Nov. 17: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned from having pets?

Hi everyone!

The hardest lesson I’ve learnt from having pets is probably having to hold them gain after them biting me.

I have Ball/Royal Pythons, and sometimes when you’re feeding them they think that your hand is the food. . .but no, it’s your hand, but they don’t realise that so they hold on for a while. Luckily they’re only young, so their teeth aren’t that large (yet) but it still sort of stings.

What makes it a whole lot easier is that it seems like they actually realise that it’s not their food and look sad. They’re also really cute, so it makes it way easier to forgive them.

But the first time I got bitten I was feeding them both on my own, my dad being away, and my mum came with me from her house just to “observe from a safe distance” (she’s terrified of snakes), and then I got bitten. Firstly from my snake, who’s the nicer of the two, and then my sisters- who’s is much moodier.

I think aside from the biting, one of the hardest lessons to learn was how to stop your snake from freaking out when other people freakout at their mere presence.

Snakes get really freaked out when others freak out, and Ball Pythons curl up into a ball when their scared and it’s pretty bad if they do that when bred in captivity (don’t ask me why, I read it somewhere), so being able to clam your snake down is pretty important.

So this sort of links in with the first lesson, as you can’t freakout when your snake bites you because a) if you wave your arm/hand around when your snake is still attached you’ll harm the snake (no, I haven’t don’t this) and b) your snake will freak out and causing a snake to freak out would not be a fun experience.

What have you learnt form your pets?

GWR X

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12 thoughts on “Nov. 17: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned from having pets?

  1. I have a spotted python and she HATES being held. She’s six years old and still bites! I stopped holding her (apart from moving her when her vivarium needs a clean) a few years ago because she doesn’t like it haha. I figured I was just doing it for myself and stressing her out needlessly. I still love her to bits though, she is gorgeous! One day I will get a passive python as well because I do love snake cuddles!

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    1. Snake cuddles are the best! If you want to get a passive python I really recommend getting a Ball (Royal) Python, they’re very calm (apart from when they’re hungry, ahah).
      It’s a shame that your snake doesn’t like being held, have you tried the cloth technique?

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      1. Yeah I’ve tried everything!
        I don’t think I can get a ball python! I live in Australia and only natives are legal here due to our quarantine laws 👍🏻 I think I’d get a diamond python coz they’re so pretty! Generally placid too I think

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  2. That’s so cool! I imagine their upkeep can be difficult, but it seems that you’re a dedicated and loving owner 🙂 Would love to see a photo of them!

    My only pet currently is my guinea pig. I used to have two and it was from the second one, who sadly passed away, that I learnt my hardest lesson: when faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to have your sick pet euthanized, it’s the pet you have to put first. Your feelings are irrelevant. The only thing that matters is their happiness and quality of life and if neither of those things is present, you have to step up and make a decision. Hardest thing I’ve done so far in my 24 years but it was an experience that helped me mature in many ways.

    Great post!

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    1. Thank you.
      That is so touching and selfless of you. Of course you need to take into consideration the well being of the animal, but your feeling are not totally irrelivant. Many owners would have not euthanised to spare their own pain and it is selfless of you to put your won emotions to the side for your animal. I think that’s what makes a loving owner.

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