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People just don't understand

This is not aimed at anyone here but it makes me so frustrated that when ever people find out that I like spiders, scorpions, roaches, rodents and reptiles one of the first things they start talking about is how they kill spiders, scorpions, roaches, rodents or reptiles. It's like why would I want to know how many spiders someone has killed right after I say that I love them. That would be like me telling people that I go around crushing kittens or shooting dogs when they tell me that they just got a cat or dog. I actually love cats & dogs and would never kill one. People always ask me why I would want to own a spider, scorpion, roach, rodent or reptile but I own them for the same reason that people own dogs, cats, horses or birds because they are amazing animals that are beautiful and have interesting personalities. Is there anyone else here that has unpopular pets that is tired of these types of comments.

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I hear all kinds of things. Recently I was told that it was 'animal cruelty' that I was feeding my snakes dead mice... I don't feed life food so that's a big bit out of the way, but how on Earth am I cruel for feeding my snakes?! They have to eat! They only seem to comment on the reptiles though, never my birds of prey. My birds of prey can be happily ripping the head of one of their day old cockerels and nobody will say a word! Just because it's not furry or fluffy (unless it's a spider I guess haha) doesn't mean it's any less cuddly, or sweet!
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That is another thing that bothered me when I had my snakes and now that I am planing on getting another one in hopefully within 2 years. I always thought it was funny when people would say that it was fine to feed mice/rats to snakes but it was cruel to feed them rabbits. I have a house rabbit that is spoiled rotten and I also have 15 rats but a snake has to eat and as long as it is feed humanely I don't see a problem with it. Sure the feeders are cute and fluffy when they were alive but so was that chicken that I ate tonight. I guess my problem is that to me all animals have the same value.

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And that is perfectly fine I think a lot of these animals gross people out, for whatever reason. I don't understand it myself. I'm very fearful of any creepy crawlies but I won't go out of my way to offend anybody about them! I'd even hold one. But I am scared of them touching me what snake will you be getting?
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My brother is afraid of spiders but he likes mine. He was always telling me not to pick up the Black Widows that I found around the house but I do it anyway, lol. I want to get a Red-Tail Boa most likely a Boa c. imperator. I am also considering a Eastern Indigo but they require a permit that costs $100 and can take upto 3 months to get. Eventually in maybe 8-15 years I want to get into hots but I need a lot more experience first as I have only had Corns so far. I will also have to find someone who can mentor/train me so I can get a hot permit.

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I like snakes and reptiles. Can't do the scorpions and spiders, though!




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I don't like spiders and snakes... But I don't care if you do!! I don't like when people kill them for no reason, if I can, I let spiders go outside from in my house. I used to live in the country and had many snakes ( harmless ones ) around.. I never let anyone kill them, it was their home before it was mine.
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Rodents are the best pets! I have five gerbils and two mice. Love them.

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I don't like spiders and snakes... But I don't care if you do!! I don't like when people kill them for no reason, if I can, I let spiders go outside from in my house. I used to live in the country and had many snakes ( harmless ones ) around.. I never let anyone kill them, it was their home before it was mine.
I am the resident spider and roach remover here, lol. We also let the wild snakes stay in the yard and had a Coachwhip living under the house this summer but if I run into a Rattlesnake I will put it somewhere where far away from houses.

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Rodents are the best pets! I have five gerbils and two mice. Love them.
I have always wanted gerbils but they are banned here so I've only had rats, mice & dwarf hybrid & syrian hamsters.

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I have 8 Geckos and a Kenyan Sand Boa, which are my "unusual" pets. I find that people (family and friends) are a LOT more receptive of my Geckos because they are small and cute but when they find out I have a Snake, even though she is still only 1/2 adult size, they ask me why I would want a Snake and say that she's gross and all of this.
When people ask me why I keep Reptiles I just tell them the same reason that they have a Cat, or a Dog, or a Hamster.
I DO however get quite insulted when people have snive remarks and say they're disgusting. In that case I either ignore them or say "no they're not" and walk away, lol.

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I have four spiders as pets. They are neat pets and very easy to care for.

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I have 8 Geckos and a Kenyan Sand Boa, which are my "unusual" pets. I find that people (family and friends) are a LOT more receptive of my Geckos because they are small and cute but when they find out I have a Snake, even though she is still only 1/2 adult size, they ask me why I would want a Snake and say that she's gross and all of this.
When people ask me why I keep Reptiles I just tell them the same reason that they have a Cat, or a Dog, or a Hamster.
I DO however get quite insulted when people have snive remarks and say they're disgusting. In that case I either ignore them or say "no they're not" and walk away, lol.

I have owned a Salamander, Stick Bugs, Rats, African Soft-furred Rats, Rabbits, Birds, etc.
Most people liked the Leopard Geckos that I had but when I took out one of my Cornsnakes they would do this . ASFs are on my must have list of critters.

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I have four spiders as pets. They are neat pets and very easy to care for.
They are amazingly easy to care for and are fascinating.

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I have a gecko and a pet rat. I have had snakes in the past too. But none I had to feed live food too. My first snake at minnows.

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I work at a nature preserve and hear about, or witness the phobias people have towards all kinds of wildlife every day. Many people don't understand the role that non-human life forms play in maintaining life for all of us on planet Earth. Many people see wildlife (versus cats or dogs) as something invading "their" space....something that needs to be poisoned, killed or at the very least discouraged. It is very sad.

People like you and me need to help educate those who do not understand. You show, by your example of welcoming them into your home, that spiders, snakes, etc. are valuable and worthy of our respect. I know it is hard not to be irritated by the disrespectful or fearful attitudes that many people show. Try to be patient and never give up your attempt to "enlighten" other people.


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