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  • Shneke earrings, look at the shnekes! Why won't you do what I want you to do?

  • I'm like a werewolf with gel.

  • Hi, guys, it's Em.

  • If you wanna forget about the woes of the world and about your debts,

  • and about the schoolwork that has to be done, and about your spouse who's driving you crazy,

  • Come and join us over here, because it's a lot of fun and we do a lot of learning, too.

  • It's fun. Join us. (whispering) Join us.

  • Today, I want to introduce to you, my girl, Kaa.

  • Now, Kaa is a ball or royal python, depending on where in the world you are.

  • Um, if you're in the states, they tend to call this species of python a ball python,

  • because when they are threatened, they can actually roll into a really tight ball.

  • And if you are in the UK, like where I am, we tend to call them royal pythons.

  • Here on YouTube, I will refer to her as a ball python. So, this is Kaa, my ball python.

  • Let's just clear this up right now.

  • Yes, her name is Kaa. Yes, she is named after the snake in The Jungle Book. No, they're not the same species.

  • It works for her, deal with it.

  • Kaa and I go way, way back. Kaa is now, at least, twelve years old and I've had her for eleven years.

  • Kaa comes into my life when she was rescued by a friend of mine.

  • So, I didn't actually rescue Kaa, Kaa was rescued by someone else and then passed onto me.

  • Um, but the place that she was rescued from was, um, some man's home,

  • who actually won her in a game...who does that?!

  • Who actually decides that a snake, or like another living creature is a prize?

  • I just don't think that animals should be won... I don't know, it just doesn't sit well with me.

  • Does it sit well with you? I don't know, maybe I'm just uber sensitive.

  • Her story, from what I know, because we'll never know the full story, it's just impossible, because, you know

  • this is what I was told by my friend who rescued her.

  • He was told by the guy who actually won her, so this is kinda Chinese whispers, but bare with me.

  • So, Kaa was a prize.

  • And, literally, it would've been, some guy brought this snake to the pub,

  • like, "I don't want this snake anymore," or "This would - like, here! This would make a great prize!

  • Let's just bring a snake to this pub and play cards and see who wins it."

  • I have no idea if they were actually playing cards, or darts, or anything,

  • I'm just gonna assume that they were playing strip poker. There we go.

  • Winning a game of strip poker and a snake is the prize.

  • The guy who actually ended up winning her was not a fan of snakes, but he still accepted her as a prize

  • because he won the game, whatever their game was, um, and he took her home

  • and having no knowledge on how to care for snakes, he put her, shh, he put her in his sink.

  • Like, you know where you wash your dishes, in a sink. And he covered the sink, because he didn't want her to escape,

  • he covered the sink with this heavy atlas, at least that's what I was told, a heavy atlas, big book thing

  • to - so that she wouldn't escape, um, that's why she stayed for a couple of days, then he was like,

  • "Hmm, maybe I might have to feed her, or she might need something, so I should probably find her a home."

  • So this guy managed to track down someone who actually kept snakes, called him and said,

  • "Look, I have won this snake, I don't know what it needs, do you think that you can come and - and pick it up?"

  • So, that's when my friend went over and picked her up and said that she was just in the worst state.

  • I have pictures of how tiny Kaa was when she first came to me, um,

  • I'm gonna try and insert them down here somewhere.

  • So, this that you're looking at would be Kaa, initially, in the first couple of weeks, probably not the first day,

  • but the first couple of weeks that I had her home, she was skin and bone.

  • And she was covered in these little snake mites, um, if you don't know what - about snakes,

  • like, little snake mites, they plague a lot of big breeders, especially out in the states,

  • um, who sell a lot of snakes. They're these tiny little mites, which actually crawl all over snakes,

  • especially around their eyes, if they've got heat pits, like what Kaa has,

  • um, which is like heat detection pits, they go in there and just nibble and suck blood,

  • and if there's a really bad infestation, it can kill your snake, and they're so hard to get rid of so she was covered in snake mites.

  • She had stuck shed and she would not eat.

  • Now, anybody who keeps royal pythons or ball pythons knows that these guys are notoriously picky eaters.

  • It was just not a good time.

  • When Kaa first came to me, I was scared to death that she was gonna die.

  • I got her in September eleven years ago, she did not eat until July the next year.

  • So, September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, that is ten months that she didn't eat!

  • And I don't know how long she went without food before coming to me.

  • Like, who knows if she had food? She wasn't a hatchling, she was still young, so she must have had food at some point

  • but, I just don't know, um, I also didn't know if she was a male or a female.

  • Judging by her size, I thought she was male because she was so small

  • and then when I probed her, it turns out that she's actually female, um, and she is so small for a female royal or ball python,

  • like, she is very, very stunted. This is the size that a healthy ball python should be after like a year and a half or so, not eleven years old,

  • she is so titchy and small, but we love you it's okay.

  • Since she started eating and gaining weight and some size, she has become one of my animal ambassadors,

  • so she would come with me into schools, and we would give talks on exotic pet care and how to look after your snakes and she is so gentle,

  • she has met literally hundreds of people.

  • She's even a snake model, so she's done a bit of modeling for various magazines, um,

  • I do have a really great shot of her, but I have to blur out my previous company's, um, watermark.

  • (camera shutters)

  • She's now wrapping around my neck, not to kill me or anything, but because my neck is warm and - Yeah, hello!

  • And these guys love the warm.

  • They need very specific temperatures in order to thermoregulate, to be healthy, um, so she loves to

  • seek out the warmth. Where are you going, sausage?

  • You're such a banana, come back.

  • You see that little tongue flicker she's doing?

  • Snakes have this forked tongue and what they're doing with that forked tongue is they're kind of tasting the air

  • and along with their heat pits and their eyes, that's kind of how they build a 3D picture of what is around them.

  • They can detect heat, uh, movement, um, vibrations, so that's what she's doing,

  • she's not being rude, she's literally tasting and smelling the air to get a better idea of her surroundings.

  • Have you found me?

  • How's my breath? (exhale)

  • (laughing)

  • Oh my god, my feet are going to sleep! (groan)

  • Honestly, I feel really bad for royal and ball pythons right now, because when they're this color, their sort of "normal" color,

  • which is like the wild color that you would find, um, they are not as popular, now, because everyone is so obsessed

  • with, what we call in the hobby and the reptile community, "morphs".

  • And, because of that, the value of these guys has plummeted to the point where you can pick them up for like $20 as hatchlings.

  • I can appreciate them, but I don't like the ugliness that comes with creating morphs.

  • I know so many people who just buy so many animals and they just breed and breed and breed them to get to the next great paint job.

  • To me, the value of Kaa is her gentle nature, her story, the fact that she has made it through something so horrific

  • and that she, no matter what her color is, does go into schools and she inspires people, she helps people to

  • get over their phobias. That to me is worth more than any color that you could breed in or out of her.

  • Thank you all so much for watching my video, um, if you keep your own snakes, whatever they are, whether that are morphs,

  • or if they are pythons, or boas, or anything else, let me know in the comments down below what you have.

  • If you would like to keep any snakes, what your favorite snakes are, whether you don't like snakes,

  • let's just have a snakey conversation!

  • Or a sssssnakey converssssssation.

  • Ugh.

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  • I post pretty much daily on every platform, it's just a really, really good place to just forget about the woes of the world.

  • Thank you so much for watching, and we will catch you in another video soon! Bye!

Shneke earrings, look at the shnekes! Why won't you do what I want you to do?

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B1 UK snake ball prize royal rescued breed

SHE WAS A PRIZE | MEET MY SNAKE | PET BALL PYTHON

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    Boyeee posted on 2018/03/29
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