Michael Harry solves your daily dilem­mas

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AQI re­cently moved into a share house and the es­tab­lished flat­mates have de­cided they want to get a pet snake. I am ter­ri­fied! Can I put my foot down or should I just move out? AE, Millswood. Snakes ex­ist along­side birds, spi­ders, rats, rab­bits, ger­bils, fer­rets, ham­sters, frogs, bugs and pigs as species that should be eaten or ex­ter­mi­nated, not put in a glass box. Don’t tell me keep­ing rep­tiles is com­pa­ra­ble to a dog or a cat. What af­fec­tion or in­ter­ac­tion is up for grabs? I com­pletely un­der­stand you baulk­ing at the prospect. Imag­ine wan­der­ing down the pitch-black hall for a 3am glass of Coola cor­dial and crash­ing into this crea­ture’s nest?! Oops. Or open­ing the freezer to jazz up some McCain gar­den veg­eta­bles only to have a rigid mouse clat­ter out in a zi­plock bag? Yummy. If your flat­mates pro­ceed to house this blood­sucker, you best move out. But then, there’s ev­ery chance we are both just pussies.

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