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Re: Are Cobras decent pets if they're defanged?
Postby Ash » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:22 pm
No, they are not good hands-on pets even when defanged.
They need to have their venom glands removed in order to be nonvenomous--fangs don't have anything to do with the venom, they just make a hole for the venom to go in. Snakes that have had their venom glands removed are called venomoids.
Their fangs will grow back, so there isn't any reason to remove them. Some people believe defanging is cruel, but it's up to you where you stand on the issue. :icon-wink:
The venomoid procedure is not 100% flaw proof. There have been multiple cases in which someone purchased a venomoid and its glands regenerated. There are ethical reasons why people do not agree with the venomoid operation, but it's your choice where you stand on this issue as well. :icon-wink:
Since cobras will grow their fangs back, they will always be able to bite. Their bites can cause serious nerve damage, and since their fangs sink in deep, bad infections are common.
In addition, cobras are extremely skittish, nervous snakes. So they will bite all the time and probably be impossible to hold.
One of the attributes that attract people to cobras is their ability to flare their hood. So if you were somehow able to tame one down, it would never flare its hood and it would always look like a normal snake. Therefore the appeal is kind of lost.
I wanted a venomoid cobra for a long time and I did a lot of research on them as well as on the venomoid operation. In the end, I decided that I definitely would not get one for multiple reasons.
I think that if someone doesn't know how to handle a hot (a snake with venom) then they shouldn't have a venomoid. Venomoids and hots need to be handled the same way since their bites are both super bad. Even if a venomoid isn't capable of killing you, it will do bad damage.
So I would not recommend it. Now, if you wanted to get one as a hands-off pet, that's a different story, and I recommend that you get experience working with venomous snakes first. I think cobras are extremely cool animals, but unfortunately they really can't be a hands-on pet. I also really love gaboons and rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes aren't as dangerous, but I think it's best to be experience with venomous snakes before ever considering a venomoid.