I really think this is a CL hoax, much like the shock and awe photos and stories that come up on FB. This exact posting, word for word, was posted on my local CL.
I suppose I am a screwy person as I absolutely adore my reptiles. Straight up in love with them. My boas mean the world to me as any horse would. I truly wish people wouldn't make such terrible assumptions about people just for the things they enjoy. Some of the most wonderful people I have ever met have been reptile keepers and hobbyists.
Overall, if you are any means a keeper, you know where to get feeders for cheap. Pet shops, unless you are tight with the owner, are twice the price of breeders, reptile shows, or even building a rack and breeding your own.
Feeding live is very dangerous for the snake, especially with rats. I have seen pictures of some poor snakes chewed to pieces by rats when the owner went away for "a little bit". Poor babies. Frozen thawed is the much safer route, but unfortunately there are some snakes that would rather starve than eat F/T. Most Ball Pythons are picky enough. Any real hobbyist or keeper tries to limit variation in a BPs diet, just in case they decide that they will only eat certain things.
Right now, I have only been able to fee live since my frozen supplier(s) are VERY unreliable, and I know several breeders of live that I can always count on. It really hurt us when the reptile shows here went from every month to twice a year. When the switch happened, I did not have enough money or freezer space for six months worth of food. I have to watch my bull snake very carefully, because she is a lazy striker. She doesn't really wrap her prey at first. Her last feeding she grabbed it wrong and it was almost able to bite her. I didn't even think twice about clocking that sucker unconscious. I felt bad after it died, but at the time, my pretty girls safety was all that mattered. She is too sweet to let anything happen to her.
I do have one boa that will not under any circumstance eat frozen thawed. He will go up and smell it and investigate, but will not eat it. I doubt I will ever get him to switch over. Le sigh. It sucks too that he is small. Live pinkies and younger prey are miserable to find.
And on the other hand, my anaconda detests live. She likes to hunt from the water, and has very low confidence. She loses her nerve the second something seems amiss, which includes me looming over the enclosure. F/T, I can just clip over the water and leave.
As for "pets", I would have to be pretty desperate to try a puppy or kitten, but gerbils, hamsters, chicks, rabbits.... Those are all foods.
I even have two designated pet rats. They are rats we would fight someone for. They are so sweet and snuggly. They would never be considered food even if we could not find food for a while.
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