I’m just in a salty mood today, so I thought I would talk about some of the really annoying questions that just kind of trigger me a little bit when I get them. Some people say that there are no stupid questions, but I disagree. I think there’s plenty of stupid questions in any field whether it’s reptiles or whatever else exists. But I would say that it’s better to ask those stupid questions than to make these stupid mistakes that you might end up making if you don’t ask those questions, so… Keep the stupid questions coming I guess if you have to but I’d rather you… Think about what you’re asking before you do just so I don’t get annoyed. I’m complaining about people trying to like improve themselves, but I’m gonna make this video anyway. You might understand once I start pulling out some questions. So I’ve been kind of keeping track of what I’ve been asked. Anything that I’m going to mention I’ve been asked at least about a dozen times or more just this year. So like if you asked one of these questions, I swear I’m not targeting you specifically because you have like a whole family of people that has that same dumb question. The first one is oddly common I don’t know why but as an example, they’ll be like “I live in Texas. Here it’s like 110 degrees I’m getting a ball python, so I don’t need a heat mat, right?” or like “I live in this other random city where it’s this hot, which is perfect for this animal so what’s the point in me getting the heat lamp?” The animal is probably going to be inside your house, which after I ask you you’re like, “yeah, it’ll be in my house”, but it’s not the same temperature in your house as it is outside of your house. It’s 30 degrees outside it’s like 75 in here. Unless you’re like have so little money that you don’t have any electricity to which you wouldn’t be able to afford a reptile anyway. Why would your house be the same temperature as it is outside? I don’t understand. But if it’s 115 degrees outside and you have air conditioning on, your snake doesn’t care what the temperature is outside. So that’s the first one that gives you a pretty good example. Even if it was say it was 115 degrees inside your house or 95 degrees even your ball python in that case, you’re gonna have to like cool it down and get a… How do you cool an enclosure down? Get like some fans just for your enclosure to like do the opposite. So if it’s a certain temperature outside… Yeah, you probably still need to regulate your animal’s enclosure. The next one there’s a lot of different kind of variables in it so I’ll just give you an example first. Someone will ask me, “So next week I’m getting a ball python, they’re not poisonous, right?” and basically, they’ll say “I’m getting a blank in this many days, they’re blank right?” I guess it’s good that you’re verifying information, but it’s things like “I’m getting a corn snake in two days, they can eat fish right?” or they’ll be like “I’m getting some different geckos probably next week or something for my birthday so I can keep them like all together, right?” I’m sure that’s fine and where they’ll basically like be pretty sure about something but just in case they’ll ask anyway which is why they’re like asking for reassurance or confirmation that they are correct when sometimes they are like, if it’s something simple but most of the time they’re not. Like there’s impulse buying animals, which is sometimes just hard not to do. Even if you do impulse buy something, hopefully you’ll know something about it or like have an idea of how to care for it and I don’t know where people even get the ideas that you can like feed your corn snake fish or keep your four ball pythons together or whatever it is. So I’m glad you asked but if you’re asking that, then what are the people thinking that don’t ask anything? What do they have going through their mind when they get a ball python? But seriously, the most popular is by far “I’m getting this snake. It’s not poisonous, or It’s not venomous right?” Like you just they know that they’ll probably be fine if they’re gonna get bit but just in case I just want to ask GoHerping just to be sure cuz you know, you don’t want that python poison. Another one. This is not as common, it’s been like maybe three or four times and it’s always this exact two species it’ll either be someone asking can I breed my ball python and corn snake? or “When are my ball python and corn snake gonna produce?” It’s like it’s been a while. There’s genuinely people apparently I’m pretty sure they’re not joking. They seem pretty genuine the way they say it where they either have their ball python and corn snake together or they’re going to put them together and want some extra details on breeding them because they really want those ball python corn snake hybrids. Now as far as I know that is physically impossible for those two. There can be hybrids between some different pythons. My best guess is because they’re the two that are often grouped as like When you’re getting a snake, you want either a ball python or a corn snake because they are the two most popular. So that automatically means they’re like somehow related and you can have Corn… Corn balls. If somebody ever successfully breeds the two it had better be called a cornball or else I’m going to be very angry. Either way, I’m sorry. You can’t breed ball pythons or corn snakes. If you successfully do it, I’ll give you my channel. Why do you feed frozen to your snakes? Now, this is a very broad question but there are always very little specific things that make no sense as to why people ask me. In fact people often get angry at me on just about a weekly basis now that I don’t feed live. I’m a bad owner because I am not giving my snakes live