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This is a question that has been asked of me and a thousand (million?) other herp keepers. I think it's almost a case of once bitten, twice as determined. But seriously, it is something I have pondered but not really found an adequate answer for. They are not cute and cuddly. They bite (when young), they feel cold (not really) and they have funny eyes. And scales.

As a little tacker I was always into animals - frogs, lizards, tadpoles, butterflies, beetles, spiders - you name it, I went looking for it.

I don't think I ever got over it. It's hard to explain to people who do not have a fascination with animals, what the attraction is. It's just there. I think most people actually have it but for a variety of reasons they do not act upon it or ignore it.

Snakes are particularly intriguing. The way they move, the way the eat, the way their metabolism is so brilliantly attuned to the particular environment they inhabit, their ancestry, the development of venoms so potent that that can kill in minutes, all of these things interest me and make me want to know more about them.

There is some part of you that has to overcome a natural fear in the first instance to want to own and keep a reptile. For some reason, I'm not sure if it's instinct, we fear snakes and many reptiles. Witness a small child when you show them a snake. They instantly recoil. It's only when you show them that they have nothing to fear that they can then 'pet' the snake and overcome their own fears (well, as long as it's not venomous).

Where I live, every snake is venomous. There is no such thing as a snake that is not dangerous. Copperheads, red-bellied black snakes, mainland tiger snakes and eastern brown snakes all inhabit my local area, so it's understandable that people fear them. We have no pythons or non-venomous snakes in my area. Just the other day one of the painters doing my house remarked to me that he nearly leapt out of his skin when he saw what looked to be a snake in the grass near where he was painting. It turns out it was a blue tongued lizard, but nonetheless, his fear was well grounded. Living in the area makes you wary of snakes.

I think this is somewhat unfortunate. Snakes are more scared of you. How big you must appear to a snake. Standing still when you see one will prevent an attack. They only attack when threatened. Slowly backing off is also a good thing to do.

So why keep them? I think it is a duality of fear and fascination. And the trouble is that once you have one, you want two, and then three etc. If you have them, you know the feeling.

Another aspect is the actual act of managing to keep an animal that is not naturally suited or normally kept as a pet in an artificial environment. Learning about its needs, how to maintain optimal health, how to breed it, how to 'tame' it and how to enjoy it for what it is. These are challenges that herp keeping offers that few other pets do.

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It is illegal to have these seven animals as pets in California - KRON4
It is illegal to have these seven animals as pets in California  KRON4

As court case closes, Pets In Need opens up about revamped protocols - Mountain View Voice
As court case closes, Pets In Need opens up about revamped protocols  Mountain View Voice

For the Love of Pets: Using an app to find the best pet sitter - The Mercury News
For the Love of Pets: Using an app to find the best pet sitter  The Mercury News

Assistance available for spaying or neutering pets - Natchitoches Times
Assistance available for spaying or neutering pets  Natchitoches Times

Latest sampling shows Wiser Lake water quality continues to pose risk to swimmers, pets - Whatcom News
Latest sampling shows Wiser Lake water quality continues to pose risk to swimmers, pets  Whatcom News

Ask Amy: She hijacked our pet’s funeral with her unseemly drama - The Mercury News
Ask Amy: She hijacked our pet’s funeral with her unseemly drama  The Mercury News

More owners surrendering pets at shelter, blaming economy - WJXT News4JAX
More owners surrendering pets at shelter, blaming economy  WJXT News4JAX

Orange County shelter nears capacity, waiving adoption fees for some pets - FOX 35 Orlando
Orange County shelter nears capacity, waiving adoption fees for some pets  FOX 35 Orlando

Pets benefit our mental health - The Republic
Pets benefit our mental health  The Republic

Cats and dogs know and choose when they will die: pet psychic - New York Post
Cats and dogs know and choose when they will die: pet psychic  New York Post

PETS holds most successful Paw Prints fundraiser yet - Red Bluff Daily News
PETS holds most successful Paw Prints fundraiser yet  Red Bluff Daily News

Five tips to help pets and wildlife beat the UK’s extreme heat - The Guardian
Five tips to help pets and wildlife beat the UK’s extreme heat  The Guardian

Spirit Airlines’ pet policy: Here’s how to fly with your pet on Spirit - The Points Guy
Spirit Airlines’ pet policy: Here’s how to fly with your pet on Spirit  The Points Guy

Alive seeks home for 'actor' Brutus - mySA
Alive seeks home for 'actor' Brutus  mySA

Digital tools now used to predict the health of pets - SHINE
Digital tools now used to predict the health of pets  SHINE

