"an honest-to-God BPD womanchild misanthrope"
Yeah my cockatiel is always biting me, way worse than my balls. I hear rabbits are the worst though, like they can just about maul you. Prey animals do not fuck around.I love rat snakes. I live in a place where snakes are common wildlife, but where most people have the “snakes are vermin and should be killed on sight” mentality. I feel like 75% of the time someone asks about the identity of a local snake it’s a rat snake. 20% of the time it’s a garter. I also see blind snakes that crawl into my house and die from dehydration. Poor buggers. They’re so tiny you’d think they were worms.
I too love rats, but couldn’t bring myself to have them as pets due to having snakes. I have chickens but I never feed my snakes fowl so I’m not worried about them smelling it on me and thinking “food!” Hopefully.
Plus my chicks are starting to get too big for my breeds of snake to eat. One of them bites more than any snake I know, I swear. I like the part about earning trust. It’s like having a bunch of two year olds.
Where I'm at dekays, Midland water snakes, and rat snakes seem to be the most common. Lots of Kings too. And yeah they're all heavily persecuted. Copperheads are the most common venomous ones but sadly they've been extirperated locally in many places.