I have a confession to make: When I say that I love animals, what I really mean is that I love mammals. Warm fuzzy bodies give me warm fuzzy feelings in a way that scales and feathers do not. While I don't actively dislike birds, fish and reptiles, I'm not particularly drawn to them either.
Another confession: I'm not a big fan of snakes. I'm not irrational about it, but I can't say that I was delighted when the Paloose-a-Party moved into the snake room.
I found a spot in the corner with Jane Schneider and the little snake, Eden.
As we hung out and talked, I started to feel more and more comfortable around the snakes. Inspired by little Russell O'Keefe's bravery...
I even found myself posing solo with Crusher!
It's safe to say that snake ownership is not in my future. That said, I'd be happy to spend more time with Eden and Crusher. And... it has occurred to me that snakes might be the best saddle critters of all. After all, I'm pretty sure Crusher could wear every single saddle in my collection all at the same time. Wouldn't that be awesome?