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Saturday, May 16, 2009

My Little Snake Charmer

Here we go again with those snakes! My daughter has looked forward to this day since last years event. I find it fascinating that a little 5-year old who has a phobia of bees loves snakes; go figure.

She's very excited to be holding a mole kingsnake in the photo below.

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This was one of those interesting displays at the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival last weekend. This particular display was set up by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). Each year they bring two or three snakes (non-poisonous) out for display and allow individuals to touch and handle them if they dare.

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These are captive snakes and obviously accustomed to being handled, so don't try this at home!! HA HA!

Here she is holding a cornsnake.

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I personally think it's great that she likes snakes. There're fascinating creatures. I've explained to her that these are tame, and NOT to ever approach a snake in the wild without an adult.

Now, if I could only cure her fear of bugs...

Click the thumbnail below to check out more camera critters.

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12 comments:

Karen said...

WOW !!! She is one brave little girl .... much braver than me, that's for sure..

I can deal with bugs ... but snakes ... well, that's a different matter !!! :-)

Karen said...

BTW... she is a little cutie :-)

Joy said...

What a darling girl - those blond curls! And that smile. I didn't even notice the snakes, I was too busy being charmed by her! :o)

Sue said...

That's great that she isn't afraid to hold the snakes. Great shots. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

What a sweetie she is and brave too! Glad she likes snakes. (I love snakes but have never been too keen on insects either!)

Snap said...

I love snakes, too. Everyone thinks they'll be slimy ... not true! She's a beautiful little girl.

Sally in WA said...

She's definitely braver than me!

Les said...

That sure is fascinating that she likes snakes so much. There are some really great kid's books about snakes that have good photographs and information without dumbing the topic down or making the snakes "cute". (There are some good bug books too, but it sounds like she may not enjoy those as much)

Moria said...

A fellow nature lover already.. awesome! Snakes are very cool, and so helpful in the environment. They get a bad rap, so I'm glad to see your daughter enjoys them. Thanks for sharing Alan!

dAwN said...

Oh gee...I missed seeing that beautiful little snake loving girl of yours! darn it!

Valeriannah said...

She is adorable! That is one gorgeous corn snake too.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Your daughter is super cute! Love the curls--they make me miss my daughter's ringlets which she eventually grew out of. (I'm not sure why.) It's very cool that your daughter was eager to hold the snakes. I'm not sure I could be so brave. And I think it was very wise of you to explain that these were tamed snakes and to be careful of snakes in the wild. Have a great weekend!