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    are ball pythons dangerous to children.

    my sons mother is finding it difficult to understand that ball pythons do not pose the same kind of danger towards children that a burmese or reticulated python would.

    just looking for some comments from others who have raised children around ball pythons and some other info which mite help ease her mind on the topic.

    all replies will b greatly appreciated.

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    Re: are ball pythons dangerous to children.

    My 3 year old is in love with mine. all the other kids in the yard are always petting her and holding her when i bring her out to. Its great


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    Re: are ball pythons dangerous to children.

    one problem she has is that she thinks that if it escapes it will attack and kill my son. are these fears justified or not, i believe they would rather curl up in some corner and wouldn't go near him but am open to any other theorys or advice.

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    Re: are ball pythons dangerous to children.

    What reason would a ball python have to kill a sleeping kid. even an awake one. They can't eat it and they don't kill in defense. worst would be a bite witch is no big deal. it might startle the kid and hurt a little.
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    I would just show her this site. You have to remember that these are FEARS that she has. They can't be easily corrected, but with some time, and some REAL KNOWLEDGE you can show her that they are pretty much harmless.
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    Re: are ball pythons dangerous to children.

    Yes, children are dangerous to Ball Pythons. (dyslexia FTW!)

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    I would almost think the snake would be safer to have around than either a cat or a dog. A cat scratch is possible to get cat scratch fever, especially if the cat goes outdoors along with their bites more likely to get infected. Dogs you have to worry about needing a rabies shot. Snakes you only have to worry about getting sick but that's if you're the smart type to lick your hands and the snake.

    Since I've been around all three I've been bitten by a snake once that drew blood, gotten bit on the butt, toes and fingers by a dog and had scratches up and down my arms from cats. If anything try to convince her to petting or holding the snake. Most people around here don't understand much about them and believe they are evil slimey creatures. After some explaining about their care and how tough their cages are for them to get out of. Most agree to at least touching the tail after several minutes but are surprised how friendly she is. Keeping in mind this is a 7ft RTB we take out along with a toddler but the reactions people had when she was under 9 months aren't as bad as she's gotten older and bigger.

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    Re: are ball pythons dangerous to children.

    No, they pose no danger to a child at all.
    However, a small child does pose a danger to a ball python depending on the child's age. (I've seen kids drop animals!)
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