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Sorry for the delay in updates, everyone! I do have some good news, though. I have a few projects in the works that sound promising and should be fun to read.
There are more, but I don’t want to list them all! I’m especially excited about the guest posts. It should be interesting to see what people who don’t like snakes have to say about why they don’t like them. I’ve always been interested in ball python morphs, and I’ve even had a few people say that they’d like to read about them. I will touch on the genetics behind them, but I don’t want my limited knowledge to be taken as ‘expert’! Thanks for reading!
The third installment of the Breeder Q&A series is here, this time with Brian from BHB Reptiles! You may also know him from Snakebytes TV on Youtube, great series for anyone to watch, by the way.
Ever since I could remember I have been passionate about animals, and reptiles always peaked my interest the most. I didn’t go into working with reptiles thinking it was going to be a life long thing, but it just worked out that way.
I always tell people there is just no way for me to pick one species or one type of snake. I love them all and I get so much pleasure out of working with a wide variety of animals. If I had to choose one, I’d be in big trouble.
3. What species do you breed? Which one do you focus on if you have more
than one species?
We work with about 30,000 snakes, so there are a ton of species in that group. I really don’t focus on any of them anymore then the other, but cornsnakes and Ball Pythons are probably the two animals I’m known for the most.
I never intending on making this my career, I was young and thought I could make a few bucks to help pay my way through college. By time I was in my second year of school, I was making more money then I could at the career I was hoping to get into. I thought, this is what I really want to do and if I can make a career out of it, why not go for it. 24 years later and we’re still going.
5. How many snakes of breeding age do you own?
Like I said in a previous answer, we work with over 30,000 snakes. That number goes up and down depending on what time of the year it is. We probably peak at about 45,000 snakes when babies are full force, but we have a LOT of adults!
6. What is your favorite part of the breeding process? What part do you
like the least?
I enjoy the whole process, copulation to hatching. Each part bring a different level of excitement and I love it all. My least favorite part is selling snakes. I like dealing with people, but I wish I didn’t have to make money of the animals I love so much. It’s a means to an end and I very important psrt of my business, but the business side is by far my least favorite.
Every part is difficult when doing it on the level we do. It’s about staying focused and dealing with the problem that always come with working with live animals. People think it’s easy, and it’s far from it. We’re not rocket scientist, but animals are always demanding and will always throw you for a loop. You have to love it more then anything else to be successful long term.
Again, we breed a ton of species and each one has their own set of challenges. As long as you’re dedicated and have a little luck you can almost breed anything. Of course that doesn’t mean it’s easy, because that’s not always the case.
9. What is your biggest regret in regards to your breeding venture?
Whether you are running a snake breeding facility like us or selling magazines you will always make mistakes. I have made too many to wrote about, but I don’t believe you ever should regret anything in business. You learn from your mistakes and do your best to not make them again and again. I think any good business person has failed many times. The ones that survive are the ones that learn from them and use that to make their busines stronger!
I think it’s just being around for 24 years. It’s not easy to do anything for that long, but dealing with the ups and downs of the reptile market, live animals and all the other things you have to deal with on a daily basis is tough and to still be here after so many years is what I’m the most proud of.
My goals for any project are always the same. Enjoy working with the animals and do my best to produce some of the best quality offspring that I can. If I produce great animals they will sell well and my clients will be very happy and I can keep doing what I love, which is to work with animals for a living.
12. Are there any misconceptions regarding snake breeding you’d like to
Not to anyone that love snakes, but certainly we are contantly dispelling the fears of non-reptile people. It’s another passion of mine, to change peoples minds about these often hated animals. I see so much beauty in snakes and I want everyone to experience what I understand about these amazing creatures.
With out a doubt it’s legislation. We can slowly change peoples perception of snakes, but if the laws get harder and harder for us to work with these animals it could destroy the hobby. I’m optmistic that we’ll be okay, but it’s a completely scary thing to think that people that know nothing about reptiles are making laws that could outlaw what I do.
Breeding season is 12 months a year for a collection like ours. I work from the time I get up until late at night. The routine changes depending on where we’re at in the breeding cycle, but it’s a on the go life style with no time for rest. I love doing what I do and I never look at it as “work”, but this life is not for everyone. I can say that with confidence.
We prefer frozen and 90% of my collection feeds on frozen, but I am not against live feeding for animals that refuse fresh dead or thawed. I want my snakes to feed, so I will feed live responsibly to get them to feed.
