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.
I found this little guy hanging on a window the other night. I thought he was kind of cute, so I took a closeup picture of him.
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.