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    Pythons and HUMAN Breathing Problems...

    I have been trying to research the link between snakes and human breathing issues all day with no luck.

    I am selling one of my snakes to my cousin and my aunt told his mother snakes are not good for kids with asthma. He is 9 and does have asthma. Does anyone have any idea what my aunt was babbling about? I have never heard anything of the sort. Something about when they shed or something. I havent a clue. If someone might now please let me in on your knowledge!
    I have 3 ball pythons that are wonderful pets and I have asthma and have never had a problem. Please give me ammo to tell the woman she is insane. Thanks!






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    Re: Pythons and HUMAN Breathing Problems...

    I've never heard such a thing...I know people with asthma and they have pets, a snake does not have dander or fur so why would it be bad for breathing prob...your aunt probably said that cause she does not think a kid with a snake is a good idea...some people like to say things to scare people. snakes and asthma related problems do not make sense
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    Re: Pythons and HUMAN Breathing Problems...

    Many people with asthma or allergies turn to reptiles as pets since they don't have anything that can bother them!
    I think that someone is trying to come up with anything to discourage the kid getting the snake!
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    Re: Pythons and HUMAN Breathing Problems...

    The snake won't bother his asthma. I have asthma and own 5 snakes.

    The aspen shavings may bother his breathing though, if that is the substrate.

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    Re: Pythons and HUMAN Breathing Problems...

    Sounds like another anti-reptile pitch to me. Though not the first I've heard. Some vets even make off remarks when it comes to exotic pets. Though I think this is mostly related to the fact that they don't believe that Exotics should be kept as pets. Since I've never heard such insanity from a exotic vet yet.
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    Re: Pythons and HUMAN Breathing Problems...

    I don't have asthma, but I do have very weak lungs, If I get bronchitis, it lays me out for weeks. I have 7 snakes, a turtle, and a lizard, and have never gotten sick from them.

    There is no logic whatsoever behind the claims.

    For any animal to transmit a disease to a human, the disease must be zoonotic (able to spread - no all diseases can).

    Reptiles can transmit fewer than ten diseases to humans - the most common is salmonella (which can also be transmitted from cats, dogs, birds, and food you buy at the grocery store)

    I forget what the rest are, but they are few and far between, and very rare.
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    Re: Pythons and HUMAN Breathing Problems...

    Thank you all!!! This will be used as ammo to tell the woman she is nuts!! Thanks!!

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    And if all else fails, ask the doctor!
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    Re: Pythons and HUMAN Breathing Problems...

    I must apologize for my slightly erroneous previous post.

    I looked up the following information in the merck home manual of veterinary care (Amazon.com: The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health: The complete pet health resource for your dog, cat, horse or other pets - in everyday language.: Merck Publishing and Merial, Cynthia M Kahn, Scott Line: Books).

    There are six zoonotic diseases that are commonly transmitted from reptile (specifically snake) to human - none of them respiratory.

    They include Salmonella, neonatal sepsis, meningitis, pentastomid worms,

    They also can carry parasites such as mites and ticks, which while they do not prefer to parasitize humans, can transmit if they bite us.

    Of all of these, salmonella is by far the most common. Most captive herps that have been to a vet will not likely carry most of the above diseases.
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    Re: Pythons and HUMAN Breathing Problems...

    There is a lot of asthma in my family, but we have many reptiles. They don't seem to cause any problems with breathing.
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