So I've gone and done it this time.
Earlier this fall, our neighbor brought over a couple baby garter snakes he nearly ran over with the mower to show the boys while they were all
playing in the yard. Ours took a liking to them, and being the idiot I am, I told kiddo that if he really liked them that much, we had some empty
smaller aquariums that we could keep them in for the winter.
I figured that garter snakes are generally greedy little pigs, not really bitey, and would make an excellent learning took for the six months they'd
stay with us. It was very similar to something I'd done with a pair of rat snakes back in college, and I'd thought it would be no sweat to keep
Yeah ... about that. For some reason, I couldn't get them started off on anything, and we ended up letting them go so they didn't die on us. But
kiddo was crushed.
So ... about two weeks after that, we ended up at the local reptile store and home with a baby Cali kingsnake. Husband and I discussed it, and kiddo
was about the right age to have a small pet of his own (with supervision and help) and snakes are low maintenance in terms of cage work and feeding so
the elbow grease demands would be low. I am not at all bothered by snakes (odd, I know), so I had no trouble with the idea of getting him started on
how to care for and handle his reptile properly.
And now we've added a Cali kingsnake to our family. Kiddo calls him King ... 'cause he's a kingsnake, 'duh! I call him Severus Snake because as a
baby, he's a defensive, bitey little git. This is causing issues because so far, I have more luck holding him without getting tagged. It's not that
it hurts; he's far too small. It's just that it hurts kiddo's feelings. It's *his* snake, and he gets bit but mom doesn't. Ergo, the snake,
who's never going to *like* anyone, likes mom more than him. He hasn't learned that mom just has more experience with snakes and can read them
Making progress though. Today, I got him to handle the stinker without getting bit for the first time. Kiddo is learning. He better because that snake
will have to go to college with him!