Hank Van Joslin is President and CEO of Van Joslin Real Estate Group. He is the founder of RACER Reptile & Amphibian Certification Education Resources. Hank is also a Member ETHS - East Texas Herpetological Society, and SWCHR - Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research. Today, Hank keeps more than 80 king snakes and milk snakes in a climate-controlled facility. Van Joslin is a graduate of the University of Tampa.
They Might Be Thinking:
People will think I’m weird if I have a pet snake.
Some people will be afraid of my pet snakes and reptiles.
Reptiles can be a lot of work, because they are messy animals to care for.
Amphibians need too much care due to them needing both water and land habitats.
I can’t have young children around when I play with my snakes.
Most people don’t know the difference between venomous and non-venomous.
Most people are afraid to handle snakes.
The only time you handle frogs is in science lab.
Do toads give you warts, or is that a fable?
Red and black, friend of Jack. Rred and yellow, kill a fellow.
Scientists can learn a lot from the fact that lizards can regenerate their tails.
Herptiles need special cages, lighting and temperature control.
What is the proper temperature for keeping reptiles comfortable?
What should I feed my reptiles?
How big could my snake get?
Should I be afraid of my own snake?
What should the rules be for handling my reptiles?
Words That Might Be Encouraging:
Reptiles and amphibians are God’s creations.
Reptiles and amphibians important parts of the ecosystem.
In many early civilizations, snakes were worshipped.
Herptiles make interesting pets.
Having a snake is a big responsibility.
I think you are brave to make these creatures your pets.
Tell me more about what it takes to care for a reptile.
What are the best books to learn about snakes?
Where do you go to buy reptiles?
Words That Might Be Discouraging:
Snakes are really disgusting.
I can’t imagine feeling safe in a house with a snake as a pet.
The bible tells us that snakes are bad.
The only good snake is a dead snake.
Turtles and tortoises carry salmonella.
Snakes will chase you.
You are really strange. Snakes are really creepy.
Can't you find a safer hobby?
I think this is just a phase you are going through.
You are going to lose friends because of this hobby.
What will you do if you get bitten?
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