We buy all our food. We have a handful of different sources to suplly the demand that we require.
17. What is a typical day like for you? What does your job consist of? Do you do the dirty work of cleaning cages, feeding, etc or do you prefer to keep your hands clean?
I do all things here. I clean cages, I switch animals around for breeding, I pull and care for eggs, I feed snakes, I wash tubs, I answer the phone, I care for rodents and so on… There is not a job in the shop that I am not involved in on some level.
Just to do it for the love of the animal and never chase the money. And enjoy every moment you can when working with animals..
Thank you for a great Q&A, Brian! You can check Brian out on Twitter as well as follow him on Facebook at:
Thanks for reading!
Many snake owners know that sometimes, getting a snake to eat frozen/thawed (hereafter known as f/t) can be a time-consuming effort, and is sometimes just plain impossible. Many people outside the hobby don’t realize this. Maybe they just don’t care. I don’t know their motives for acting the way they do, but I am fed up with it.
There are three types of people that complain about feeding snakes live prey. They are:
1 and 3 I can handle, provided that these types of people eventually understand the situation many snake owners find themselves in. Sometimes it makes more sense to feed and breed live prey than it does to spend an outrageous (for some) amount of money on a limited supply of frozen prey items.
People of type 2 just piss me off, and if they refuse to see reason, the most I can do is mentally scream at them in frustration and walk away from the discussion, because it will only serve to anger me more.
I understand why people get upset when the subject is brought up, but I also feel that I deserve some understanding as well. John Doe down the street has this annoying little football-type dog that yaps and yaps, and I enjoy imagining drop-kicking it into the next county. However, Mr. Doe loves his dog dearly. Yappy is a member of his family, and he would be devastated were anything to happen to him, or if he were unable to provide proper care.
Everyone, that is how I feel about my scaly friends. You may not like or understand them, and you may be confused at how I can be so attached to them. Rest assured, though, that I love them as much as I love my dog or my cat. They do have to eat, you know. If I could feed them all f/t I would. It isn’t very expensive (right now it is, for me), and it’s a lot safer than feeding live (a pre-killed freshly thawed mouse isn’t going to bite my snake, unless it’s a zombie), but sometimes it isn’t an option.
If that is the case, like it is now, I will do my very best to make sure that the mice are comfortable and happy for as long as they live, however long or short that may be. Do not judge me for keeping snakes, because I don’t judge the fact that you think having a dozen yipping and nipping pocket dogs is adorable.
It’s simple, folks. Snakes need to eat too. If you don’t like that, okay. You are welcome to your opinion. However, next time you come to my door with pitchforks, think about the last time you went out to eat. Think about the last juicy T-bone you grilled. Do you honestly think the animals slaughtered so we can eat are treated better than the mice I feed my snake? I doubt it.
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Today’s Q&A is brought to you by our friends Tailor Made Reptiles! Enjoy!
1. I always liked reptiles and amphibians growing up. Of course, my parents, did not share the same enthusiasm. It wasn’t until 18-19, that I started keeping reptiles. First it was Bearded Dragon named Jack. Than Crested Geckos, Leopard Geckos, and the list goes on.
Ball Python’s didn’t come along till I was 23. Ever since than, they’ve been my favorite animal to keep.
2. The first time, was….an accident really. I bought a female and didn’t know she was gravid at the time. About a month and a half later, I was cleaning her tank, and bam. Snake eggs! Well, I thought they were eggs, but she slugged out on all 3.
3. Seeing the babies pip from the egg’s for the first time. Seeing the babies not make it. Like this year, we lost 15 snakes.
4. The wait! It kill’s me every time waiting for the females to lay eggs. Than waiting for the incubation to finish.
5. We keep Ball Python’s mainly, we currently have 30+. We also have a corn snake and a western hog-nose snake.
6. The biggest regret I have is….I don’t really have any regrets so far.
7. Anytime I see a healthy snake poke its head from the egg.
8. Like the above, health is the biggest goal I have. As long as I breed healthy, living snakes, I’m good. Short-term goal, is for this year, hoping to produce a pastel red axanthic ghost. Long-term, well…I gotta keep some secrets.
9. I can’t really think of any misconceptions when it comes to breeding. When it comes to snakes themselves, there are too many I can think of.
