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To add to this, I have TERRIBLE anxiety and the calming effects handling snakes provides me with are what prevents me from having to take anti-anxiety medication. They can be fantastic therapy animals.
Agreed. If I’m near a panic attack taking out any of my snakes sends it away almost immediately.
Reptiles can make incredible therapy animals, especially for people with allergies to fur. I’ve brought Ngarehu with me to my Mom’s hospice and the residents there were active and interested in learning more about him. He was able to make connections to people who weren’t able to connect to an active and bouncy puppy.
Personally, I find him very soothing to handle as well. In public, when I feel like I’m on the brink of an anxiety attack, I can put my hand on him and remind myself why I’m outside. He’s the best emotional support animal I could have asked for. This is perfect for me since most anti-anxiety meds just put me to sleep.
Reptiles don’t experience emotions like us, but that’s ok. Sometimes it’s really nice to just slow down and pat a lizard or a snake.
Okay. So I can almost guarantee that you wouldn’t say this about someone’s cute little aquatic turtle or someone’s fish or a tree frog. I’m willing to bet any amount of money that this comes from bias towards snakes because of your ignorant misconceptions. It’s okay to not understand an animal or be afraid of it. It’s not okay to tell me that I’m less deserving of my animals because of your personal issues with them.
As far as them being therapy animals goes, I can and will say that the most calming thing I have the ability to do at home is sit down with olly on my stomach or my lap and run my hands gently down him, which he doesn’t mind at all. My snakes have the ability to let me de-compress in only a few minutes when I’m stressed just by letting me touch them.
People find their own personal therapy jn different ways. Some people do best with therapy dogs and whatnot, some people use sensory objects, some people go on walks, I handle my snakes.
A London clinic is the first to use reptiles to help patients overcome low self-worth and “communication issues”.
The Huntercombe hospital in Roehampton has enlisted Angel, a seven-year-old 5ft corn snake, in group sessions where patients can touch, feed and care for her.
The majority of its 38 patients are referred by the NHS for treatment for addictions and eating disorders.
Louise Helsdown, the occupational therapist running the programme, said snakes were a “fantastic aid” in helping people recover from mental health problems.
My reptiles, especially snakes, are my therapy and my dogs are the most stressful and unrewarding things in my life and I try every day not to complain about them.
Also no, a snake doesn’t require the same level of care as a dog or cat, in fact, it requires infinitely less. All you have to do is learn a little first. Just because it’s conventional for everybody to learn how to take care of dogs because they grew up with them also doesn’t mean you know how to care for a dog properly, like fucking hell I’ve only met a few truly well adjusted, well behaved, actually 100% healthy dogs in my entire life.
Seconding all this. My snakes have helped me through a lot of rough spots and are perfect for my lifestyle. They are more enjoyable and stress-reducing than any needy, over-affectionate mammal.
The idea of reptiles not being able to be therapy animals is absurd because literally any animal can be a therapy animal. The only thing that matters is if the person happens to find comfort in said animal and news flash, not everyone is comfortable with dogs and cats. Literally be any animal because furriness is not a requirement for comfort. I have met therapy cockroaches and millipedes, okay.
I like a lot of animals and find calmness in practically any pet but I started collecting snakes partly as a coping mechanism to help with my recovery from years of self harm. I had absolutely no will to care for myself but I could still find the energy to care for my snakes at a time where my depression would not allow me to leave the house so I could walk my dog. Anon is an assumptive ass who seems to be under the impression that everyone’s therapy should work the same way and in reality, that’s what hinders recovery for many.