
I love my python so much. His name is Jagger and the way he slithers in circles around my neck is too adorable. Inb4 moves like jagger
#198 - frey (11/04/2013) [-]
Serious question: do snakes like to be pet?
User avatar #237 to #198 - oneironaut (11/04/2013) [-]
I don't think they associate it with affection, but since your warm, if they trust you they might enjoy it. Mine enjoys sitting in my lap and hiding in my pockets and sitting on my shoulders.
#239 to #198 - bodysnatchers (11/04/2013) [-]
Never pet towards the head, it could catch a scale and really hurt the snake, but they dont mind it at all if its from head to tail
User avatar #203 to #198 - kissmycooch (11/04/2013) [-]
like touched?
id think so because your body is warm, and mine get all relaxed when i hold them
User avatar #152 - theezachulator (11/03/2013) [-]
i have a little corn snake its adorable
#138 - hotschurl (11/03/2013) [-]
3rd time i get to use this gif today. FJ is more like D'awwwJunk today, not that i would mind
3rd time i get to use this gif today. FJ is more like D'awwwJunk today, not that i would mind
#80 - dandyhandy **User deleted account** (11/03/2013) [-]
The last one is a Burmese python, not a ball.
#70 - miia ONLINE (11/03/2013) [-]
#66 - lolerlaura (11/03/2013) [-]
Ball pythons arent the best snakes ever.... Definitely not fashionable either.
#63 - bababadsheep (11/03/2013) [-]
Alright OP, stop right there you bastard. I am ******* terrified of snakes. I dislike the way they move, I dislike how fast they are, I dislike their inability to show how they are feeling to a damn mammal such as myself, and anything that swallows their prey whole and ALIVE should be kept as far away as possible.

But goddamn, you actually made me stop and think "I wonder what it would be like to own one of those as a pet?".
User avatar #76 to #63 - psychonaut (11/03/2013) [-]
It's pretty cool having a ball python. They're pretty docile and passive. They do swallow their food whole, but not alive. They strike and grab the prey, wrapping themselves around it, and squeeze until it stops breathing, and the heart stops beating.
User avatar #78 to #76 - bababadsheep (11/03/2013) [-]
Mmm, yeah, thanks but no thanks. I will stick to ferrets as far as long, slender pets go. Plus, I think I would feel a bit safer having a mammal resting on my shoulder and not something that chokes it's prey out.

It twas still a neat post though. Don't mind reptiles as long as they keep their distance. You keep any other reptiles besides the python?
User avatar #81 to #78 - psychonaut (11/03/2013) [-]
I had a ferret once. They're pretty nice too, but I think I'll stick to reptiles from here on out. I wanna try to breed my gecko someday.
User avatar #83 to #81 - bababadsheep (11/03/2013) [-]
/r/ing pics of your gecko.
#87 to #83 - psychonaut (11/03/2013) [-]
My Artemis
#102 to #87 - bababadsheep (11/03/2013) [-]
What an intense look. Like a little dragon. Neat.
#161 to #102 - psychonaut (11/04/2013) [-]
And this is Salazar
User avatar #168 to #161 - bababadsheep (11/04/2013) [-]
What do you call that pattern? Or I am learning that they aren't called patterns. Morphs is it? Or is that another thing?
User avatar #169 to #168 - psychonaut (11/04/2013) [-]
Morphs. He's a pastel. I bought him at a reptile expo in Arlington. A breeder there said that you couldn't get a male pastel for less that fifty dollars, but I went to the next row of tables and got Salazar for thirty.
User avatar #160 to #63 - nighkey (11/03/2013) [-]
I breed and raise red tail boas and ball pythons. People who enter the snake room are often clutching their stomachs in obvious discomfort, with a nervous smile, and edgy. I'll ask, "Do you want to hold one?" And they immediately shake there head no. "That's fine, I'm okay." But curiosity keeps them from running out the door.

So I open the tank/slide open the snake rack and gently remove one of my babies. It proceeds to curl around my hand, flicking it's tongue. The person watching cringes, but then starts to calm down. The snake starts doing things the visitor wasn't expecting, like raising it's face to mine to flick it's tongue, as if confirming who has it and taking in their scent. They move slowly, and caress my arms, and calmly slide between fingertips to explore. Some of them like to coil between glasses and take them off, causing the holder to laugh and go, "Ah!"

The person ends up holding them, trembling at first. They usually keep the session short, then give the snake back, and go tell everyone about it. The next time they come over, I don't say anything, and they usually ASK to hold a snake. This is where it starts...

They are warm, have emotions and personalities, and enjoy being held. Some try and refuse to go back in their tanks, and I had one that blew bubbles at the bottom of the bath tub. They are amazing and give you experiences that no one else can imagine.

Back when I only had one snake in the middle of winter, the power went out. While everyone else was getting space heaters and bunking in the living room, I was in a winter coat pushing my snake under my shirt to save her life and keep her warm through the night. We had to sleep like that all night.
User avatar #162 to #160 - bababadsheep (11/04/2013) [-]
Cool story. My snake fear might come from the fact that my dad took me to the zoo when I was five, and the zoo people did a show on snakes. They asked for volunteers (it was aimed at kids) to come on stage, and hang with the snakes. My dad sent me up, and I spent the next 5 minutes with a giantass boa curled around my legs.