10. People. Specifically the anti-snake types. The one’s trying to push all these bills in the US and Canada, to ban the keeping of certain types, if not all. I understand the fears that some people can have in regards to the larger breeds, (Retics, burm’s, etc), but a lot of those fears are unfounded. I’ve seen 15+ foot reticulated pythons with better temperament than a 6lb toy poodle.
11. If you’re getting into it thinking you;ll be making tons of money, just…take your savings now, put it on the ground, and light it on fire. Breeding animals, are not for the get-rich-quick types. Most of that’s due to the demand for the animals. Reptile’s and such, are still in the dark when it comes to keeping as pets.
If you’re going to breed your snakes, do it because of the love for the animals.
Thanks, Tailor Made, for an awesome Q&A! Hopefully your words will inspire and educate others.
The reptile world was shaken last week with a massive blow to the industry. Congress added four species of snakes to the Lacey Act - Northern and Southern African Rock Pythons, Yellow Anacondas, and the infamous (and often misunderstood) Burmese Python. This happened because the Humane Society of the United States and other special interest groups that don’t want us to have snakes as pets. This was a devastating blow to the industry and more snakes, boa constrictors, are in danger of being listed.
To that end, reptile lovers all over are putting their heads together for Snake Awareness Day, a day that will focus on demonstrations, lectures, and basically introducing people to the wonder of snakes. We are doing this in an attempt to get the public to help us prevent the passing of unfair legislation concerning these wondrous creatures.
Since being introduced to snakes, I have discovered that they are wonderful pets. They are easy to care for if the proper research is done beforehand, they make great conversation pieces, and they have a habit of helping me let the stress slip through my fingers just like their scales do as they slither across my hands or shoulders. I am terrified that fear and misunderstanding will prevent me from breeding them or even owning them. Would I pay for a permit to keep them or breed them? Absolutely, as long as the rules and regulations associated with that permit were fair, I would not hesitate.
Snakes are some of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet. Television and movies portray them as malevolent, blood-thirsty creatures that want nothing more than to dine on the flesh of the young and innocent. This is not the case. They are simply alien to many people, and people fear what they do not understand. All I want, all the rest of the snake and reptile lovers out there want, is for our passion to be understood, for those who fear these beautiful creatures to leave them, and us, alone rather than try to force us to believe and behave as they do. Please help us realize this goal by at least trying to understand why we love snakes, even if you don’t like or even fear them. Don’t judge the entire snake population by the actions of a few mistreated, starving animals either. It isn’t fair to the snakes, and it isn’t fair to those of us that have them as pets.
I decided a few days ago to try and do a Question and Answer session with as many breeders as I could get to agree, from big breeders to small time guys and girls breeding in their spare bedrooms. My goal was to get several different perspectives on the breeding industry to give others like me, who are interested in breeding reptiles someday, a big of a heads up as to what to expect and what the life is like.
The response has been overwhelming, and I have several interviews to post. I would like to start off with a bang and post an interview with Garrick DeMeyer of Captive Reptile Specialties Inc. I’ve admired Garrick’s work since I discovered snakes, and getting a chance to pick his brain was amazing. The questions are below, as well as links to his websites.
Breeder Q&A with Garrick DeMeyer
1. What sparked your interest in snakes and caused you to start collecting?
I’ve been interested in reptiles and amphibians since I was only a few years old. I was always the kid digging in ponds and swamps, flipping over logs, etc. Back in the 70s, that was just about the only place to find herps. I do remember seeing a nice selection of reptiles in a chain of stores in the Chicago-area called Noah’s Ark. I used to love going to those stores and seeing all of the exotic chameleons, frogs, geckos, and snakes. I also used to buy every reptile book I could find, or check them out at the library. There just wasn’t much good info about reptiles back then- especially about their captive care and breeding. I still have all of those books (other than the ones I checked out from the library!). I always kept a few lizards in display tanks in my bedroom. I wasn’t allowed to keep snakes in the house and I almost always obeyed that rule. When I was in college in the early ’90s, I started breeding Giant Day Geckos- mostly just to see if I could do it. I could. One thing led to another and soon I had Leopard Geckos, Leaf-tail Geckos, Chameleons, Bearded Dragons, and finally snakes!
