Posts Tagged ‘Pythons’

Boy Cuddles & Plays With His 20-Ft. Pet Python

June 19, 2008

Man orders pet python to attack police officers

June 19, 2008

Bridgeport police say they arrested a city man after he ordered his pet to attack two officers. Lucky for them that 9-foot-long pythons aren’t very obedient.

Police Lt. James Viadero says 21-year-old Victor Rodriguez was charged with threatening police and disorderly conduct after Monday’s incident. No one was hurt.

Officers were called to Rodriguez’s apartment on a report that he was threatening his girlfriend with the pet reptile.

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Giant Pythons Could Spread Quickly Across South

May 19, 2008

As if killer bees and kudzu weren’t enough, the southern United States may soon have another invasive species to contend with — giant Burmese pythons capable of swallowing deer and alligators whole.

Approximately 30,000 of the big snakes, which can reach 30 feet and 200 pounds, already live wild in Florida’s Everglades, thanks to thick-headed pet owners who’ve released them into the swamps when they’ve grown too large to keep at home.

But now the U.S. Geological Survey says Florida is not the only place the Burmese python can thrive.

n fact, the big beasts, which are not poisonous and rarely attack humans, could live happily in the entire southern third of the country, from Southern California to Texas and the Lower Mississippi Valley and up the Eastern Seaboard to Chesapeake Bay.

All it would take would be enough pet releases in various locations to create a breeding population.

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Owners of exotic pets are a lot like owners of cats and dogs

May 2, 2008

Ask exotic-pet owners why they opted for pythons or tarantulas and you get … well, pretty much the same responses you’d expect from folks with more traditional pets.

Roy and Beverly Carlson were empty-nesters whose five children had grown up, and they were seeking humanlike companionship; enter Michael the pigtail macaque (a “monkid” in pet parlance). Gwen Hovde and Andrew Reddig switched to sugar gliders because they were tired of having hamsters die on them. Kaine Trondson used to be allergic to cats and soon took a liking to reptiles.

Another trait they share with those for whom cats and dogs reign: a disdain for irresponsible pet owners. The problem with exotic pets, they maintain, is not the animals but the people, irresponsible owners and breeders.

“That’s the way it is with every species,” Hovde said. “Pit bulls are great pets if they’re treated right. Same with sugar gliders.”

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Reptile Business Booms As Demand Increases For Unique Pets

April 11, 2008

When we hear the word ‘pet’ most of us conjure up images of finicky felines asserting their independence or fiercely loyal dogs taking on the dual roles of protector and best friend.    But more and more people are choosing less conventional creatures to cohabitate with.  Whether it’s Satanic Leaftail Geckos, Flying Tree Frogs, or slithering Pythons, reptiles and amphibians are no longer the feared curiosities that were once relegated to being used as props in heavy metal videos and horror film.

Grant Crossman can attest to the growing popularity of the unique and awe-inspiring critters.  His store, Port Credit Pet Centre, boasts Canada’s largest selection of reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids, many of which will be on display at the Ontario Reptile And Aquatics Expo, scheduled for April 13th in Mississauga.

“Reptiles are the fastest sector within the pet trade for growth,” Crossman explains.

“It’s the only department in North America that has shown double digit growth in the last three years.  Six percent of all households in the U.S. now own a reptile…in Canada it’s probably about 4 percent.”

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