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@61,107, 114, No, snakes do NOT measure themselves up against prey. They really only care if it will fit in their mouths, whether trying to eat it would be dangerous, and whether the animal matches their instinctive category for 'food.' And frankly they don't always succeed at the first two: find the picture of the Burmese Python in the everglades literally ripped apart from the inside by an oversized Gator it swallowed. Somewhere on the internet a herpetologist is crying. Go find him and apologize.
Tsk tsk. Gosh OP. You TOTALLY should've been prepared about their loving "pet" snake wanting to cuddle with you... That little bite was TOTALLY just a love bite, and you had no reason to freak out... Smh, start looking for other roommates. That would've scared the shit out of me. I would be terrified to sleep after that incident lol...
@114 - I have a boa and a python neither size up their meals. the python caresses with her nose. the boa strikes and rolls around in a very dramatic fashion. if they had to size up their prey in that fashion a snake would rarely eat since most animals when the animal that can eat they comes around leave in a quick fashion.
Never in my life seen a snake do that. Ever. I do know that snakes can eat anything they can fit their jaws around, so unless a snake is as big as the ones in the movie Anaconda (or a freely roaming Python in the wild anywhere) I highly doubt a snake kept as a pet has a big enough head to eat a person, even the big ol' Burmese pythons some people have.
1 snake could not do damage to an ecosystem. snakes eat 1-4 times a month. and unless the species is already in the ecosystem it will not have the opportunity to mate. also if the snake was fed frozen vs live feed then it will struggle as it is not accustomed to hunting live food so it could die after a couple months. also the majority of snakes are fed white mice and if you feed them something other than white they won't accept it. so if they are picky in that sense they will not go after brown wild mice.
While I agree with most of the post, snakes introduced to a new ecosystem can and do cause damage. See Florida and Louisiana. A few too many people let their pets loose / lost track of them, and now Florida is overrun. They're eating crocs, pets, and the local wildlife and majorly damaging the eco system. It blows, I'd love to get in on the catching program to deal with it but I'm hours away.
@162 those are Burmese pythons which are extremely aggressive pythons and they grow exceptionally large and they have plenty opportunities to mate. or they are red tail boas. HOPEFULLY someone living most likely in an apartment would not house a snake that is capable of growing to 14' in length and literally being able eat a small child. however a ball python will never get large enough to eat anything bigger than maybe MAYBE a small rabbit. My Nicaraguan Dwarf boa also will not get large enough to do any damage. nor would any corn snakes, king snakes, or basic pet snakes. as a snake person I would personally be very afraid of my roommates pet if they had a Burmese. might as well have an anaconda both are not safe to have. Those people are irresponsible and cause so many problems.
Shit, if it was me that snake would've been lucky to be alive. Snakes are great to look at and observe not to cuddle with Fyl OP
Putting "pet" in scare quotes just because it's not a pet you'd choose to own makes you seem like a "nice" person. Imagine someone offering their regards to your "family" and "significant other".
i feel like they say "pet" like that because pets are normally kept in a tank/cage thing, and tame things arnt SUPPOSE to bite you. in other words, the snake was doing everything a pet isnt suppose to do. obviouly it only bit cause they screamed and scared it, and i do not believe it is normally agressive and not actually a wild snake. it just snuck out of its enclosment so im not bashing snakes at all. i like snakes and all, im just trying to shed some light on why op would be upset. a snake bit their chin!!
122 - i dont feel thats a fair comparison, you should say cat or dog BITE, because cats and dogs can bite just as well as snakes, and your giving a dog a wayyy less harsh action then what the snake done. it would not change the situation, it would actually be worse if a dog feircly bite a persons face, the scars! unless i read your comment out of context, and you mean what i mean.then cool
#154: I THINK maybe they're meaning something similar? There's all this freaking out and the implication it's not a real pet because it's a snake, whereas if it were a more common pet it wouldn't get the same reaction. You'd probably have far fewer people in the comments joking about killing said pet, too, I bet.
Most people don't consider snakes pets at all. If it was a dog or a cat, I bet the word "pet" would NOT have been in quotation marks. And there wouldn't have been so many jokes about killing the dog/cat because killing animals is a horrible thing to do, especially to someone's pet.