To add to this, I have TERRIBLE anxiety and the calming effects handling snakes provides me with are what prevents me from having to take anti-anxiety medication. They can be fantastic therapy animals.
Agreed. If I’m near a panic attack taking out any of my snakes sends it away almost immediately.
Reptiles can make incredible therapy animals, especially for people with allergies to fur. I’ve brought Ngarehu with me to my Mom’s hospice and the residents there were active and interested in learning more about him. He was able to make connections to people who weren’t able to connect to an active and bouncy puppy.
Personally, I find him very soothing to handle as well. In public, when I feel like I’m on the brink of an anxiety attack, I can put my hand on him and remind myself why I’m outside. He’s the best emotional support animal I could have asked for. This is perfect for me since most anti-anxiety meds just put me to sleep.
Reptiles don’t experience emotions like us, but that’s ok. Sometimes it’s really nice to just slow down and pat a lizard or a snake.
Reptiles can’t be used as therapy animals? I think the NHS would have something to say about that;
Okay. So I can almost guarantee that you wouldn’t say this about someone’s cute little aquatic turtle or someone’s fish or a tree frog. I’m willing to bet any amount of money that this comes from bias towards snakes because of your ignorant misconceptions. It’s okay to not understand an animal or be afraid of it. It’s not okay to tell me that I’m less deserving of my animals because of your personal issues with them.
As far as them being therapy animals goes, I can and will say that the most calming thing I have the ability to do at home is sit down with olly on my stomach or my lap and run my hands gently down him, which he doesn’t mind at all. My snakes have the ability to let me de-compress in only a few minutes when I’m stressed just by letting me touch them.
People find their own personal therapy jn different ways. Some people do best with therapy dogs and whatnot, some people use sensory objects, some people go on walks, I handle my snakes.
A London clinic is the first to use reptiles to help patients overcome low self-worth and “communication issues”.
The Huntercombe hospital in Roehampton has enlisted Angel, a seven-year-old 5ft corn snake, in group sessions where patients can touch, feed and care for her.
The majority of its 38 patients are referred by the NHS for treatment for addictions and eating disorders.
Louise Helsdown, the occupational therapist running the programme, said snakes were a “fantastic aid” in helping people recover from mental health problems.
I’d like to add to the personal stories of reptiles as therapy animals. As someone with terrible anxiety problems, I would try to keep fish since they helped me; watching them swim was very calming for me. As a child, I didn’t really understand how to take care of fish. When I got in college, we weren’t allowed to have pets in the dorm, so I got a betta fish after researching and researching how to take care of it. Well, despite my efforts, the betta got sick and died from what I thing was fish tuberculosis. So I swore off keeping fish since I apparently have no luck with them.
Now I’m without a way to stay calm, right? I find my solace in animals, but since I’m in my dorm, I don’t have anything. Then, I found out I could keep a snake. I’ve always wanted a snake ever since I saw videos of Julius the burmese python when I was in my early teen years. My parents never let me have a snake, but I was no longer under their roof. I went to PetCo after gathering things I would need to keep a snake and bought Osiris (this was before I knew how bad pet stores were with reptiles. Never again.)
Osiris and Powder (who I got a couple months later) have been absolutely WONDERFUL animals to keep, and any time I feel anxious or panicky, I go to one of their tubs and play with them, stroking them and letting them explore my bed. The frequency of my attacks has gone down SIGNIFICANTLY, and they usually only happen if I’m unable to get to my snakes like if I’m out or something. So yes, anon. They are wonderful therapy animals. And I love Osiris and Powder JUST as much as I love my dogs or my cat.
trans women in seattle: do not see dr rob killian
he treats trans women as if they were cis men, and will threaten to take away your hormones if you disagree with him (and will go through with it!)
I HAVE SOME FRIENDS IN THIS AREA SO UM. LET’S NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. PLEASE AVOID THIS MISOGYNIST
WOW OKAY SPREADING THE WORD TO EVERY TRANS WOMAN I KNOW
my anaconda don’t
because that’s a burmese python
Actually pretty sure it’s an albino ball
You know, looking at the head now, I do believe you’re right.
I do recommend this book for info on ball pythons. Other than that ask around to people who have experience with ball pythons and have the enclosure set up before you get the snake to run humidity and temperature checks. And congrats on your new scale baby!
