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Old 24-10-2007, 08:56 PM
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I would dearly love to have a Gaboon!, but I know less than nothing about handling, which i know will get me killed! I saw the two today at west midlands safari park - she's a big girl! Just wondering really if anyone near me keeps DWA snakes and might be willing to let me have a look around. Or if someone could point me in the right direction of what to start looking at in the way of information. Thanks very much in advance, Ben
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And if you don't want to advertise that you keep hots here you could PM me, thanks - Ben
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Old 24-10-2007, 09:01 PM
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On the subject of handling, YOU DON'T! Handling is an extreme unnescassary risk. I don't know how old you ar but you will need a DWA license and I'm not sure whether you have to be 18 to apply for one. Basically, keeping hot snakes is inadvisable but if you feel you must, get as much experience with snakes possible and don't start with a gabby!

Her's a really good, informative site.

Beginner's Guide to Keeping Venomous Snakes

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Lol - I know about DWAL!! I did'nt mean handling as in handling with hands. Handling using snake sticks and stuff. And if you read my post again you will see that it says I want to get experience! If that means learning stuff from someone for 5 years without coming into contact with a snake then so be it! I'm not dumb!
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Sorry, didn't mean to imply that, just try to warn! It's a good idea to try and work with fast, agressive non-venomous snakes as a sarting point and work from there...Check out the site, it's pretty good, very informative...
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No worries chief, I'll keep you posted when i get my first DWA!
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Can hardly wait!
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I bought a couple of good books on the subject Venomous snakes in captivity by BW Smith and venomous snakes in the terranium by some German guy that I cant remember his name without looking. Research all you can, talk to people that keep already read about envenomations and the effects and carefully think about whether its something you really want to do.
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no point in thinking about it just do it my first ever snake was a gaboon viper i used to let it climb around the house sit on my shoulder etc was so docile!
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Old 27-10-2007, 05:24 PM
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what you really want to do is talk to viperkeeper or somebody herpelogically famous. Dean ripa's inspired me when i talked to him at his serpentarium to get a dwa liscence when i'm 18. Just to note so that he doesnt get any abuse he didnt tell me to get a liscence, his serpentarium did.
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