I thought about getting myself a sweet little snake to keep as a pet but the more I studied and thought about it, the less appealing the idea became.
I have to admit that i did shed some tears about it.
The problem, as I finally reconciled it, is that most snakes are prone to bite first and talk later.
They are practically impossible to snuggle down under the covers with on a cold winter night. I can imagine they would spend the entire night crawling all over the bed and keeping me awake.
Taking them out on a leash for a walk in the park is unthinkable because I need to walk a little faster than they do when they are casually crawling around.
One good think about them, though, they do not bark! So the neighbors would not be complaining about my barking snake.
The sad thing is that I know that some snakes can be affectionate — not very cuddly, but affectionate. The reason I know this to be true is that when I lived in Michigan some years ago, I would let baby snakes hang off the ends of my fingers and they seemed to be quite content doing that. The mother was never very appreciative of me playing with her babies however and I am so glad I wore snake guards when I was doing all this.
I will have to think of some other sweet little creature as a pet …. maybe another cricket. I had a cricket once. Kept him in the laundry room. He chirped all night ever night. Ate holes in a lot of my clothes. But I loved him. (He died.)