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Old 01-17-03, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question tRiCkS????

Is this JUST my snake or does this happen to every one......

can u scratch ur snakes chin....(Sidney) seems to LLLLOOOVVVE IT!!!!

can snakes ACTULLAY learn any tricks or is it just the way the snake does something, that we think its a amazing trick........

wow didnt think i could come out with that!

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Old 01-17-03, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Snakes can be conditioned (such as to take dead prey items or be handled), but not trained to do "tricks" like a cat or dog. Snakes operate on pure instinct. They are also not social animals and do not appreciate our company, if they seem to enjoy us we have to think in terms of the snake and assume it is for security (hiding in a sleeve) or warmth (our body heat). They do not have the same feelings as we do and whenever people forget that is when accidents happen. People anthromophize faaaaaarrr too often with these animals. Take care...
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Agree with Linds...

... but I do think that the snakes develop 'habits' for want of a better word.

I always remind myself that no matter how much I talk to them (grins sheepishly), they won't hear or understand - I'm just 'somewhere warm', 'source of dinner' or 'dark hide', depending on what they want.

Despite this (or maybe because of it?) I am actually constantly in awe of the fact that these beautiful creatures give me ANY attention, and I accept it with gratitude.

Their intellectual powers may not be... um... the sharpest, but their instinctive powers are a source of amazement for me.

Enough of the mushy stuff...

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Old 01-17-03, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If anyone has read the "My Story" in the back of the latest Reptiles magazine, I think it's a good example of what Linds is talking about.
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All I have to say... Is as much as I love them they will never love me back!
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yeah

I realized that no matter how much I care, they don't seem to care at all. This point is proven every time I change my colubrids cages, as within 5 minutes....they all have huge craps. *L*

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I realized that no matter how much I care, they don't seem to care at all. This point is proven every time I change my colubrids cages, as within 5 minutes....they all have huge craps. *L*

... Now ain't that the truth... LOL!!!:dumb:
And they look like butter wouldn't melt!

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lol...love the replys!!!!


lol.....im sure they do accept in a way you'v done something...but dont show much......feelin.......

hard thing to put into words!
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My Story. was that with the turtle that the girl had forever and i don't remember everything just that it was with someone else in the end .
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No, it was about a girl that was working with a Burm at a zoo and it latched on to her neck.
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Our boa's imitate sticks very well. we didn't train them though, they just do it.
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I can tell you all animals do love back. for instance.. if you hurt ur snakes, they will hiss at u adn such from then on .. if u give it good care, they will let u handle them and play with them .. no they won't kiss you.. but they will let u have the privelege of their time... which would other wise be taking up by $h1tt1ng and eating vermin ..hmmmm lol

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In my opinion we dont/cant really understand what a snake is thinking/feeling. So how do we know if he/she wants to be held or likes to be with us? All we can really do is judge their actions. If they hiss they probably dont want to be played with, if they are roaming they may want food, if they are always in their warm/cool spot they probably need more/less heat etc. Its hard to tell what snakes, or any animal except maybe humans, are feeling you just have to go by what kind of actions or reactions they present to us. Again my opinion.

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thanx for everyones opinion....
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