or more about the snakes.
Now, I'm sure I've lost a few of you already with a start like that, but Becca wanted to hear more about the snakes my husband mentioned in my last post.
As you most likely know by now, several of the males in my family are quite enthusiastic about reptiles. If this is news to you, you can read more here, here, here, here, or here. (The last one's my favorite.) But yes, Becca, he also has a menagerie of pet snakes. So this morning I took my camera over to his shop where he keeps his slithery pals for a brief photo shoot. You'll have to excuse the poor quality of these photos but he only had a minute and snakes move more than yarn.
These are male boa constrictors...
And this is one of his female boas.
Ain't she a beaut?!
When the time is right, she gets a visit from one of the males. If they hit it off, they hang out together for a while... Ken sets the mood with some dim lighting and soft music... and 100 or so days later... baby boas. Did you know that boas don't lay eggs, but instead give birth to 10 - 20 squirming little replicas? If all goes well, and unfortunately the snakes aren't nearly as reliable as you'd think, he can then sell the babies for a practical fortune. Or so I've heard.
Behind him you can see one of the several, uh, cages he has in his office. He has a pretty decent variety including one rattlesnake that he caught and is going to relocate. But she hasn't been too happy about her current living conditions, nor does she seem to like people oddly enough, so I couldn't take a picture of her.
Did you know you can buy and sell snakes over the internet and that Fed Ex will actually transport them? Yep, really! Just like buying yarn. Almost.
This next one is a bit more rare...
It's an albino boa...
and I'm betting I could knit an entire outfit out of Noro for what this gal cost.