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Old 06-10-2010, 01:38 AM
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dont wanna cause an argument or anythin

just wondering how old u people let ur kids hold ur snakes..
my daughter is 20months and she loves the snakes.. my baby burm is now called bubba snakey and the big boa is called mr bitey hehe

hope holds my royal obviously with me holding his head just in case and she loves it but just wondering how many other ppl let there kids hold or even stroke their snakes and at what age..
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:14 AM
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my son is 11month old and he has fell in love with my year old corn snake plus he had a picture taken wit a royal over his shoulders and he likes my mates 7 foot red tail boa
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:33 AM
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I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old, they both hold and adore my royals, but i wont let them near my boa, they have it drummed into their head that the boa bites and the royals are friendly.
i suppose its good to let your kids join in and interact with the snakes but where do you cut the line,
i wouldnt ever let my kids near things like retics and anything that could really harm them.
a snake can lash out at any split second and how would you or the misses feel if your snake got hold of your little kid?
only royals for me.
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As long as common sense prevails, I don't think many people would have a problem with kids handling snakes
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:01 AM
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As long as common sense prevails, I don't think many people would have a problem with kids handling snakes
very true mate, but then ask yourself this question,
how safe can you be?
and will that awareness fade off as the snake becomes comfy with your child?
because its the same as everything, once you feel comfy with the snake and child together, your awareness will lower and then thats when things can go wrong.
dont get me wrong, its great to start the little kids off with snakes, BUT i just wouldnt allow my boa around them. just the royals.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:20 AM
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I only let my oldest two handle the snakes (13 and 15). I dont think the triplets are old enough to handle them (they're 7, 8 in Dec), because corns are quick, the royals are too big, and the triplets are too young to handle any of them safely and the snakes could get hurt. They do stroke them when I'm holding them though, they love them.

Second eldest rarely handles them as she's a bit flappy when they're wiggly, but my oldest handles all apart from Hank the biggest royal (he's too shy yet). She's an angel at cleaning out time too.
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My little girl is 6 and she handles all of our boas, even the adult girls but ONLY under supervision. She must always wash her hands before and afterwards. It is her 'job' every other day to change the snakes' water too

I believe she is more at risk of being caused an injury by one of our cats but I'm not oblivious to the fact that she could be bitten. I would not let her handle one of ours if I knew that it was more 'grumpy' than the others.
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my son is 3 and a half and i don't let him handle, both species (child and snake) are random and erratic, get them together and anything could happen..maybe when he is much older
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my little brother is 8 and i'm trying to get him interested in reptiles.
i'd let him hold any snake that i knew was calm, but always under my supervision!

excluding anything like big burms, retics, rear fanged, you get the picture

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All my kids have and do handle my snakes (supervised of course) like any pet common sense should prevail.
I would be more worried about letting a dog near my children than a snake even the smallest dog has bigger and dangerous teeth than a snake check out the papers every other month you hear of a dog mauling a child also i am damn sure if a snake mauled a child it would hit front page the world over how many of those stories have you read (none).

Snake = safe to handle with common sense
Dog = safe but handle with care
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