Yay, Mris's grandpa!
(If Tam gets turned into a rat, please don't let him have a naked, worm-like tail. Only hairless rats have naked tails.)
(Have you seen The Incredibles? If so, you want the no-capes voice for that.)
They feel like plants, is what they feel like! Nice green shoots, smooth, cool (unless sun-warmed).
Well, they're smooth if you pet them the right direction. Otherwise a little scaly, like a duck with his feathers neatly dovetailed.
Wife has been trying to persuade people for *ages* that snakes aren't slimy. Has, on occasion, gotten the squeamish to touch examples . . .
Snakes are beautiful creatures. I can attest they're not slimy at all.
I must point out that, should Tam be turned into a serpent in the middle of a muddy crossroads during a midnight thunderstorm, as happens in some variants, he would quickly become slimy.
You know, just sayin'.
Not a muddy crossroads! A hockey rink.
Hmm, then being a cold blooded snake would be a great disadvantage. I guess that's why she then turned him into a firebrand.
The Queen of Elphan is so kind and considerate.
Indeed, the sluggishness is a great advantage when you don't want the snake to be able to smoosh you all that quickly while you try to save his life.
To the extent that I am creeped out by snakes, it's because of the weird muscularity of their bodies; you can feel them gripping you if they wind around your arm.
2010-05-19 02:04 pm (UTC)
They're certainly very unlike other creatures I've handled!
Poisonous ones bug me; nothing that small should be that dangerous. But I don't live where I encounter them in the wild (and I know that it's mostly very easy to avoid getting bit if you don't make the basic mistakes, and that mostly it's not fatal with US snakes, etc.).
They're amazing predators. Watching a corn snake take a feeder mouse is really something. Not slow, oh no.
Snakes are so awesome. Someday I will have one.
A college friend of mine had a ball python (yes, in the dorm, illicitly). When he was just a little snakelet, he became Very, Very Ill, and the vet told her that he needed to be kept warm at all times or he would die. She did not trust her roommate or her tank lights, so she put him in her bra and went on about her day. Every so often he would put his head up and look around.
So she went to a lecture, and she sat at the back, and she noticed that every so often the professor was staring at her, taking his glasses off, wiping them, and putting them on again. After class he looked as though he was going to come up and talk to her, so she vanished, because she didn't want anyone official to find out about the illegal snake. (Of course every student who was around her much or in her dorm knew.)
The next semester a small delegation of that professor's then-current students came and thanked her, as the professor was apparently a much nicer man since he had publicly and vocally given up drinking after hallucinating a snake in a student's cleavage.
The snake got better and for as long as I knew him he went straight down the shirt of every woman who ever picked him up, which is a lot less possible for a seven-foot python, but still kind of doable. Some people minded this more than others. I never cared much, as he was a friendly and intelligent sort of snake, and I still miss having him around.
ha! ha! OMFG. This is awesome.
Ha! Good story!
I bought my first snake -- an amelanistic cornsake
whom I named Eve
-- this past winter and I absolutely
recommend it. You have experience with snakes, clearly, so you probably know this already, but for anyone else reading, I will say: The startup is kind of expensive (but then again, I'm a poor student, so maybe it was just expensive for me
) and getting everything set up just right is complicated, but once it's done, they pretty much take care of themselves and you can feed them for a year with a single $60 purchase of frozen mice. And they're just so incredibly cool. Really, really recommend it. Seriously. GO TRY SNAKES. They are awesome.Edited at 2010-05-19 05:40 am (UTC)
2010-05-19 02:08 pm (UTC)
Lydy's corn snake wouldn't take frozen mice no matter how she waved them around; had to be live. Lots of articles talking about how to train them to take the dead ones, but there do seem to be a number of snakes that just won't.
Best ball python story ever.
2010-05-19 02:06 pm (UTC)
Love the story. Very amusing, and good, that it actually did some good beyond the snake, too.
That is a marvelous story.
I wonder how we would even find out how long snakes remember things. I mean, asking them, obviously. But how does one phrase the question.
It would involve a fair amount of hissing, I'd imagine. Or possibly some sort of fiddly snake-brain scanning device.
Snakes are very un-slimy.
When I was in college I worked as a docent for the local zoo (Como), and one of the things I did was handle snakes in the open houses. The snakes were really cool, and people really liked them with a bit of education.