Exotic Pet Fair

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.

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.

 

Opossums Are Cool

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.