food. Firstly because they’re going to lose their natural instinct of eating. Why is that important? They’re not going anywhere. Even if say my ball python like escaped and he’s outside I want him to survive, right? He needs that instinct. He’s gonna freeze in like a day if he gets out first of all. But second of all an instinct, literally the definition of an instinct is something that you intuitively or inherently have or know. You can’t lose an instinct. That’s not how it works. Even if you did, it doesn’t matter. They’re in captivity. Now yes, animals in captivity if they end up escaping are gonna have all sorts of downsides and problems like their immune system won’t be as strong or they won’t know like how to… do anything. Anybody that’s concerned about their snake losing their natural instinct, I’m gonna be more concerned that they’re thinking about releasing their snake at some point. Because I don’t know why else that would at all be relevant. But that’s not the only reason, another is it’s natural. Why wouldn’t you do it? Like natural is always better. No, I’ve said this like 12, 13 billion times on the channel just because something’s natural doesn’t mean it’s good. That’s why life spans are so much longer in captivity for almost any animal. Seriously, I’ve said that so many times and I’m so tired of saying it but I’m saying it again because I feel like I have to. I don’t put risks outside into my enclosures just because it’s natural, you want to remove the risk because it makes your pets live longer. Next up I don’t… I want to think this one’s a joke, but I don’t think it is, and that’s people that just say frozen food just isn’t as good. I don’t know if you mean like taste good or like healthy good cuz like you had got like a frozen pizza and it’s not as good as the one you made at home, but a frozen mouse or a rat is nutritionally no different than a live mouse or rat. The more you freeze things the more it’ll begin to break down and lose its nutrients and stuff. But freezing it once, anything that’s lost is not worth the risks that go along with feeding live. That argument I have yet to see any evidence of supporting that but it’s an interesting one. And finally It’s just that your snake is a wuss. Most of the time this is a joke. Other times people are like are you seriously just like are your snakes that frail that they can’t eat a live mouse? I just won’t comment on that one. Something else I’m frequently asked is what is impaction? Now this is a perfectly fine question like impaction is not some common word that you hear if you’re new to the community. But it’s the people that ask what impaction is are the people who twelve seconds before were arguing with me that sand is perfect for leopard geckos or bearded dragons. Luckily this isn’t as common as others, but it’s common enough that I feel like I need to mention the fact that if you don’t know what impaction is, please stop arguing for sand. There’s many valid arguments for using sand or using it in mixes with different animals, although I usually avoid it with pretty much anything. There are people that get away with the using it well, but they know what impaction is, they know how it works, and they know steps on avoiding it so I don’t know it just I that one was just kind of funny and sad funny sad sad cringe. When people ask what impaction is well, uh using like twelve gallons of sand. And the last one I’ve had right now. This is like the most innocent one it’s just kind of a fun one I guess and that’s when someone’s like “I’m 11 years old, can I get a corn snake?” or “I’m 12 years old, can I get a leopard gecko?” It’s always it’s always 11 or 12 usually. I don’t know I can’t choose for you. I guess it’s up to you and your parents and… It’s very often though, just look on my most popular video on ball pythons versus corn snakes. Just go through the comments you’ll find everyone asking if their age is allowed to get a certain animal. So I’m glad you’re concerned. Often times the kids are the best at doing the research and verifying information and stuff, so I appreciate you asking but your age does not have anything to do with it. We’ve picked up animals from 50 to 60 of 40 plus year old people that have no idea what they’re doing. I almost guarantee you’re doing better than them. It’s fine. if you’re 11, get that corn snake if you’re ready for it and if your parents okay with it, and if you can afford it. There’s variables, but you can do it I believe in you. But those are like the seven or eight most common dumb questions that I get asked. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a lot of others and I hopefully won’t have to do a part two to this, but it’ll come someday. So if you ask one of these questions, sorry for kind of making fun of you. It’s kind of funny. Thanks for doing your research and for asking questions just… They’re just not always the smartest questions is all. And that’s coming from me somebody that knows nothing about like fish or like look at the things I didn’t know about axolotls or anything. I had so many confusing questions so you can make fun of my dumb questions too. It’s okay. I feel like I should plug something in this video before it ends. Christmas is almost here. If you ordered merchandise and that this design is not available right now, but if you order some other merchandise it might arrive by Christmas, but I can’t guarantee it now. It’s a bit too close, but the designs will be ending in January so you can go ahead and grab it anyway. If it doesn’t arrive by Christmas it should arrive like before the end of the year, so that’s fun. So keep the questions coming, but all I’ve got for this video. So I’m Alex and thanks for watching.