||Travis Cossette, who filled in for our
own Matt Crews, introduced us to keeping venomous snakes in
captivity. Travis, who is currently working at the University
of Florida in biomedical research, gave an entertaining presentation,
complete with the humorous aspects (usually poking fun at people
who do stupid things). He covered the gamut ranging from why
people keep them, risks and mistakes, Florida state regulations,
housing and handling of the venomous snakes.
||NOTE: Anyone interested
in keeping venomous snakes here in Florida has to have a permit
issued by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
It is in their best interest to network with current venomous
keepers, as one of the requirements is to log 1000 hours experience
under the guidance of a currently permitted venomous keeper.
THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!!!!! Safety is the word and meticulous
attention to detail is a must if one is to have a long, happy
life working with these beautiful, but potentially lethal serpents.