A fully-grown boa constrictor, that is?
I'm still excited!
Uncle Boris came to take us food-hunting as usual, and he had his son, Benji, with him this morning. Benji is a rooster (I call teenage boys 'roosters' and teenage girls 'hens'). Benji is 18, an older rooster.
Uncle Russian likes to let Benji drive so that he can bark out orders at him.
Anyway, we went shopping for food and returned. Bill asked if Benji wouldn't mind driving to a local pet store so that I could buy some treats for our birds.
Off we went. On the drive to the pet store, Benji started to talk about how much he likes snakes and various reptiles, and I like them as well...blah, blah.
We got to the store, and I suggested to Benji that we go the lower floor where the reptiles and fish are, "just to look".
We spent about half an hour there! The guy who is in charge of the reptiles was very nice, and he brought out a fully-grown boa constrictor after we admired her, especially Benji. I admitted to the salesperson that I'd never touched a snake in my life, but always liked them.
(I later remembered playing with garter snakes when I was a kid, but what kid hasn't done that?)
That snake was just incredible. I had no idea that the skin would have the texture that hers had. She was cool and felt like the softest leather. I always imagined that a snake would feel dry to the touch, but that isn't the case at all.
She was just gorgeous. I held her for a while until Benji took her, and did she ever like him! She coiled around him, and even looped her tail through the belt loop of his jeans!
He wants to adopt her. Seriously. I don't blame him; I loved her, too.
The employee in charge of the reptiles showed us a large python behind glass. "I won't bring him out; he's angry," he remarked.
I saw a spider behind glass called a "Rosy". It appeared as if the spider had hair on its legs rather than fur. Our friendly employee told us that this spider, when agitated, could 'fling' hairs at people, and the the hairs are encrusted with venom. He claimed that if one of those hairs hit a person's eye, it would blind the person. Hard to believe. I will google it, though.
Each to his own, I'd much rather have the gorgeous boa than the spider.
I saw some very sweet little lizards, too. If I didn't have birds, my very favourite animals, I'd probably go the reptile route...after dogs, that is.
Holding that beautiful large boa just made my whole day!
Is anyone here a reptile owner?