Protect Children and Pets from Cannabis Poisoning - Hillsborough County
Protect Children and Pets from Cannabis Poisoning  Hillsborough County

Acupuncture therapy in pets - DVM 360
Acupuncture therapy in pets  DVM 360

Best Pet Insurance in Iowa (2022 Guide) - MarketWatch
Best Pet Insurance in Iowa (2022 Guide)  MarketWatch

Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg - The Gabber Newspaper
Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg  The Gabber Newspaper

Major League of Legends update makes jungling easier, adds pets - PC Gamer
Major League of Legends update makes jungling easier, adds pets  PC Gamer

Pflugerville animal shelter has new platform to help with rehoming pets - KXAN.com
Pflugerville animal shelter has new platform to help with rehoming pets  KXAN.com

"Pocket pets" take the stage at MontanaFair - KRTV NEWS Great Falls
"Pocket pets" take the stage at MontanaFair  KRTV NEWS Great Falls

Aiken Recognize One Year Anniversary Designation as a Pet-Friendly City - City of Aiken, SC (.gov)
Aiken Recognize One Year Anniversary Designation as a Pet-Friendly City  City of Aiken, SC (.gov)

12th Pet Weekend set for Lily Dale | News, Sports, Jobs - Evening Observer
12th Pet Weekend set for Lily Dale | News, Sports, Jobs  Evening Observer

Pets with Potential: Meet Chief - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Chief  WCAX

10 Things You Didn't Know about DC's Super-Pets - CBR - Comic Book Resources
10 Things You Didn't Know about DC's Super-Pets  CBR - Comic Book Resources

Pet fees hit Texas renters unequally, but landlord group says they’re necessary - KXAN.com
Pet fees hit Texas renters unequally, but landlord group says they’re necessary  KXAN.com

Protecting your pets from mosquito-borne pests | News, Sports, Jobs - SalemNews.net
Protecting your pets from mosquito-borne pests | News, Sports, Jobs  SalemNews.net

Spend The Dog Days of Summer Adopting One of These Pets - Long Island Press
Spend The Dog Days of Summer Adopting One of These Pets  Long Island Press

iRobot's pet poop-detecting Roomba j7+ vacuum is $200 off right now - Engadget
iRobot's pet poop-detecting Roomba j7+ vacuum is $200 off right now  Engadget

Free Rabies Vaccines for Westchester Pets Saturday August 27 - Westchester.gov
Free Rabies Vaccines for Westchester Pets Saturday August 27  Westchester.gov

Higher housing costs force more pet owners to surrender their dogs - CNBC
Higher housing costs force more pet owners to surrender their dogs  CNBC

Eddie and Jasper: Rescue Pets of the Week - SC Times
Eddie and Jasper: Rescue Pets of the Week  SC Times

Pets Vs Pets - TronWeekly
Pets Vs Pets  TronWeekly

Dog of the Weekend: Emma at Austin Pets Alive! - FOX 7 Austin
Dog of the Weekend: Emma at Austin Pets Alive!  FOX 7 Austin

Cape Coral man arrested for starving dogs, mistreating other pets - Wink News
Cape Coral man arrested for starving dogs, mistreating other pets  Wink News

'He Gives Me Purpose': Dapper Yorkshire Terrier Wins Pet of the Week - Newsweek
'He Gives Me Purpose': Dapper Yorkshire Terrier Wins Pet of the Week  Newsweek

Keep your pets refreshed with the latest Cool Care Technologies - WGN TV Chicago
Keep your pets refreshed with the latest Cool Care Technologies  WGN TV Chicago

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week - San Marcos Daily Record
San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week  San Marcos Daily Record

Marijuana for dogs: Difference between THC, CBD| Pet Peeves - The Northwest Florida Daily News
Marijuana for dogs: Difference between THC, CBD| Pet Peeves  The Northwest Florida Daily News

Phoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pet - Phoenix (.gov)
Phoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pet  Phoenix (.gov)

Client anxiety and the true cost of owning a pet - DVM 360
Client anxiety and the true cost of owning a pet  DVM 360

Carriage Horse Collapses in NYC Renewing Bid to Ban Practice - TODAY
Carriage Horse Collapses in NYC Renewing Bid to Ban Practice  TODAY

Don't toss them in: Non-native pets don't belong in lakes - Green Valley News
Don't toss them in: Non-native pets don't belong in lakes  Green Valley News