Childhood trauma man. But this thread really is doing wonders for making me change my mind on snakes. Maybe I will find someone willing to help me get used to snakes in my area and I can conquer this phobia.
User avatar #167 to #162 - nighkey (11/04/2013) [-]
When I was still wary and fearful and had never seen one outside of the circus or zoo, I was in a family owned pet store and thought about buying one. The employee allowed people to hold the snakes, and that hooked me.

So maybe go to a pet store and explain you are interested, and hold a few just to see if you are okay with it? The employee will usually put on gloves and use a hook, it's more of a policy, and then hand them to you. I shook my first time, too, but then bought the snake on the spot.
User avatar #172 to #167 - bababadsheep (11/04/2013) [-]
Well, looks like after my shift tomorrow I am going to see what my local pet stores have. Probably corn snakes. I get the impression from youtube and 4chan thread on snakes that those guys are probably less dangerous than cats.
User avatar #189 to #172 - nighkey (11/04/2013) [-]
I wish you luck. =D
#90 to #63 - dandyhandy **User deleted account** (11/03/2013) [-]
Ferrets naturally feed by grabbing small mammals and whacking them on logs and tearing them apart to kill them. Not much better than quick constriction, IMO. Your fear clearly comes from a lack of understanding of snakes.

They show a range of behaviors, they don't have much in the way of feeling but when you know what to look for, they give off many signs in the way of whether they are comfortable (happy), stressed or defensive (angry).

What is it like to own a Ball Python as a pet?
I'll tell you. First, it's an intellectual challenge. The vast majority of Ball Python owners don't care for them properly because they never took the time to do research on proper husbandry. That leaves the animal helpless, might drive them to stop eating, and is essentially a painful, uncomfortable and slow death for the snake. There are obvious differences in behavior and health in a snake that is cared for properly versus one that isn't. Once you do your research and are confident that you have given your pet the best possible life it could have, it's very rewarding. Not only because your snake will thrive, but because you have done what not many people care enough about the animal in their care to do.

After that, it's... peaceful. As peaceful as watching the sunrise. They are quiet, don't take up much space, and don't require too much maintenance. In return, they are typically calm, slow-moving, and very calming to hold and let move through your hands. They are not much in the way of good display pets as they like to spend the vast majority of their time in their cage sleeping and hiding, but they make up for it by being great to handle, easy to care for, and very very beautiful.

When you truly understand them, you start to appreciate their individual personalities, and are likely to find the meanest Ball Pythons (because mean ones are rare), oh so adorable and funny.
#99 to #90 - bababadsheep (11/03/2013) [-]
I think I can relate to what you are saying about snakes. People generally think my ferrets are barbaric and violent, plus nosy as hell, as well as bad smelling and loners, but in reality they spend as much time with you as dogs, are a little too curious at times but only if they are bored which is a sign you aren't doing it right, are in fact related to skunks but get that little organ removed young by competent breeders, and will actually die from loneliness.

I suppose "exotic" pets will always be a little misunderstood by people who don't know. Thanks for spreading a little info. I even learned a new word "husbandry".

pic is the most related I could find on the web
#39 - herrstig **User deleted account** (11/03/2013) [-]
That's my ball
#3 - hoboguyman ONLINE (11/03/2013) [-]
**hoboguyman rolled a random image posted in comment #4 at A game idea ** obligatory.
#109 - gongthehawkeye (11/03/2013) [-]
Do these things bite?   
I kinda wanna get one when I move out and have my own place.
Do these things bite?
I kinda wanna get one when I move out and have my own place.
User avatar #112 to #109 - vexaton (11/03/2013) [-]
No they don't. They don't have any venom from what I remember (my family used to have two of them) either.
User avatar #118 to #112 - heartlessrobot (11/03/2013) [-]
They do bite, and it hurts like a bitch when they do, but dogs and cats can bite too. If it has teeth, it can bite. Hell, some things that don't have teeth can bite too.
User avatar #156 to #118 - HypomanDan (11/03/2013) [-]
The only time I have been bitten by a non venomous snake it drew the smallest amount of blood, and didn't hurt for more than 2 seconds, a mosquito bite is worse. That being said the snake just got a bit of a fright
User avatar #157 to #156 - heartlessrobot (11/03/2013) [-]
Oh. I had a friend get his arm shredded when he pull the snake off.
Yeah, he's a bit of a dumbass.
User avatar #159 to #157 - HypomanDan (11/03/2013) [-]
By the sound of it I can imagine, My mum has a spotted python, when she was younger the snake was more prone to snapping, but she has slowly calmed down. Just remember to never **** with a snake when it is eating, interrupting them when eating can to a lot of harm to the snake if you cause it to regurgitate. They make great pets though
User avatar #155 to #109 - nighkey (11/03/2013) [-]
I actually breed boas and ball pythons, and I've never once been bitten through feeding them or handling them as pets. I've watched someone else get bitten by the boas by not washing their hands after handling pet rats, and by trying to pick them up during feeding time.

If you don't mess with them while you feed them and some time after, they are extremely docile and MUCH prefer to curl up into balls than bite. In the wild, to avoid being snatched up by birds of prey, they have this reaction. The babies feel a bit like a carpet burn or don't hurt at all, the adults do hurt quite a bit.
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