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Old 09-13-04, 09:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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yea but did they not tell her they didnt have a snake ahhhhhhhh
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Old 09-13-04, 09:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I can completely understand how the girl reacted... if I saw a spider... any spider, I would've crushed it ASAP! There is something that completely unnerves me about them and I don't know ANYTHING about them, so how would I know if it was dangerous or even a type kept as a pet.

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Old 09-13-04, 09:30 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I agree that is was the parents fault. If I were the babysitter... well, actually, I'd be pretty sure it wasn't venomous or wild, just because of where I live.

But still, if there were a creature I didn't know anything about, and it was "potentially" dangerous, I think I'd be freaking out and worrying about the kids too.

And really, that's totally irresponsible not to tell her they had a snake- maybe they thought she wouldn't babysit with a snake in the house because she was too girly! Lol, but she had the guts to chop its head off.

In the end, the parents were stupid. The girl was reacting normally, and did a good job of it. I hope the snake had no pain, though if she did as good a job as it sounds, I doubt that's an issue.
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Id take out the baby-sitter! too many humans anyway, just thinning the herd as some say!

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Old 09-13-04, 10:30 PM   #20 (permalink)
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i have to agree with the people who put no blame on the girl. And Samba, she wasnt about to waste the time making a phone call, possibly leaving the snake out of her sight to dissapear, and threaten the kids she was taking care of. Of course anyone of us would have probably handled it diffrent but that is because everyone on this sight knows 100000000000 times more than the average person about snakes. My grandma still thinks my ball python is going to eat me LOL.
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Old 09-21-04, 06:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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The poor girl just acted on instinct. The parents should have let her know they kept a snake, and more importantly, should have been more responsible in caring for it, to ensure that it wouldn't escape. Just because she lives in Texas, doesn't mean she's guaranteed to know which snakes are harmful, and which aren't. The majority of the population is quite uninformed. With that said, she must have some powerful instincts, in order to cut off the snake's head. I don't even have the guts to kill a spider, so I'd likely throw a bowl on top of it, and call someone. far as I'm concerned, if we are pointing fingers, it should be at the parents.
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Old 09-22-04, 09:47 AM   #22 (permalink)
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If I was really scared of snakes I'd probably not even get close enough to it to decapitate or cover it. I'd pobably just get the kids and leave. Use a neighbor's phone.
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Bottom Line... a responsible herper should have secure enclosures.
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and make sure people in charge of their children and homes for a time know that those animals are there and they needn't be afraid of them.
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