Megan Thee Stallion Dodges The Rock 'Pet' Advances As 1501 Beefs With Her Management - TMZ
Megan Thee Stallion Dodges The Rock 'Pet' Advances As 1501 Beefs With Her Management  TMZ

Monkeypox can spread between people and pets: Steps to take if pet owner becomes sick - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Monkeypox can spread between people and pets: Steps to take if pet owner becomes sick  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Austin Pets Alive! takes in 19 puppies after mothers die due to heat - FOX 7 Austin
Austin Pets Alive! takes in 19 puppies after mothers die due to heat  FOX 7 Austin

McDermott: Keep your pets safe during the dog days of summer - Boston Herald
McDermott: Keep your pets safe during the dog days of summer  Boston Herald

Habersham Animal Care and Control now offering free pet vaccines - Now Habersham
Habersham Animal Care and Control now offering free pet vaccines  Now Habersham

How to keep your dog and other pets cool in the heat - CNN
How to keep your dog and other pets cool in the heat  CNN

‘It’s a heartfelt thing:’ 100+ pet adoptions in Horry County help reduce crowded shelter - WMBF
‘It’s a heartfelt thing:’ 100+ pet adoptions in Horry County help reduce crowded shelter  WMBF

Middletown fire displaces 23 people, pets - ABC27
Middletown fire displaces 23 people, pets  ABC27

Pet Vet: Microchips - WNDU
Pet Vet: Microchips  WNDU

Photographer takes free photos of terminally ill pets: "A capture of my love" - CBS News
Photographer takes free photos of terminally ill pets: "A capture of my love"  CBS News

Ni No Kuni: Cross World Introduces Server-Wide Battles And Pets In Latest Update - GameSpot
Ni No Kuni: Cross World Introduces Server-Wide Battles And Pets In Latest Update  GameSpot

Pet food warning from FDA: Stop feeding this food to your pet immediately - BGR
Pet food warning from FDA: Stop feeding this food to your pet immediately  BGR

Paw Prints: Meet shelter pets Butterscotch, Patch, Chai, Betty Boop, Robert, Dandelion, Jan and Marsha! - TBR News Media
Paw Prints: Meet shelter pets Butterscotch, Patch, Chai, Betty Boop, Robert, Dandelion, Jan and Marsha!  TBR News Media

Yet another pit bull attack: Do they make good household pets? - Firstpost
Yet another pit bull attack: Do they make good household pets?  Firstpost

Eight Home Design Features for Pets - Santa Barbara Independent
Eight Home Design Features for Pets  Santa Barbara Independent

Puppa's Pals fosters pets in crisis situations - Duluth News Tribune
Puppa's Pals fosters pets in crisis situations  Duluth News Tribune

Shiba Eternity Game vs Tamadoge Pets App - Early Footage - Business 2 Community
Shiba Eternity Game vs Tamadoge Pets App - Early Footage  Business 2 Community

Remember pets during the city’s boil water advisories - WLBT
Remember pets during the city’s boil water advisories  WLBT

Well Groomed Pets Expands Celebrity Dog Grooming Team With More Industry Heavyweights - EIN News
Well Groomed Pets Expands Celebrity Dog Grooming Team With More Industry Heavyweights  EIN News

New animal rescue in Augusta County works to get pets out of shelters and into loving homes - WHSV
New animal rescue in Augusta County works to get pets out of shelters and into loving homes  WHSV

UPDATE: Family pets die in Grand Forks house fire - KVLY
UPDATE: Family pets die in Grand Forks house fire  KVLY

Robotic Pets, Real Comfort? What the Research Says - PsychCentral.com
Robotic Pets, Real Comfort? What the Research Says  PsychCentral.com

Pandora's New Pets, Woon-A-Tai Signs With IMG, Jordan's Jersey for Sale - WWD
Pandora's New Pets, Woon-A-Tai Signs With IMG, Jordan's Jersey for Sale  WWD

Award-winning robotic pets program helps dementia patients - Eagle-Tribune
Award-winning robotic pets program helps dementia patients  Eagle-Tribune

Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience :: Pets in North Carolina :: Out and About at WRAL.com - WRAL News
Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience :: Pets in North Carolina :: Out and About at WRAL.com  WRAL News

Firefighter treated, pets rescued from Overland Park house fire - WDAF FOX4 Kansas City
Firefighter treated, pets rescued from Overland Park house fire  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

Traveling with pets for the first time? Here's what you need to know. - USA TODAY
Traveling with pets for the first time? Here's what you need to know.  USA TODAY

Animal Rescue Shares Plans for New Building in Middletown, NY - wpdh.com
Animal Rescue Shares Plans for New Building in Middletown, NY  wpdh.com

