All my life I have been an animal lover, and I’ve had a lot of pets over the years. At this time, aside from my cats inside and out, I don’t have as many pets as I used to. I do, however, have a ball python. Ever since I first saw a ball python at an animal show as a young kid, I dreamed of having one. They are docile, solidly built, calm, and so very beautiful! I always think they look a bit like a strange version of a leopard. The colors, the spots, and patterns. Of course, there are ball python morphs that come in every color and pattern imaginable that go for thousands of dollars. Since I am but a lowly starving artist, I was thrilled with the original, affordable, classic color of ball python. After all, looks aren’t everything! Character traits and dispositions of the ball python don’t improve or change with their colors and patterns, so it doesn’t matter. I didn’t want a ball python to show off and amaze people, I just wanted a companion, a gentle, quiet friend. You wouldn’t think that a snake would have personality or be affectionate, but you might be surprised.
This is Elkana. Once upon a time, he was a small little thing, hanging easily from my thumb like coils of rope. The beauty about snakes is that they hold themselves. You don’t generally have to be afraid of them falling, because they have quite a grip, and they know how to hang on.
And here we are, a few years later. He’s nearly full grown now, and doing great.
I’ve always thought that his snout is kind of dog-like. He always likes to get close and study my face. He will come close enough that his tongue will flick my cheek. He is quite outgoing and loves being out of his cage.
Unfortunately, photos can’t capture the depth of his eyes. They are so dark and shiny they are like tiny mirrors.
For the sake of getting better photos of him, I stood before a mirror…and he was quite infatuated with himself.
I like the illusion of there being two snakes. For being a slow-moving creature, he’s rather hard to photograph.
Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend! 🙂