Do you like snakes?
If not, you might want to skip this post… there’s a snake in that bag and I’m about to show him to you…
Sadly, he’s not mine… he’s neighbour Krista’s newest addition.
He’s a Banana Pewter Ball Python, and I think he’s just the most beautiful thing. She got him at a reptile expo last weekend and immediately brought him over to show me.
He’s a little more than a year old, and when he’s all stretched out, he’s only about 2 feet long. She said he’ll probably only get to 3 feet long when he’s full grown. Even still, he’s got some fabulous muscles and it’s amazing to feel them constrict and relax as he coils himself around your arm.
He was a little on the cold side, so he was trying to seek out body heat – down Krista’s top was his favourite place to hang out, though you can see him heading for my hip in the above picture.
If you’ve never held a snake, they are not at all slimy. They are actually quite soft. And their markings are hypnotizing. It’s fascinating to watch them move. And they can move surprisingly fast when they want to.
Unlike in the movies, they don’t make slithering sounds when they move. He is absolutely silent! We had set him between on on the couch and got chatting, and when I looked down a few minutes later, I jumped because he was right against my leg and heading for the inside of my couch! I wasn’t scared, I just wasn’t expecting him to be there. He didn’t make a peep!
I know some people will disagree, but I think they are absolutely beautiful, amazing creatures!