Monkeypox Confirmed In Pet Dog For First Time - IFLScience
Monkeypox Confirmed In Pet Dog For First Time  IFLScience

Nicholls State University welcomes its first furry dorm residents - Daily Comet
Nicholls State University welcomes its first furry dorm residents  Daily Comet

dvm360® product report: Pet wellness and insurance plans, plus veterinary well-being book and more - DVM 360
dvm360® product report: Pet wellness and insurance plans, plus veterinary well-being book and more  DVM 360

Port Orange church feeds people and pets | News | hometownnewsvolusia.com - Hometown News
Port Orange church feeds people and pets | News | hometownnewsvolusia.com  Hometown News

This Year's Funniest-Looking Pets Are Here - Gizmodo
This Year's Funniest-Looking Pets Are Here  Gizmodo

Science Says: This Is How Pets Help Your Mental Health - Greatist
Science Says: This Is How Pets Help Your Mental Health  Greatist

How Paw-fect Pets Improve Life With Chronic Illness | Benefits of... - Multiple Sclerosis News Today
How Paw-fect Pets Improve Life With Chronic Illness | Benefits of...  Multiple Sclerosis News Today

How people, pets and infrastructure can respond to extreme heat - NPR
How people, pets and infrastructure can respond to extreme heat  NPR

Submit Your Pet's Photo for the Irvine Animal Care Center Photo Fundraiser - City of Irvine
Submit Your Pet's Photo for the Irvine Animal Care Center Photo Fundraiser  City of Irvine

How Robotic Pets Can Help With Memory Care - University of Utah Health Care
How Robotic Pets Can Help With Memory Care  University of Utah Health Care

Pets of the Week - Meet Neeson & Carl - City of Arlington
Pets of the Week - Meet Neeson & Carl  City of Arlington

LifeLine Animal Project Needs Your Help to Find Homes for 500 Pets - Fulton County Government
LifeLine Animal Project Needs Your Help to Find Homes for 500 Pets  Fulton County Government

DC League of Super-Pets movie review (2022) - Roger Ebert
DC League of Super-Pets movie review (2022)  Roger Ebert

How to keep your pets safe in a heatwave - The Conversation Indonesia
How to keep your pets safe in a heatwave  The Conversation Indonesia

Pets 'dumped' outside MB shelter with note, staff stresses proper way to surrender - wpde.com
Pets 'dumped' outside MB shelter with note, staff stresses proper way to surrender  wpde.com

Charlotte Fire Dogs Sound the Alarm for Pet Safety - charlottenc.gov
Charlotte Fire Dogs Sound the Alarm for Pet Safety  charlottenc.gov

How Much Should I Spend to Keep My Elderly Dog Alive? - The New York Times
How Much Should I Spend to Keep My Elderly Dog Alive?  The New York Times

Cancer care for pets is hugely costly - The Washington Post
Cancer care for pets is hugely costly  The Washington Post

No More Pet Store Puppies? New York May Finally Ban Sales. - The New York Times
No More Pet Store Puppies? New York May Finally Ban Sales.  The New York Times

Monroe County Pets of the Week - Monroe Evening News
Monroe County Pets of the Week  Monroe Evening News

PHOTOS: Here Are Pets You Can Adopt Today For NBC 7/T20's ‘Clear the Shelters' - NBC San Diego
PHOTOS: Here Are Pets You Can Adopt Today For NBC 7/T20's ‘Clear the Shelters'  NBC San Diego

Keeping pets safe in the extreme heat - Eyewitness News 3
Keeping pets safe in the extreme heat  Eyewitness News 3

Pets are freaking out over their owners playing Stray - Polygon
Pets are freaking out over their owners playing Stray  Polygon

Local canine rescues see a rise in returns of pandemic pets - WGRZ.com
Local canine rescues see a rise in returns of pandemic pets  WGRZ.com

Pet surrenders increase as inflation ups the price of ownership - NPR
Pet surrenders increase as inflation ups the price of ownership  NPR

Video: Pets showing Emory pride - Emory News Center
Video: Pets showing Emory pride  Emory News Center

2022 Best of the East Bay: Pets | People + Style | diablomag.com - Diablo Magazine
2022 Best of the East Bay: Pets | People + Style | diablomag.com  Diablo Magazine

Find Your New Furry Friend! Here Are the 11 Best Pet Adoption Websites - Parade Magazine
Find Your New Furry Friend! Here Are the 11 Best Pet Adoption Websites  Parade Magazine

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