Visiting Pate Farm

I went to Mobile, Alabama, last week to see my cousin Becca graduate with her nursing degree.

While I was there, I was able to visit her farm.  Becca has a potbellied pig named Penelope.  The pig was a bit grouchy, but I did get to pet her for a little while.  Her hair is really bristly and tough.  It hurts if you pet her against the fur.

Becca also had a donkey named Timothy.  The donkey was a bit nervous, but friendly.  I was able to pet and hand feed the donkey.  However, he ran away when I laughed.

In the house Becca has an aquarium with an albino frog.  The frog was under water, so I decided to reach into the aquarium and touch the frog.  It jumped so fast that it scared me.  I jerked my hand out of the aquarium and screamed like a little girl.  Becca thought the whole thing was funny, but it was a little embarrassing.

I had a great time visiting Pate Farm.

 

Holding a Snake

I was wondering what it would be like to hold a snake.  I went to Animal Trax in Madison, Alabama, because they specialize in reptiles.

I talked with the store clerk about why someone would want to have a pet snake.  They don’t interact with their owners much and they just seem to hang out in their cages all day.  The clerk gave me a list of reasons, but I still don’t see the attraction.

She let me hold an adult Ball Python, because they tend to be docile.  The first thing I noticed was the skin felt smooth and soft.  The snake is also strong and muscular.  I could feel the muscles contracting and relaxing as the snake wrapped around my hand and started to slide up my arm.

I thanked the store clerk, bought some dog treats, and headed home.  It was an interesting experience.