Pet sitting had been lots of mammals up to last weekend, but now I’ve entered into the reptile realm! Honestly, it’s freaking cool!!! Welcome to the world of snakes…
Pet Sitting Snakes
Dogs are cute, furry, and fun to play with. They also have accidents once in a while, need lots of socialization, and are the primary reason people call pet sitters like me. So most pet sitters are dog sitters that then decide what other animals that they will watch. And even the dog sitters sometimes avoid certain breeds like Pit Bulls. I didn’t limit my options.
This past weekend, I pet sat for an awesome family with 1 dog, 2 guinea pigs, 3 cats, a fish, and a ball python (Silas). The dog was ADORABLE, the guinea pigs chatted away to each other, the cats like rough head pets, the fish was a fish, and Silas the snake never even moved out of his house. But I had met him up close and personal at the pre-meet. 🙂
The Big One
Then I received a call from a very distraught trucker. If he couldn’t find someone willing to take care of his lavender reticulated python, Sephoria, he’d have to get rid of her…and she has meaning way beyond a normal pet. He and his dad literally hatched her from an egg about a year ago, and his dad passed away since then. 🙁
Okay, so the picture doesn’t do her justice. She’s 10 FEET LONG! I had to at least meet her, right? I really, really wanted to help this guy keep his snake.
I met her yesterday, and it was easy. She’s a tame snake. I just picked her up (well, some of her at a time), let her slither around her room, and then put her up. Later on, she was fed her frozen rabbit for the month, but I couldn’t stay long enough to see her actually eat it since that seems to take hours. No, I will not have to feed her unless there’s an emergency.
I was just hired to visit her weekly while her human is on the road. I’ll be picking her up and making sure her water is clean. I’ll also be throwing crickets into a small aquarium for a tarantula. And here is where some of you will laugh at me – I am doing this about 15 minutes away from me for $25 a visit. I figure the entire trip will take less than 1 hour and I am helping a very sweet man keep his sweet snake.
I do understand that a snake that can grow 10 feet in its first year can be dangerous. I won’t let her wrap completely around me anywhere. I won’t be feeding her, so I won’t be risking food aggression. I learned today that if she ever decides to latch on to me, putting hand disinfectant on my hands and touching her face would make her detach. So there will be disinfectant near me all the time. And when she puts on another few feet, my hubby will be going along with me. He’s always liked snakes anyway. 🙂
So, if you are still reading, is it because you like snakes too? Think I’m a little crazy? Comment away!!! Oh, and if you want to see a picture of her eating, just let me know. 🙂
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