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Link Posted: 9/6/2010 11:30:21 PM EDT


What a gyp. I was expecting to see a Gaboon Viper
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 11:38:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 11:41:42 PM EDT
I miss them buggers...they are very vocal animals and lightning fast when striking!
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 11:49:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2010 11:49:50 PM EDT by TheMechanic48]
No.
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 11:56:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2010 11:57:50 PM EDT by Tony-Ri]
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:03:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 12:04:22 AM EDT by 56type]
Originally Posted By Tony-Ri:
What's with the coloring?



That's a short snake! Is it related to a python?


Not even close ....it's an east african venomous snake. Those look to be the eastern variety (the western have a rhino horn protrusion on the end of the nose).

ETA: fangs can be up to 2 inches long in a grown adult.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:08:43 AM EDT
Yes they are eastern....like easterns colors more then west.

No there is absolutly no relation between boas/pythons and gaboon vipers...no boa or python is deadly in the sense of venom delivery:-)
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:18:05 AM EDT


I've just got a ball python right now. Back home in texas I'd have whatever snakes I happened to come across outside. Bring them home, feed them, observe them for a while then set them loose. Used to catch copperheads, western diamondbacks, water moccasins, rat snakes, tree snakes, anything I could. Coolest snake I ever caught was a green tree snake. Damn thing could wrap just a few inches of its tail around my arm to get a firm grip and then straighten out the rest of his body like the branch of a tree or something. it was neat as hell. That was the only wild caught snake that didn't require any adjustment period, he took to being "captive" like he'd been doing it all his life. Perhaps he was owned at one point and then released, who knows.

I'd like to get a coral snake to see what they're all about. Haven't found any around here yet although I hear they do live in these parts.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:23:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zack3g:


I've just got a ball python right now. Back home in texas I'd have whatever snakes I happened to come across outside. Bring them home, feed them, observe them for a while then set them loose. Used to catch copperheads, western diamondbacks, water moccasins, rat snakes, tree snakes, anything I could. Coolest snake I ever caught was a green tree snake. Damn thing could wrap just a few inches of its tail around my arm to get a firm grip and then straighten out the rest of his body like the branch of a tree or something. it was neat as hell. That was the only wild caught snake that didn't require any adjustment period, he took to being "captive" like he'd been doing it all his life. Perhaps he was owned at one point and then released, who knows.

I'd like to get a coral snake to see what they're all about. Haven't found any around here yet although I hear they do live in these parts.


Problem with corals is they tend to only eat other snakes and lizards so finding food can be tuff unless you have tons of anoles. I wish I could have some copperheads but I don't like the idea of having them here in Philly where it's illegal:-(
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:07:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TheMechanic48:
No.


Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:08:22 AM EDT
no ;o)
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:27:18 AM EDT
Funny seeing grown men scared of such creatures! Y'all are funny lol.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:43:29 AM EDT
We have a corn snake, nothing exciting.

Why is that gaboon so short? Is it a juvenile?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:56:47 AM EDT
Get a dog.Much better friends,and on the rare chance they bite you don't die.(for the guy who brings home strays)
We don't have rattlers or any venomous snakes in this area of Ohio(woohoo) but if we did I certainly would not bring them home to play.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:11:26 AM EDT
Where's Retic at????
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:00:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:09:20 AM EDT
I've got a beutiful Black Racer living in my backyard under a palm who I make a point of not disturbing (I like having him around).
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:27:21 AM EDT
I used to keep snakes but haven't for some years. My property is damn near crawling with Black Rat snakes as it is so I see enough of those to keep me interested. I see one every other week or so, almost stepped on a small one last week and my 2 year old started yelling "snake daddy!" and I saw it
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:54:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Gaboonviper85:
Funny seeing grown men scared of such creatures! Y'all are funny lol.


You think that's something? Bring out a spider!
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:09:37 AM EDT
Wait, so you have venomous snakes? What is the point? You get bit = possibility of dying?

I don't get it.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:14:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SightsOnTarget:
Wait, so you have venomous snakes? What is the point? You get bit = possibility of dying?

I don't get it.


Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:15:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:16:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 12:53:38 PM EDT by Retic]

Originally Posted By Furyataurus:
Where's Retic at????
Hi

You've all seen most of the pics I've taken of my venomous. Some day I'll take pics of some mambas and spitting cobras, but pics are hard to get with the venomous so I have only shown a part of my collection.


Not to high jack but I have been meaning to put these up. This is just a small sample of what I have going on right now and ball pythons have only started hatching. I never used to take pics but you guys always seem interested. So here are new pics.

Blood python




Purple albino reticulated python






Albino boas. Males on the left females on the right.


