In case you haven’t heard, there was a tragic event that’s been all in the news this week. I wanted to share USARK’s statement on the matter (or on Facebook if their page isn’t loading), which summarizes the event as well as important reminders for safety and protocol.
We urge everyone in the herpetocultural community to become educated on proper handling protocols, techniques, and husbandry measures. Responsibility in animal ownership is paramount. Any facility workers or volunteers must be actively taught to minimize the already-small risks involved in keeping reptiles, with these precautions readily and frequently reviewed. Similarly, private keepers working with animals in their home should adopt formal protocols to mitigate any assumed risk.
In the wake of this heartbreaking loss, it is important to maintain both our composure and our compassion. The persecution of responsible reptile keepers and disproportionate restrictions on the ownership of these animals will sound appealing to some. With a knowledgeable perspective, these animals can be maintained without incident by utilizing sound practices and standards. *Please make this the last instance of such a tragedy, by following established practices and protocols. We again extend our condolences to family and friends.
What kind of protocols do you giant snake owners keep? What’s consider too large to handle safely on your own? This animal was “only” 8’ long.