There are many kinds of exotic snakes for sale in the world and many of them make good pets
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This show is for people who have — or are curious about owning — any of the birds, snakes or small mammals who are considered exotic pets — from bunnies to iguanas, and parrots to ferrets. Dr. Karen will help you understand the physical requirements of these animals and how to avoid most of the medical problems these pets can develop once you understand the often challenging proper environment and correct diet that are essential to their welfare.
Co-host Karen Rosenthal, DVM, MS, has an impressive professional history, from being Director of Special Species Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by years focused on Avian and Exotic pets at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She is now Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. Matthew’s University in the Cayman Islands, British West Indies.
Leslie Peevyhouse can't hold back tears, thinking of her five exotic pet snakes, killed by someone over the weekend.
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I am an exotic pet person. This came as quite a surprise to me when I moved to a new city and called a vet specializing in small animals to see if they could fit in one of my guinea pigs who had developed a sneeze during our move, but was told that the vet did not treat "exotic pets". Surprise! Both of my guinea pigs and my little mouse are exotic pets. I assure you they all felt quite fancy when I informed them of their status. (I also have enjoyed the upgrade to exotic pet person from crazy rodent lady.) As it turns out, rabbits, chinchillas, hamsters, turtles, frogs, snakes, are all exotic pets. And as un-exotic as your exotic pets may be, they can still pose a lot of difficulty when it comes to signing a lease. Nearly $18,000 worth of snakes and feeding rats were stolen from an exotic pet store in Omaha Friday.
Photo provided by FlickrIn most cases, someone who owns an exotic pet is not legally required to tell their neighbors what they own. That includes venomous snakes.
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Emergency departments throughout the USA may have some familiarity with the management of envenomation from indigenous snake species such as Crotalinae (rattlesnakes) and Micrurus (coral snakes). However, venomous species may include exotic reptiles whose bites pose substantial treatment challenges due to both a lack of experience and the difficulty in obtaining antivenoms. Two pet cobra envenomation incidents illustrate the challenges that face emergency departments, especially in urban settings, that are confronted with these exposures. It is important for emergency departments to be aware of the large underground presence of exotic venomous reptile pets and to utilise the expertise of regional poison centres that will also assist in the procurement of exotic antivenoms.Owners are often amateur snake‐keepers and are at risk for envenomation from their pets. The World Heath Organization estimates that worldwide there are 2.54 million venomous snake bites with 125 000 fatalities annually. Each year in the USA, 50 000 snakebites are recorded, 7000 of which are envenomations, resulting in 15 fatalities. In 2005, the American Association of Poison Control Centers' (AAPCC) National Poisoning and Exposure Database recorded 240 exotic snake bites resulting in eight patients with major outcomes (defined as disfiguring or life‐threatening).The trade in exotic creatures, second only to drugs and weapons on the international black market, makes the presence of exotic venomous snakes possible in every country of the world. This industry is estimated to be worth at least $15 billion (£7.5 billion, €11 billion) annually in the USA alone. Approximately 3% of US households harbour 7.3 million pet reptiles, with snakes being the most common, but few records exist as the majority of US states do not have accurate record keeping regarding the ownership of these animals.Rattlesnakes and copperheads (Crotalinae), and coral snakes (Micrurus) are indigenous to the USA and the management of envenomation from these species is familiar to many emergency department staff. However, exotic snake bites present substantial treatment challenges to the emergency department due to a lack of experience and familiarity with exotic snakes. This is compounded by the difficulty of obtaining the necessary antivenoms for patient management. The rarity of such exposures does not make them a high priority issue in emergency departments and it is easy to become complacent about such issues. Two pet cobra envenomation incidents described below illustrate the challenges that face emergency departments when confronted with these exposures and how poison centres can help to resolve those challenges.