Joel and Roxy's New Friend
Roxanna and I (Joel) have adopted a new pet, and for the time being she will live in our Vancouver classroom, a ball python. This snake was neglected and the picture here doesn't show it, but she is primarily skin and bones (for now) from being chronically underfed by a previous owner. When we first got her she was starving, striking at anything that moved inside or outside the aquarium.
Is it dangerous if it bites you? Keep it away from faces and there is no significant risk. It isn't venomous, it does have teeth, but not fangs. You probably wouldn't need to do much more than wash the bite with soap and water to get it to heal quickly. Snakes sometimes will hold on after biting. If it does this a little hand sanitizer in the corner of its mouth will encourage it let go quickly.
What's the name? Stay tuned, we're working on that.
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