Rattlesnakes cannot be tamed but they can learn to react calmly to threats. Unless the buyer has a permit to own the snake, it’s best to leave the creatures alone.
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Can rattlesnakes make good pets?
Don’t consider a rattlesnake as a pet unless you have adequate space and knowledge of the species. If children, elderly or disabled people live in your house, you should not keep a rattlesnake as a pet.
Don’t play games with the snake, knock on the cage or take it out of the tank except to clean it. If you do decide to keep a snake as your pet, make sure you know how to care for it properly.
Can you hold a rattlesnake?
Unless you’re a trained venom extractor, don’t pick up a snake with your hands. Zookeepers and herpetologists use a pole called a “snake net” to scoop up their animals. But if you want to take a closer look at a venomous snake, you’ll need to get a permit from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).
The permit is good for one year, but you can renew it at any time. You’ll have to pay a $25 fee for each renewal, which can be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit card. The fee is non-refundable, so make sure you have enough money in your account to cover the cost of the permit before you apply for it.
Are rattlesnakes aggressive?
Generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, but given room they will retreat. A lot of snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is mishandled or accidentally touched. Most snakebites occur on the hands, feet, and/or face of the victim. The bite of a venomous snake can be fatal if not treated promptly. If you suspect a snakebite, seek medical attention immediately.
What is the life expectancy of a rattlesnake?
The eggs are carried by the female for three months and then she gives birth to young Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous, so they don’t lay eggs, instead the eggs are carried by the female for three months, and then she gives birth to young. One species and one subspecies are listed as “Endemic”, but most of the species are stable.
The best thing to do is to keep them out of your yard. If you live in an area with a lot of snakes, you may want to consider a snake-proof fence. You can also use a repellent, such as DEET or picaridin, to help keep snakes away from your home.
Do rattlesnakes like humans?
Most rattlesnakes are actually quite docile animals and, when given a chance, go about their business. “They’re not out to kill people,” said Dr. John R. Rauch, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida.
Do pet snakes bond with their owners?
Snakes can differentiate between humans and their owner’s scent can be positive or negative with time. The snakes can’t form a bond with their owner like a dog or cat because they can’t see humans as companions.