Loving what others think is "unlovable"
I know a woman named Sherry, who loves snakes (and other reptiles, but snakes first) in the same way that we love our dogs and cats.
She works at APSU, and when she first was introduced to a little snake someone brought in to the office, she didn't like it and was uncomfortable. But the little snake grew on her and she fell in love with it. That was many years and many snakes ago! She and her husband now have dozens and dozens of snakes in their home. Even big pythons!
When I edited the publication Animal Tracks, I did a story on Sherry and her husband Donny. We once went to Nashville to see what was probably the biggest snake in Tennessee, a huge python at the home of another snake lover. That thing had to be 30 feet long and as thick around as a big tree trunk! Sherry and Donny do educational presentations with their babies, often at Dunbar Cave.
While most of us aren't going to have snakes in the place of dogs and cats, we can all use an education on them. Too many people will kill a snake--any snake--when they see one, which is not good!! Snakes prey on a lot of things we don't' want around are house and are important for nature's balance.
Above are pictures of Lucky being born. Sherry says: "This is Lucky B, Blackie’s baby (our 30-year-old ball python), sticking her head out of her egg yesterday morning. I incubated her in a deli cup with damp moss and put it under our water bed. She hatched in 83 days.We’ve named the baby Lucky B because of her horseshoe on the back of her head. She’s a keeper for us. Her mom is 30 years old. Her dad is about 7 years old and she hatched Tuesday night."
I love this! I can just imagine what Pam will say about a snake under HER bed, put there on purpose.
Sherry, if you get to read this, tell us more!
As you all know, my niece had a pet snake, but it was a tiny one. Sherry has to by frozen rabbits and other such things for her big boys and girls!
posted by Sandy at 6/18/2007 10:07:00 AM