Saturday, December 12, 2009

Camera Critters # 88 - Reticulated Python



I was at Plum Creek Park this Summer and the people told me of a rescue snake being shown.

I went over to take a look and hopefully get some photos.


The handler was very co-operative and let me get in close for photos.


It was a beautiful Reticulated Python that had been abandoned. It would have never made it through our Ohio Winters. They were using it as a teaching tool to teach the proper handling and care of these large snakes.

You can see a lot of critters above.

31 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the snake. I am happy to hear it was rescued.

allhorsestuff said...

EEEEU! Though it is truuuue, I dislike snakes..that was COOOOL!
The last photo was really nice with his eye!
I do feel for the wilder pets that should NOT be sold..for the folks that are not savvy and do what they did to this creature.
So glad it got rescued!
KK

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Nice shots! I am thankful that my son has always loved all things nature, especially reptiles and amphibians. He actually kept a number of snakes and geckos and volunteered at our local museum, where he worked in the encounter center and was either the or one of the youngest participants in "Sunday Afternoon with the Scientists". He did educational presentations and talks like the guy in your post. He also went to a few classrooms to talk, too.

Anyway, because of him, I do not overly fear or hate snakes. I do stay away from them when I see them, though. It really bothers me when people automatically kill a snake when they see one.

Warren Baker said...

He's a beauty FG!

Johnny Nutcase said...

i love snakes, and this guy sure is a cool one. i hate that people 'let go' of their pets in the wild...especially non native species, so i'm happy to hear this guy was rescued!

Martha in PA said...

Crazy, people buy things like that not realizing how by they will get. Thanks for sharing!

My CC

chubskulit said...

I wouldn't dare hold that!

Did you ever ride a carabao?

Esther Garvi said...

What a beautiful reptile!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It's great to see people take care of these critters,so they can live.Nice pictures.
Blessings,Ruth

Jenn Jilks said...

Beautiful shots. I have great issues with showing these critters, but we must have respect for them. Well done.

Michele J said...

I'm so fascinated by these critters but only if they are small enough to handle... these are terrific photos.
Your blog header is amazing.
I have a lot of catching up to do...
I missed you, I have been thinking so much about you and your family.

Hugs and kisses, please be well.
I have updated my other blog...

MJ

Darla said...

GROSS!!

SJ said...

the snake is beautiful

A smile from SJ =)

George said...

You got some great pictures of the python, but I think I would prefer meeting up with some of the beautiful clouds you captured in the post below. Great job on both posts.

Tammie Lee said...

such a gorgeous critter!

wenn said...

nice but i wouldn't dare to go near it..

Lawstude said...

that is a dangerous beauty if ever i saw one.

Jama said...

I just got back from the zoo, and saw a reticulated pyhton there, it's huge! I think I just stay from a distance watching the snakes....

Jack and Joann said...

FG, in my humble and very biase opinion no gosh darn snake is beautiful. Ugly, ugly, ugly. Scarry, scarry, scarry! As ugly as a tattoo on a baby.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

For those who hate snakes, the world would be quite different if they weren't around. We'd have an overpopulation of insects and rodents, for one thing.

Fishing Guy, I hope you don't mind I came back and said this. I'm not trying to cause a heated debate or anything, but just wanted to come to the defense of the critters.

Peace,
Sue

Carolyn Ford said...

Beautiful! It irritates me to death that these creatures are taken out of the wild! The reactions caught in these comments are quite interesting! Wow!

storyteller said...

What MARVELOUS photos of this python ... reminds me of folks who used to bring reptiles and snakes to my classroom for a visit! Thanks for sharing ;-)
Hugs and blessings,
My Camera Critters

SquirrelQueen said...

Such a handsome fellow, I am glad to hear he was rescued. I too get very angry when hearing about people who basically throw away pets because they were too much trouble for them.

These beautiful creatures have an important place in our world and deserve our respect.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow It's amazing!
Thanks so much for sharing there wonderful pictures and fabulous "close up"!
Did you feel fear about it?
I would feel for sure! :)
purrs and love
your friend
Luna ( We love LUNA ) and mommy Léia ( your fan!She is very impressed with your header picture!Adorable friend!)

Dirkjogt said...

Nice, you didn't let him crawl on your arm? :-)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

OH MY! How sad that someone abandoned it.

Craver Vii said...

You know what? That snake has a pretty face. I mean it. And the eye is in such sharp focus, I can see the background.

Tipper said...

Yikes-sad that it was deserted.

Twisted Fencepost said...

I worked at a pet shop for a very short time a couple of years ago. They had a very large reticulated python behind glass. I did not go anywhere near that snake.
Great shots, though, FG. Not sure I'd get that close myself.

Mary said...

Creepy, but great photos!

Misty Dawn said...

Ohhhh he's absolutely gorgeous! I'm so glad he was rescued!

Psssst - I really like the Mallard header photo, and this little contest you and your friends have going is really neat!