2. Why did you start breeding snakes?
Breeding snakes was a natural progression from breeding lizards for me. I still love to breed lizards, mostly geckos, but I became fascinated with ball python morphs- back in the mid-90s when there were only a few available- albinos, piebalds, clowns, caramels, and axanthics. Many of those weren’t even proven to be inheritable at that time. I planned to focus my business on my lizards and just keep a little collection of ball pythons and other snakes. The ball python addiction hit me hard and within a few years, I started amassing a pretty impressive collection of them.
3. What is your favorite part of the breeding process? What part do you like the least?
I think my favorite part of breeding ball pythons is producing new morphs. Very few snakes that I produce are new morphs to the industry, but if I haven’t produced them yet, they are still new for me. I love looking in the incubator every day during the hatching season to see all of the new babies poking their heads out of their eggs. There are so many different morphs out there. I consider myself a bit of a ball python hoarder. I would like to have a pair of every combo if I could. I think there are too many morphs out there for any one person to have them all, so I try to focus mostly on the morphs I like the most.
The least favorite part of breeding ball pythons is when I lose one. My survival rate is extremely high- probably around 99%, but losses do happen from time to time. Out of 2000 babies, you can’t expect every single one to come out perfect and healthy. Still, these are living things and I never like to see anything suffer or die.
4. What is the most difficult part of the breeding process?
The most difficult part for me has nothing to do with breeding. They are incredibly easy to breed if you have quality snakes and a proper environment. Having clutches of slugs (infertile eggs) is probably the most frustrating- especially when it is a “big” clutch you are really looking forward to. Overall, I think the most difficult part of doing this is getting a consistent supply of rodents. With 700 adults and around 800-1000 babies here at any given time, that is a lot of mice and rats to come up with. Many of my ball pythons eat frozen/thawed, but there are quite a few that will only consistently feed on live. It is very difficult to come up with enough live rodents every week- even though we produce several thousand mice and rats per month here. We still never have enough.
5. What species of snake do you breed? Have you bred others? If so, which is the most difficult?
The main species I work with now is the Ball Python. I’ve breed many other species including boas, retics, rainbows, womas, green trees, carpets, corns, kings, hognose, milks and probably a few more that I’m not remembering right now. I’ve had some success with other species, but I think my talent definitely is with ball pythons. I’ve actually cut back my collection of “non-ball python” snakes so I can focus more attention on the balls. That is the only way I can devote as much time and effort as possible to produce the largest variety of morphs possible.
I think boas have been the most difficult for me. I’ve never been able to have a high success rate with my litters. Lots of litters of slugs. I’m not sure why that is, but it may be something about the environment in my facility that they don’t like. My employee, Kyle, can breed boas at his house all day long with excellent results and yet I can’t do it here. Very strange.
6. What is your biggest regret in regards to your breeding venture?
Oh, if I only knew 20 years ago what I knew now. I could write a book on what I would do differently. I used to keep all kinds of rare, stranger species in the hopes to become successful breeding stuff that nobody else was. I had a lot of different geckos like Helmeted, Knob-tail, Leaf-tail, Velvet, rare Day Geckos etc, and different lizards like Water Dragons, Frilled Lizards, Basilisks, Dwarf Monitors, and dozens of other species. I spent thousands of dollars on some of this stuff, only to never have any real success with many of them. It wasn’t until I decided to focus on the species I knew I could breed, and also knew there was a good market for, that I started having success. Bearded Dragons, Veiled Chameleons, Leopard Geckos, and Crested Geckos were all key to me digging myself out of my debt. Sure, most of those didn’t command a huge price tag, but I made up for it in volume, because of consistent, reliable production.
Another regret was not getting into ball pythons much sooner. Back in ‘96, I bought an albino boa and several hets for around $10k. Had I just put that money into an albino ball python and a het or two back then, I’d be much more advanced in that industry at this point. I also used to amass a group of normal female hatchlings every year, maybe 20-30 of them. I’d keep them for a few months, thinking I’d start breeding ball pythons at some point, then I’d end up selling them. If I had kept those back in the mid-90s, I can’t imagine how far along I’d be now.
My other big regret is being too trusting of too many people. Unfortunately, there are a lot of dishonest people in this industry, as well as in any other industry. I’ve shipped animals out to people I thought I could trust to pay me for them. I’ve received counterfeit cashier’s checks and didn’t find out until after the animals shipped out. I’ve also been burned by buying “hets” that prove out to be normals. You live and learn, but unfortunately, some people will still find new ways to take advantage of you. That’s why it is so important to buy from reputable breeders with a good track record. Great deals aren’t that great if you don’t get what you think you are buying.
