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    How to convice my parent to havingg ball pythons inside the house?

    How bad is it for your health if you have your ball python inside the house?I have 5 ball pythons and 1 boa, they're all still 1 and 2 years old. I juts bought a system rack from C Serpent and I don't want to keep them in glass tank in garage any more. But my mom keeps telling my they'd affect her health cuz she believe keeping snakes will made the house smell.

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    First, you "smell", dirty/neglected animals "stink". If your snakes in the garage are stinky then you need to do a better job at keeping their enclosures clean. Snakes only eat every week or so, so they usually don't have a bowel movements every single day, so it's not a big job keeping them clean.

    Second, reptiles are hypo-allergenic and don't shed dander like mammals or birds, so there is less likelihood of experiencing an allergic reaction if you have one in the house.

    Third, reptiles in racks or proper reptile enclosures are easy to keep clean, especially if they are on newspaper. When one makes a mess, remove all newspaper, spray the tub with F10, wipe it clean, and put in fresh newspaper. If they are on substrate then spot cleaning daily with a substrate change as needed will keep stink to a minimum.

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    Re: How to convice my parent to havingg ball pythons inside the house?

    I don't think a lot of people unexperienced with snakes will associate them with smelling bad.

    The fact that your mom is worried about the scent inside the house makes me think your husbandry practices in the garage may need to be revised before you bring them into the living areas.
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    Btw, is air freshener cool with ball python?

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    Re: How to convice my parent to havingg ball pythons inside the house?

    Quote Originally Posted by krayken View Post
    Btw, is air freshener cool with ball python?
    No, it can irritate their lungs. However when you clean your cages out, you can spray them with enzymatic cleaner and then wipe clean. That will eliminate odors. We have ferrets and use it on their litter boxes when they are cleaned, and it makes a huge difference in removing residual unseen sources of odor.
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    Re: How to convice my parent to havingg ball pythons inside the house?

    Quote Originally Posted by krayken View Post
    Btw, is air freshener cool with ball python?
    Snakes only have one usable lung so avoiding essential oil warmers, wax warmers (e.g. "Scentsy"), smoking, etc. in the house is a good idea.

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    Mom's house mom's rules. When you get your own place it's your rules.

    Ask mom if you can keep the snakes in your room. That might keep mom out of it.

    Good luck with getting mom to change her mind.

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    Re: How to convice my parent to havingg ball pythons inside the house?

    Quote Originally Posted by 303_enfield View Post
    Mom's house mom's rules. When you get your own place it's your rules.

    Ask mom if you can keep the snakes in your room. That might keep mom out of it.

    Good luck with getting mom to change her mind.
    I gotta agree here. Mom's house, Mom's rules.

    It wouldn't hurt to try to put together an informational package for her though. Maybe treat it like a homework assignment? Cite examples and sources and try to show her that smell and allergies aren't typically an issue with snakes. She may appreciate the time you took?

    If ultimately she says no, you have to respect that though. At least you can keep them in the garage. I didn't get my first snake til I was out of my parents house, my father was absolutely not having a snake in his house. And I had to respect that.

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