Albinos and Hets


Normals and Hypos


Lemon Blast and Super Blast ball pythons.


Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:17:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By -RTC-:
Originally Posted By Gaboonviper85:
Funny seeing grown men scared of such creatures! Y'all are funny lol.


You think that's something? Bring out a spider!
I made this pic just for Arfcom.


Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:19:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SightsOnTarget:
Wait, so you have venomous snakes? What is the point? You get bit = possibility of dying?

I don't get it.


Wait, so you have a deadly gun? What is the point? You get shot = possibility of dying?

Yeah, I know, not really the same thing. Still, some people just keep what they like. It's not a macho thing, usually. I had a friend that was really into gray-banded kingsnakes and loved the little mottled rock rattlesnakes we found with them in the same areas, so he started to keep and breed them as well. Before that he was really into eyelash vipers.

As for me, I am a simple guy. I used to breed native Texas colubrids, my favorites being trans-Pecos ratsnakes. After getting married, having less time for snakes, having less money for snakes, I got out completely. However, this Father's Day my kids gave me a corn snake that I dearly love. She is quite the cutie. I am satisfied with that for now. Not even looking to breed, just enjoying her.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:21:37 AM EDT
Ok excuse my response but WHY THE &*^% WOULD YOU WANT A VENOMOUS SNAKE AS A PET?!
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:22:28 AM EDT
I loved my Gaboon- had a whole slew of hot stuff: Egyptian cobra, monocle cobra, forest cobra, Gaboon viper, puff adder, trans-pecos copperhead, mojave rattler, pygmy rattlers, golden eyelash viper, western diamondback, eastern copperhead and a bunch of non-venomous.

When I moved in with the wife (before we were married) I made a deal that if anything got out they would be gone. Had them for another 3 years then broke a cardinal rule and left the door to the snake room open (it was a sealed room). The Egyptian got off the hook, booked down the corridor and disappeared into the living room. After 5 hours my other friend into hot snakes and I found her wrapped around the springs in the couch (we heard her "huffing" when we moved the couch. Finally got her extricated and back in the cage.

A week later they were all sold off
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:32:58 AM EDT
I couldn't even consider owning a venomous snake, but I'm fascinated by those who do, and love hearing the stories and seeing the pics.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:33:07 AM EDT
A couple of snakes....



Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:33:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By saigamanTX:
Ok excuse my response but WHY THE &*^% WOULD YOU WANT A VENOMOUS SNAKE AS A PET?!


Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:34:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By saigamanTX:
Ok excuse my response but WHY THE &*^% WOULD YOU WANT A VENOMOUS SNAKE AS A PET?!

Please don't turn this into a snake bashing thread.

I personally have never owned a venomous reptile I considered a "pet". I do not sell them to people that think they are "pets". I do not pick on people for being afraid of snakes and I would hope that people could understand my passion for reptiles. I can't speak for the OP but I have my animals out of a genuine interest in them. I don't have them for the the thrill. Quite frankly there is not thrill or adrenaline rush when you have been at it as long as I have. I just like snakes the way anyone else likes their hobby of choice. I follow the law and am permitted to keep them.




Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:37:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:40:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Originally Posted By Retic:

Originally Posted By saigamanTX:
Ok excuse my response but WHY THE &*^% WOULD YOU WANT A VENOMOUS SNAKE AS A PET?!

Please don't turn this into a snake bashing thread.

I personally have never owned a venomous reptile I considered a "pet". I do not sell them to people that think they are "pets". I do not pick on people for being afraid of snakes and I would hope that people could understand my passion for reptiles. I can't speak for the OP but I have my animals out of a genuine interest in them. I don't have them for the the thrill. Quite frankly there is not thrill or adrenaline rush when you have been at it as long as I have. I just like snakes the way anyone else likes their hobby of choice. I follow the law and am permitted to keep them.



I'm curious about the first pic––it appears to my untrained eye to be a cobra loose on the ground––true? What if it got away? If this is correct, and it got away, you and I would not get along very well as neighbors.


But it would be easy to find you though.........................just look for the guy on top of the table with a broom screaming like a little girl.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:40:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Retic:

Originally Posted By saigamanTX:
Ok excuse my response but WHY THE &*^% WOULD YOU WANT A VENOMOUS SNAKE AS A PET?!

Please don't turn this into a snake bashing thread.

I personally have never owned a venomous reptile I considered a "pet". I do not sell them to people that think they are "pets". I do not pick on people for being afraid of snakes and I would hope that people could understand my passion for reptiles. I can't speak for the OP but I have my animals out of a genuine interest in them. I don't have them for the the thrill. Quite frankly there is not thrill or adrenaline rush when you have been at it as long as I have. I just like snakes the way anyone else likes their hobby of choice. I follow the law and am permitted to keep them.


