I got into snakes in 1993, when my ex and I found an injured snake in the road. (More accurately, he found it in the road; I wasn’t about to get near the thing!) We put it in a plastic bucket and took it home.
A year or two later, we had 21 snakes, ten or twelve chameleons, and breeding colonies of various chow creatures: mice, tomato hornworms, and giant tropical cockroaches. (Anything worth doing is worth overdoing…) When we split up, I ceded most of the collection to Rob, taking only Isis and Vulcan, of whom I had grown quite fond.
For more information on keeping snakes, see Simon’s Snake Site, a great introductory site for beginners. Snakes are graceful, gentle, beautiful animals, and very low-maintenance pets.
I no longer keep snakes, but this page is dedicated to Isis, Vulcan, Astarte, and Hestia, whom I kept for many years.
Vulcan, Isis's mate, showing off his rainbow iridescence. All pythons and boas have some iridescence, but rainbow boas are particularly bright. (The iridescence results from a natural diffraction grating in the skin--it splits up the light beams into a rainbow, just as in peacock feathers (which are really colorless). Physics in nature!)
Sadly, Vulcan passed on in July 2003--I still miss him.
Hestia, my Dumeril's boa. Dumeril's boas are a ground-dwelling Madagascan boa, one of only three snake species on the island. They have beautiful patterns that resemble a forest floor...but they are desert dwellers in nature.
I bought Hestia at a gem show about a year ago. Well, actually there was a gem show next door, where I was planning to buy beads...
I sold Hestia in mid-2004, as she was outgrowing her cage and I didn't have space for her anymore.