"Trust in me, just in me; shut your eyes and trust in me; you can sleep safe and sound; knowing I am around". Now where have you heard that before? In Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, of course! It's the lullaby the wily python Kaa sings to Mowgli, hoping to hypnotise him into a slumber so that he might make a midnight snack of lil' jungle boy.
Now, I know that doesn't give snakes a very good reputation, but come on, everybody's got to eat! Ok, maybe humans should be struck off the food chain, and the truth is, very few people have actually fallen prey to large snakes.
It's just that the poor creatures have been given a bad name because they slither on the ground - "You just can't trust an animal that hasn't got legs!", grandpa used to tell me, squinting his wise old eyes.
Of course, there is also this false belief that all snakes are poisonous, and that all of them will gladly bite you just for fun, but those are big fat lies. As Kaa would say, "Trust me!"
My brother Reuben keeps a ball python, and it is one of the most beautiful animals I have ever seen. It is also non poisonous, extremely well behaved and intelligent, although its lullabies still sound like hissing after all these years. We've had sand boas in India, but still prefer pythons because the markings along their backs make them so much prettier.
If you'd like a python for a pet, you have to be willing to take good care of it and respect it like you would any of God's creatures. Just don't get a pet mongoose as well!
- Before you buy your python
- Choosing your pet
- Care and feeding
- A name for your python
- Python trivia
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