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huntergreen 05-11-2014 12:03 PM

don't get it Harley the gsd...reptiles
what is the attraction of reptiles as pets?

Anubis_Star 05-11-2014 12:09 PM

I love my reptiles. My boa is 7 feet long. I've had her since was roughly 7 inches long. She's beautiful. Easy to care for. Low maintenance. Great conversation starter. And I can get her out and she'll just chill in my lap.

The same could be said about dogs to some people, what's the attraction of a 90 lb hairy monster that smells and has to be always near you?

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Castlemaid 05-11-2014 12:21 PM

LOL, Anubis - that is exactly how I used to feel about dogs (though, fortunately for Gryff and Keeta, I've changed. :D ).

I've mostly kept cats, fish, small animals, birds as pet. But I did have a California King Snake, that I was more attached to than I realized, after he went missing and turned up dead in the back field. :(

The attraction was just the shear beauty of the animal, and the fascination of learning and figuring out his daily and seasonal behavioural cycles. The pride and satisfaction of knowing that I was doing a good job of keeping him healthy and happy, as he ate, shed, and grew from a 12 inch yearling snake to a five foot mature adult.

Many people are attracted to GSDs because of their wolfy look. They find that bringing a bit of the untamed wild into their lives adds a new dimension to their way of being, and satisfies a deep need to connect to the natural world. That is how I felt about having a snake, getting to know him, feeling that connection.

Just have to say, that a five-foot long animal that survives and thrives with no limbs at all is just the coolest thing! It was like a natural miracle, and kept me full of awe.

Plus, he brumated six months out of 12, and only ate once every one or two weeks when active, so a pretty easy keeper. Who can complain about that?

Anubis_Star 05-11-2014 12:37 PM

Yes, my Zoey only eats once or twice a month now :)

These pictures were just taken the other day


Zoey is probably around 7 years old now - I LOVE her, have had her since she was a few months old, and would be heart broken if anything happened to her


I have a younger Central American red tail boa now as well, he is about as big now as Zoey was when I got her. Impressive size difference. Because he's a male and a different species he will likely top out at 4-5 feet

Anubis_Star 05-11-2014 12:42 PM

I also have a leopard gecko with 2 tails due to a genetic defect. She's actually not far from Zoey's age - she's probably 6-7 years old as well (I would guess she's 6 months younger, and I got her when she was pretty young)

Her name is Gimpy :) I'm not a huge lizard fan, but how can you say no to a 2 tailed gecko????



You could say my love for snakes started pretty young - Some of my first pets were corn snakes, Striker and Anastasia here when I was 5 or 6ish?

Anubis_Star 05-11-2014 12:43 PM


Originally Posted by Castlemaid (Post 5503474)
LOL, Anubis - that is exactly how I used to feel about dogs (though, fortunately for Gryff and Keeta, I've changed. :D ).

HAHA to be completely honest that is how I STILL feel. I "jokingly" tell people, I don't like dogs, just cats and german shepherds

HarleyTheGSD 05-11-2014 01:04 PM

I love the personalities of some. Such as my bearded dragon, he is so chill. I can just pick him up. He doesn't run from me. He doesn't try to bite me. He will just lay on my arm. And he knows that my fingers are not food. :) I can put my hand in his food bowl, and he only goes after the food. He will climb all over me, and maybe rest on my shoulder. I think it's adorable. And he loves to explore new places. I'll set him on the floor, and he is running all over the place, smelling and climbing on things. He has such a big personality. I am going to be getting a green iguana soon. Very excited about that. :) I LOVE how large they are, and their vibrant colors are beautiful.
I also love knowing that I am caring for an animal, giving it the best life possible.

ShenzisMom 05-11-2014 04:14 PM

I've kept bearded dragons, babysat snakes (red tails, corns, carpets, balls, this guy was a huge collector) and I would have to say that their utter beauty always stunned me. Watching them go about the day and the responses they would give was really cool.
I now only have tarantulas and a hedgehog as my 'weird' pets, have to say they are a joy for me. The tarantulas was originally supposed to be one to get me over my fear of spiders. Ended up falling in love with a little b.smithi, soon joined by b.albo and a. Avic. Getting a c.cyan soon too! :)

Blitzkrieg1 05-11-2014 05:26 PM

I just cut the first egg of the season. Its a banana..nuff

Galathiel 05-11-2014 07:11 PM

I do totally get that some people love reptiles, I just don't understand it from my own point of view. And the difference in people liking cats and dogs? They can actually return the affection. ;)

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