Don't let the haters drag down this thread like the one you were posting in a while back.

Ever been bitten by a venomous snake?
What's your procedure for getting one out of its cage?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:44:57 AM EDT


Small Gaboons always look like primodial dwarfs....
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:45:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:49:34 AM EDT
Did you have to get a $200 tax stamp on that Gaboon Viper?

It looks like it was sawed off!
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:52:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Originally Posted By Retic:

Originally Posted By saigamanTX:
Ok excuse my response but WHY THE &*^% WOULD YOU WANT A VENOMOUS SNAKE AS A PET?!

Please don't turn this into a snake bashing thread.

I personally have never owned a venomous reptile I considered a "pet". I do not sell them to people that think they are "pets". I do not pick on people for being afraid of snakes and I would hope that people could understand my passion for reptiles. I can't speak for the OP but I have my animals out of a genuine interest in them. I don't have them for the the thrill. Quite frankly there is not thrill or adrenaline rush when you have been at it as long as I have. I just like snakes the way anyone else likes their hobby of choice. I follow the law and am permitted to keep them.



I'm curious about the first pic––it appears to my untrained eye to be a cobra loose on the ground––true? What if it got away? If this is correct, and it got away, you and I would not get along very well as neighbors.

There is a lot you don't see in the pics. Like glass between me and the animal. That's why in my first post in this thread I said taking pics of the venomous is a pain. I have never had an escape of any kind.

I think we could make good neighbors. You could come over and use my range if you wanted, and I can honestly say my animals would never cause you any trouble.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:54:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:01:25 AM EDT
Forgive the initial response.

I'm just a lil surprised as far as collecting venomous snakes. I think with the proper safety I bet it's a cool hobby. I just tend to be a lil wary around poisonous snakes as I've had a couple close calls with water mocassans....Very cool though

Again sorry for the first response.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:02:32 AM EDT
always enjoy seeing a snake thread
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:04:16 AM EDT
I prefer human females, but whatever floats your boat.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:06:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By numberofthebeast:
I prefer human females, but whatever floats your boat.

I think we all do. But you've gotta have something to do when they aren't around.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:07:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By saigamanTX:
Forgive the initial response.

I'm just a lil surprised as far as collecting venomous snakes. I think with the proper safety I bet it's a cool hobby. I just tend to be a lil wary around poisonous snakes as I've had a couple close calls with water mocassans....Very cool though

Again sorry for the first response.


If it helps, I've never met a soul who kept water moccasins. Those things are very aggressive. I am sure some folks do, but I never like handling overly aggressive species, even the non-venomous kind. Coach whips come to mind as an aggressive breed that is "harmless" that I wouldn't wish on anyone.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:09:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:13:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Stegadeth:
Originally Posted By saigamanTX:
Forgive the initial response.

I'm just a lil surprised as far as collecting venomous snakes. I think with the proper safety I bet it's a cool hobby. I just tend to be a lil wary around poisonous snakes as I've had a couple close calls with water mocassans....Very cool though

Again sorry for the first response.


If it helps, I've never met a soul who kept water moccasins. Those things are very aggressive. I am sure some folks do, but I never like handling overly aggressive species, even the non-venomous kind. Coach whips come to mind as an aggressive breed that is "harmless" that I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Does anyone literally "handle" venomous snakes? They use those steel rods with bent ends, right?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:15:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By doggscube:

Originally Posted By Stegadeth:
Originally Posted By saigamanTX:
Forgive the initial response.

I'm just a lil surprised as far as collecting venomous snakes. I think with the proper safety I bet it's a cool hobby. I just tend to be a lil wary around poisonous snakes as I've had a couple close calls with water mocassans....Very cool though

Again sorry for the first response.


If it helps, I've never met a soul who kept water moccasins. Those things are very aggressive. I am sure some folks do, but I never like handling overly aggressive species, even the non-venomous kind. Coach whips come to mind as an aggressive breed that is "harmless" that I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Does anyone literally "handle" venomous snakes? They use those steel rods with bent ends, right?


I know of a couple of churches who do.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:16:12 AM EDT


Holy shit, he's more like a worm than a snake. He's (or she I have no clue) really short and thick.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:20:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By maddmatt:

I know of a couple of churches who do.

I mean in the sense that they become tame. Our corn snake hasn't bitten since I first got him. He was a baby and we got him via mail. I opened the little container and he came out like a shot ready to fuck up anything he could find. Couldn't break my skin.
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