7. What is your greatest accomplishment in breeding?
I don’t know if I have a single greatest accomplishment. I’ve produced the first of several leopard gecko and ball python morphs. Those were pretty proud moments. I really think the greatest accomplishment for me is to turn a little hobby into a successful career. To be able to do this for a living for over 11 years now is still amazing for me. I wish it was more about “playing with lizards and snakes” all day, but the cumulative result of what I’m doing is extremely rewarding on a personal level.
8. What are your primary goals for your breeding project? Short-term and long-term?
My goal has always been to produce as many beautiful, healthy, top-quality reptiles as possible. I want to continue to add new genes and combos into my gecko and python projects. Every year, I make up a “wish list” of a few things that I want (need!) to add to my collection. I don’t end up acquiring all of them, but I put a big dent in my list each year.
9. Are there any misconceptions regarding snake breeding you’d like to dispel?
I think the biggest misconception about snake breeding is how easy it is to make a lot of money. This business is very hard work. Not like working for a construction company physically hard, but still very challenging. Reptiles are not a “get rich quick” scheme. Once I started breeding reptiles, it took me about 7 years before I wasn’t losing money every year, and still a couple years after that before I could do it full time. I went to college and worked part-time jobs while I was growing my business. After I graduated, I worked a full-time job and worked on my business in my spare time. It was a long, hard, struggle figuring this all out. Most people that I knew thought I was crazy for trying to do this. They couldn’t understand how much I loved it and what kind of sacrifices I was willing to make to see it through. I did it because I love reptiles and couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I’ve never been one to settle for a job that I don’t find rewarding, just for the paycheck. I want to spend my life doing what makes me happy. For me, that was REPTILES! I see a lot of people getting into breeding reptiles just to make money. Unless you really enjoy them, it is hard to spend all of the money and time required to become successful. If I won the lottery and never needed to make another dime, I would still breed reptiles.
10. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the reptile breeding industry today?
Definitely anti-reptile legislation. Reptiles are becoming more popular every year, but if the wrong laws get passed, it could all be for nothing. A ban from interstate transport and sales would cripple the industry to the point it would probably never recover. It would affect breeders, wholesalers, retail pet stores, pet supplier manufacturers, shipping companies, insect and rodent breeders, and dozens of other industries. The worst part about it is most of what the proponents of these bills are using to plead their case just isn’t true. In the case of pythons, some of these people claim that they will eventually spread through the bottom 1/3 of the US, possibly as far North as Ohio. Really? These snakes can get an upper respiratory infection in a breeder’s facility that is temperature controlled similar to a rainforest. Now they are supposed to survive sub-freezing temperatures and snowfall? Most of their arguments just aren’t accurate. I encourage everyone to become members of USARK so they can become better-informed on what is going on. You can’t rely on someone else to take care of these pesky laws for you, even if it doesn’t affect a species you work with. The organizations that want these animals banned believe in dividing and conquering. Take out the big pythons first, then the little ones, then colubrids, then geckos, etc., etc. The reptile industry has shown they can rise up and defend their hobby when needed. We all need to keep doing it and increase in numbers if we are going to keep our hobby alive and well.
11. Do you have any advice for would-be breeders?
I think I answered this question pretty well in #9 as far as being properly-motivated. I would also like to add that most new breeders should work with species that are proven to be fairly easy to keep and breed- even if they aren’t very valuable. Producing “cheap” reptiles is better than not producing any at all, and it goes a long way to give you the experience needed to one day tackle the more challenging species. Make sure to buy quality animals from reputable breeders. Buy the best equipment you can afford. A quality cage/rack, thermostat, and a temp-gun are probably the most important things you can add to your collection. Always go for quality!
Thank you for a great Q&A, Garrick!
Stay tuned for more Q&A’s from breeders of all shapes and sizes, and don’t hesitate to comment or contact me if you have questions or suggestions.
What is a Snake Mite?
My interpretation of a snake mite.
What are snake mites? If you ask anybody that has ever dealt with them, chances are they’ll tell you “Mites? I hate those blood-sucking little bastards!” Mites are parasites that feed off blood. They are arachnids, but because of their love of blood, I compare them more with mosquitos than I do spiders.
How Do I Tell If I have a mite problem?
