Yesterday, we went to the Exotic Pet Fair in Huntsville, Alabama. We saw all sorts of animals: pigs, birds, hamsters, genie pigs, monkeys, lizards, rabbits, squirrels, frogs, and snakes.
I know it sounds strange to most people, but I have no fear of snakes. I kept asking the venders to let me hold the snakes, so I could get a close up view of them. They are actually kind of cool.
I went biking at Harvest Nature Preserve today and I almost ran over a snake. When I spotted it on the trail, I skidded to a stop to get a better look at it. The little fellow was slithering away as fast as it could, but I still managed to get one good photo.
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.
The snake skin was found in front of my church. I’m pretty sure it’s from a copperhead, which is a poisonous snake.
I bagged the skin, but I haven’t decided what I want to do with it. Any ideas?
I think opossums are cool animals and are often judged to harshly.
- Opossums are marsupials, which makes them a unique animal in North America.
- They are omnivores and prefer to forge for food, so they make great clean up crews.
- They have a powerful immune system. They are even immune to snake venom. You have to admit, that’s a seriously strong immune system.
- They prefer a solitary lifestyle and are nocturnal, which makes them a bit introverted. I’m an introvert too, so I can relate.
- When a opossum is threatened it goes into a shock like state and actually faints. This is an involuntary response, which kind of makes me feel sorry for the opossum. If I fainted every time I got scared, that would be embarrassing.