Care sheets! It won’t substitute for into in that book, but it’s a damn good place to start. And not ones by pet stores. Read care sheets written by owners and reputable breeders. Message me and I can help you out. :)
It’s almost midnight and I made a stupid video with Powder. :P
Hannibal’s 200 Follower Giveaway!
It’s been a wild ride since I started Hannibal’s blog, and I’ve made a lot of friends and learned a ton about reptiles. My love for them has grown and grown, and I want to thank everyone who takes the time and effort to make wonderful tiny homes for their tiny (or some cases not so tiny) reptiles! And also a thank you to those who follow Hannibal and love his little snoot! : D Thank you thank you!
1st Prize: A hand sewn Hannibal Plushie made by me. I’m in no way a professional at making plushies, but I did my best! :3 Colored with fabric markers!
- Please do not get it wet, the markers said waterproof but I do not trust them.
- Please be gentle, I worked really hard on this, but as I said I’m not a professional and I can’t guarantee it’ll survive being thrown out the window or chewed by a dog.
- Allergy Warning- This was made in a household with many cats and dogs, and may contain pet allergens. If this is a problem, please do not enter for the plushie.
- The plushie is about 18 inches long when set up like the middle picture of it.
2nd Prize:Hannibal sticker from my Redbubble Shop. This sticker design was drawn by me.
1. You must be living within the United States.
2. You must be ok with giving me your address, and be either 18 years or older, or have permission from your parent(s) or guardian(s).
3. No Giveaway Blogs.
4. Do not enter with more than one blog.
5. You may not resell either of the prizes.
6. You must like reptiles, so either own one (with proper housing and husbandry, of course) or have a blog or a place in your heart dedicated to reptiles. :3
7. You do not have to be following Hannibal’s blog, but you should because he’s cute. owu
8. Your ask must be on for me to send confirmation, if not I will move on to the next person. If you don’t answer within a week of winning, I will choose another winner unless I see on your blog that you’re on vacation or otherwise plan to be back on a certain date.
9. Reblog this so it shows all the text please. And do not delete any of the text.
- Reblog and in the comments list your favorite type of reptile! Any kind of reptile, and you can add details like what kind of morph or color if you want (but the details aren’t necessary, I just like knowing uwu) Only one reblog will count and it is worth one entry.
- Likes are worth one entry, and only one like will count.
- The winners will be chosen by Random.org. Two winners will be selected and contacted privately. Their names will only be posted publicly if they do not say otherwise.
The contest will end October 20th, 2014 at 9pm EST
Eeeee Hannibal! Thank you!
Gosh it’s hard to pick one, so ill just take the favor of our babes and pick California Kingsnake!
Nile crocodiles and blood pythons (:
Ayyyy the ball python babes are where it’s at! And I also love me some BRBs uwu
Ps dear lord Hanni is a cutie pie
Skookum’s had enough of your bullshit
JUST KIDDING HE LOVES YOU!
look at this lizard
I think it’s lovely how you can sit in a classroom and visualize having sex with someone and nobody will notice at all
do you know how many angry boys have messaged me about boners because of this post
In India, a snake protects two pups for 48 hours after they accidentally fall into a hole. At first it was thought that she wanted to attack them, but then noticed she was caring for the puppies. When rescued, the snake was released into a forest.
It is impossible not to share it with you.
that snake is going to snake heaven
I couldn’t help myself.
Neither could I
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Public Service Announcement FOR THE TURTLES
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie is coming out today.
Get toys for your child instead of a living creature. Please don’t buy a turtle for your child on a whim. Prevent the loss of native species, be responsible. Do a lot of research before you bring a baby turtle home.
The tank you see below is the MINIMUM for a red eared slider. Do you have room for this big of a tank in two years when your new baby turtle gets big?
Baby turtles are just that—babies. They get BIG. They can live for up to 30 years. They also require some of the most needy care if you wish to care for it correctly. They don’t just require water and land and food. There’s a lot more that goes into it. And if you let it go or flush it down the toilet (like so many people do, sadly) when your child gets bored they are *worse* for the ecosystems than those burmese pythons everyone is so worried about.
If you are in Oregon, and you need more information on turtles, look here:
Thank god someone made this post. My turtle is in a 75 and I wouldn’t dream of doing anything smaller.
Is there a hide on the side that the waterbowl is? BPs should really have two hides, one on cool side, one on warm. They like to be hidden, otherwise they get stressed. If the waterbowl’s side doesn’t have a hide, it’s possible he just doesn’t want to be hot/cool but doesn’t want to be exposed.