View Single Post
Old 08-27-03, 02:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
ChaosCat's Avatar
Join Date: Jan-2003
Location: Lacey, Washington
Age: 38
Posts: 261
Send a message via ICQ to ChaosCat Send a message via AIM to ChaosCat
From a bellydancer's point of view...

Dancing with a snake is one thing-if you are a really good bellydancer, AND if you know your snake well, you won't have a problem dancing with your snake.

However, smoke around your snake-in bars, or whatever-is NOT a good idea. Having people you are performing for mess with your snake-NOT a good idea. Keep the snake far away from the audience-not everyone likes snakes, either.

Some snakes get more stressed out than others. A dancer who wishes to dance with her pet needs to make sure that not only is it well taken care of and healthy, but also to recognize stress-signs before it is too late. Also make sure the snake you wish to dance with isn't too big for you to handle on your own-or is one of those majorly easily stressed out snakes, such as scrub pythons, ball pythons, etc. (and don't even <i>think</i> about using a venemous snake)

Unfortunately, I'm one of the few people who takes her snakes welfare into consideration in this case (but I also do not perform on stage/bars, still learning-and I'm allergic to cig. smoke.)

There was a recent drop-off at a pet store neaby of a boa which had belonged to a dancer, and it had massive RI and mouth problems, not to mention LOADS of stuck sheds. Disgusting. Apparantly she was angry at it or something like that. Stupidity at its best.

ChaosCat is offline