This photo is better with the caption added. :3
STORY OF MY LIFE WHEN I AM HANDLING MY SNAKES OMG. THEY JUST WANT TO LEAVE. LET ME LOVE YOU
Can I just say how sad it makes me that this morbidly obese retic being improperly handled is probably the most popular snake post on tumblr?
It makes me really, really fucking sad.
@ skink - it’s a joke photo a zoo or reptile sanctuary or something put up awhile ago. Whysosrs? Idk about it being obese but it was billed a s the largest snake in the work so maybe, but I’m not sure.
@ty actually I looked into this, and it’s from Prehistoric Pets, this shitty place known for being shitty, where they just powerfeed this retic just so it can be called the largest (fattest) snake in the world.
And @Skink, if it makes you feel any better, Bumble has way more notes than Twinkie. :D
god I love this post
Although I DO WANT TO POINT OUT that not all snakes are corn snakes and appear to be toothpicks. Retics are one of the species that are normally pretty thick.
Both snakes in the main photo and the above one (they don’t look to be the same to me but maybe it’s lighting) look normalish; if they’re female then I can understand the thickness since girlies like to be thick, though the bottom could lose a little weight, but this is Prehistoric Pets we’re talking about. The top one looks okay to me.
either way it amuses me that anyone could think that the snake in the main picture is being mishandled in any serious way; if a snake doesn’t like what’s going on, it’s gonna freak out and try to flee or defend itself.
Comparing pythons to corn snakes? Seriously? Apples to oranges to try and make a point? No, this is an obese snake (yes, those photos are the same snake.) The fat deposits on the back of her head literally disfigure her appearance. She looks more like a burm than a retic because she’s bulged out by her own weight, and the fat deposits on the head are supposed to be the most minimal.
This is NOT NORMAL and IS DANGEROUS to the animal’s health. Other than the fact all this weight is hard to lug around and difficult for their organs to deal with, large constrictors of this size can literally injure and crush themselves under their own weight through mishandling or laying incorrectly, are prone to egg binding and constipation, and have a myriad of other problems that comes with just being too fat.
“This is Prehistoric Pets we’re talking about.” Do you think they’re flawless or something? Making a living off this doesn’t make you an excellent person. Dude’s got morbidly obese animals all over the place - just look at his water monitors and, oh I dunno, HIS DISPLAY RETICS. This snake and one of its large siblings were/are power fed, Prehistoric Pets freely admitted this at one point like it was no big deal, that should be all that needs to be said.
Also, since you don’t seem to know much about being a responsible giant constrictor owner, let me lay it down for you. This is mishandling in that:
- There is only one person with this snake. If a snake is over 10 ft, you need a minimum of two people. Something this size, you’re going to need more than 2 people to lift the damn thing, so woman in the photo and whoever is running the camera a proper handling team does not make.
- It’s not actually being handled AT ALL, which is a mistake in itself. This snake IS trying to move. It feels exposed. The motions are all there in the photo: this snake can’t move like a normal retic. It coils and inches along, slug like in a panic. They’ve got a video up where they have 3 people (if I remember right, though it was likely more) trying to move this exact same snake and it gets away from all constantly, wrecking the place, pulling shit off walls, knocking things off desks, looking for a place to hide. Having LESS CONTROL over the animal than in that situation is asking for shit.
- This is a snake that is capable of killing a person. You don’t joke around with that shit, no matter how tame it is. These people? They’re joking around with it. A snake that size is DANGEROUS and I’d be willing to say the only reason its not meaner is because it is over fed to the point of lethargy and poor locomotion.
- You don’t make a joke out of not being able to handle the deadly animal in your care. Not unless you want to damage the reputation of exotic keepers. That on its own is inherently irresponsible.
Proper handling includes not putting yourself at unnecessary risk. Say it with me. Proper handling includes not putting yourself at unnecessary risk. Proper handling includes not putting yourself at unnecessary risk. Proper handling includes not putting yourself at unnecessary risk. Proper handling includes not putting yourself at unnecessary risk.
It was nice of you to point out that you know nothing about retics or large constrictor handling though thank you we all need ignorance to make an example out of from time to time, especially ignorance that thinks its expertise.