Most of my usual readers (all six of them) aren't too much into the slithery things that have recently entered my life, to wit:
these scaly little beasties. Say hi to Slither and Sarah. They're baby Kenyan Sand boas, and are 5 and 4 months old respectively. Slither, a male, will reach 2 feet max as an adult. Females on the other hand, like Sarah, can grow up to 3 feet in length and have significantly more "heft" (girth) for purposes of reproduction.
Anyway, two relatively small, colorful* snakes. Shouldn't be too much for people, right? Well, that may be the case (and I don't want to sell my readers short), but we're taking things a bit further now.
Also entering the picture would be Scales
both of whom are baby ball pythons and will be coming home to join us the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Can we say snakefest, boys and girls? I thought we could!
So. I figured my regular readers (bless them) would appreciate not being assaulted by pictures of my snakes every time the little critters manage to twist themselves into a pretty pattern or something; hence the new blog. Also, I kind of have a feeling that reading my description of their eating habits might be a bit disquieting for those who didn't sign on to hear me refer to mousicles (which are the pre-killed frozen rodents currently occupying the bottom bin in my garage freezer); or for that matter, people who could have happily lived their entire lives without ever knowing what a mousicle is.
Hang on, kids. It's gonna be a heck of a ride.
* Color-wise, Slither is an anery which means he lacks the orange/ red pigment erythrin. Sarah's coloration is normal, but she's a Dodoma cross which means half of her genetics come from a snake with a bloodline from the Dodoma valley of Tanzania. Sand boas from that region tend to have almost patternless heads, more crisp patterns, and develop less "speckling" as they age, so we'll see how she develops.