Would you give up your passions, your convictions and your dreams for someone you love?
Drop everything and fly or flee across the world?Fleeing, perhaps, away from a known and determinate future and flinging yourself into an unpredictable, inconstant one that you don’t have to…
darq-kishi asked: hello, my mother has finally given me permission to buy a pet snake, my problem is that she refuses to feed it, even with frozen mice. Since I am studying archaeology I sometimes am away from home for 2-3 weeks at a time. Could you recommend a begginer snake that would not mind a bit of travel? (once I arrive at the base camp I would not move it again until the term is over)
I sympathize in re: reluctant parents. My mother is severely phobic of snakes, so I can’t have one as long as I’m living at home.
Unfortunately, snakes aren’t really meant for travel. I honestly would not recommend getting any sort of reptile if you’re going to be moving back and forth, even infrequently — because they’ve got very specific heating and humidity requirements, maintaining those while moving would be difficult and likely put a lot of stress on the animal.
Maybe you can try connecting with local herp groups and making a friend who could feed your snake while you’re away? Otherwise, I can’t in good conscience recommend you keeping a snake right now.
As someone who is the friend-who-cares-for-the-reptiles-in-the-case-of-extended-leave, and also animal-lover-who-wishes-could-have-animals-but-travels-a-lot I’d also like to add that [American] laws prohibit reptiles in plane cabins (meaning taking them as a carry-on) without a professional license for ‘wrangling’ reptiles. : / At least by my last check. As far as rules go, they’re pretty strict about flying with your pet snake/bearded dragon/gecko/etc. Granted, I checked this rule several years ago but it seems to hold true today… I’m trying to find my original source when trying to help a friend out but Google searches for anything containing “Snakes” and “plane” show me images of Samuel L. Jackson. x-x
Generally you have to call the specific airlines but they usually have similar rules when it comes to reptiles in the cabin. ‘No snakes on planes[‘cabins].’ (Mammals are a different story…)
Airlines usually recommend checking the animal in to ride with baggage (typical of large dogs), but cabin pressure as well as temperature issues (not to mention stress!) would probably be bad news for your pet. The other recommendation is shipping the animal, but this also sounds like a bad idea especially if it needs to be done… more than once.
I’m sure there are more qualified people than me to give this tidbit a more reliable ring of truth but I thought I should throw in my bystander experience as a traveler who’s considered such things in the past. Hopefully someone can add to what I’ve said here for anyone curious.
But hopefully you have friends who are interested and willing to learn how to care for your snakes with you!