Imagine that you’re holding a snake, smiling proudly as his tongue flickers and he moves smoothly through your hands. Then, out of the corner of your eye, you notice a little black speck scurrying across his head. Upon closer inspection, you hear a high pitched, menacing chuckle and a sound similar to liquid being sucked through a straw.
Okay, maybe I made that last part up. But all joking aside, count yourself lucky if you notice only one little hitchhiker on your snake. They usually travel in groups. If you see one or more crawling bugs on your snake, you most likely have mites.
Why are they so serious?
Mites can carry serious illnesses from one snake to another, quickly spreading sickness throughout a private collection. Many people have lost entire collections of reptiles worth thousands of dollars because of diseases spread by mites. They can be very deadly, and affect snakes in a number of ways.
They can cause loss of appetite
They can cause poor shedding
They also lay their eggs around the eyes and anal vents of the snakes, and I’m sure each and every person reading this can imagine how uncomfortable that would be.
How Do I Treat Mites?
There are several treatments available for mites, some more effective than others. There are a number of steps that should be taken in preparing to eliminate a mite infestation. Most of them, I’m sad to say, are “snake oil” treatments. By this, I mean they claim to treat mites but they are ineffective at best, and absolutely useless at times. One of the most used and most effective treatments is the Provent-A-Mite spray by Pro Products. It is specially formulated for snakes (and perhaps other reptiles, but I’m not sure on that), and from everything I’ve heard it works wonders. Others use Equate Bedding Spray, which is typically for lice. Many people have used this with no problems, but I’ve read pros and cons of using it.
There are other sprays out there and some very unorthodox treatments as well. The bottom line is, mites are bad. Very bad. They can kill your snake if left untreated. I sincerely hope that this post is informative and helps every reader learn something. I will provide links to some websites discussing mites as well as the Pro Products website so you can see for yourselves what the hype is about.
Dealing With Snake Mites
The Life History of Snake Mites
One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “Why snakes?” Many people don’t understand why I, and others, would choose to own a scaly reptile instead of a cute furry puppy or kitten. The reasons are many. I will list some of them here.
That’s everything I can think of for now. I will be doing a ‘cons of owning a snake’ feature as well. The only way to properly educate people is to give them all the information available! Please chime in via the comments if you can think of more pros!
Hello again, everyone! This entry will be about fear of snakes, both the rational and irrational sides of the coin. First, I would like to thank Brian Barczyk from BHB reptiles for this topic. Thanks Brian!
Now, let’s get down to business. People are afraid of snakes for any number of reasons. Some of these are:
1. Religion: The Bible tells the story of the serpent tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden to eat the apple. Because of this, mankind is cast out of Eden. Due to this, many people believe that snakes are evil and cruel. This is far from the truth. Snakes are not evil, but stories like this give them a bad rap.
2. The Media: Hollywood loves snakes. How many of you have seen the Anaconda movies? I am not condemning movies like this, because they make for great entertainment. However, this is all they are. Entertainment. Snakes are going to grow to be fifty feet long and as big around as a school bus with the desire to consume human flesh on a daily basis. While there are some big snakes (Reticulated and Burmese pythons are a popular big snake), they do not have the desire to kill and eat humans, or anything other than the prey they are normally fed (rats or, in many cases, rabbits).
3. Ignorance: Many people that are afraid of snakes have seen few, if any, in the wild. Many of them have also never handled a pet snake like a ball python. Some people have an irrational fear of snakes. This is called Ophidiophobia. It is a very real affliction and those afflicted by it have a very real fear of snakes.
4. Snakes are strange: Snakes are weird looking creatures. From the way they move, to the way they eat (think constrictors) to their little forked tongues and their lidless eyes. Everything about them is alien to most people. Some snakes are even recognized by their ‘alien heads’. Again, there is nothing wrong with this. Humans are afraid of the strange and the unknown. That is the reason horror stories are so wildly popular.
Many people are afraid of snakes. Many people in my family call me weird or crazy or a freak because I love and own snakes. This is understandable. However, there are many excellent websites out there that are full of people ready and willing to help people better understand and, maybe eventually, banish their fear of snakes completely. That is the focus of this blog. I want to educate and inform you. If I can make one person think “Huh, snakes really aren’t that bad!”, I’ve done my job. Of course, I’d like to convert more than just one person! Please, comment if you have more reasons for people being afraid of snakes! I’ll do a “part two” if I get enough ideas.