*I realise that tastes, opinions, and circumstances can change over time, but at least as things stand right now, what are some reptile species that you don’t think you’ll ever keep, and why? Do you just not care for them, are there practical issues for you with their upkeep, are they too expensive, etc. We talk a lot about species we want to keep, so I thought it might be fun to flip it around and talk about the species we DON’T want. Keep in mind that the point is not to malign any species or the people who keep them, but just to compare and contrast our various criteria and opinions.
Here’s my list:
-Most truly arboreal snakes (tree boas, GTPs, ETBs, etc.). I think they’re absolutely beautiful, but I really like being able to be more hands-on with my animals, and most arboreal snakes’ delicate physiology combined with their often nippy temperment doesn’t make them the best for handling, so I think they’re just not for me. Plus CBB green trees and emeralds are pretty pricey.
-Giant snakes (burms, retics, rock pythons, olive pythons, anacondas, etc.). I love them, but I just don’t have the space to give them what they need as adults, and that’s unlikely to change. Plus I don’t have anyone to help me safely handle a truly giant snake. I would, however, consider a dwarf burm or retic at some point, because I think they’re awesome snakes, I just can’t accommodate a full-sized adult.
-Giant lizards (tegus, large monitors, etc.). See above. I just don’t have the space, although I do love them. I would like to get one or two species of smaller monitors at some point, though.
-Front-fanged venomous and spicy rear-fanged snakes (mangroves, boomslangs, kukris, etc.). Because I like to handle my snakes and don’t have a death wish, these just aren’t for me. I take comfort in knowing the worst my snakes can do if they bite me is draw a little blood. That all changes with venomous snakes. There are many venomous species I really love and I have enormous respect for responsible venomous keepers, but venomous snakes are definitely not the right pets for me.
-Most lizards. This is the one I think has the most potential to change in the future, but at least for now, I’m just not that into lizards in general. With the exception of some smaller monitor species (and tegus and large monitors if I ever have the space), most lizards just don’t really appeal to me right now. I’m pretty focused on snakes. I think lots of lizards are really cool, I just don’t have a strong desire to keep them myself right now.
-Most colubrids. For some reason, most colubrid species just don’t really appeal to me. I think many are very beautiful, but I generally prefer the look of pythons and boas. Exceptions would be hognoses (which I guess aren’t technically colubrids…?) and false water cobras, which are two species I would like to keep at some point. But most rat snakes/king snakes/milk snakes, etc. just don’t call to me for whatever reason.
-Anything wild-caught. If I can’t find it/afford it CBB, then it’s not for me. I just don’t want to deal with all the potential problems that often come with WC specimens. Plus I want to support breeders who are working hard to produce quality CBB animals for the pet trade.
Now it’s your turn!