People kill me when they say they have a venomous snake. I ask them if they have anti venom and they usually respond no,or whats that! Here in the state of TN you are required by law to have anti venoms of the species of venomous snakes you own.Working at a reptile zoo in TN,TWRA sends us venomous stuff all the time.A couple of weeks ago we received a Sumatran cobra.A man was keeping him in a dresser drawer! The snake is around 3 1/2 feet.We also received a WAG mamba,rhino viper,and a waglers viper. The people who had these didnt have the antidotes so if they got bit,they were up the creek w/ no paddle! Last year a man in the area was bitten by his pet king cobra. He didnt gave the anti venom and almost died.If you get bit and dont have the anti venom,you use up zoo stock, so if someone at the zoo gets bit,they are screwed.Happened to us a while back, my friend was bitten by a WDR and would have died if another zoo didnt have the anti venom. In short, keeping any species of venomous snake is not safe and should ONLY be recommended to pro and zoo's, both of those should have anti venoms and a venomous species licence.