Whatcha Reading?

[I’m not botherin’ ya, am I huh? Am I huh? Am I huh?]

“This is Sven, a three month old super friendly (and intrusive) Colombian Red Tail Boa.” -Victoria C.



  1. Awww! This reminds me so much of my boa Floyd. He liked to hook his chin around the book you were reading to use as a “foothold”. Or your eyeglasses. Or the breakable vase on the side table. Or, well, everything.

  2. My Red Tail Boa, Elaine, was also very curious and wanted to be in the middle of whatever I was doing. She frequently acted as a bookmark when I was reading by stretching across the pages.

  3. kallisto73 says:

    His name is “Sven”???? That is just so cute!

  4. kallisto73 says:

    I am curious: Did Floyd roam around free in your home? How did you find him when you needed to?

  5. UGH! I am not a snake enthusiast: may those of you who are be blessed for seeing the cute in all creatures. 🙂 Ugh. Must go scrub eyeballs with a toothbrush. 😉

  6. Oooohhh! She’s reading In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen. Pretty appropriate I think.

  7. Blue Footed Booby says:

    When they get big enough that’s not really a problem. Do a google image search for “julius the snake”

  8. Heavens to Betsy, no. Floyd had a knack for finding his way into places from which it was almost impossible to remove him. If we’d let him roam free, he would have found his way into the wall or something.

    Also, toward the end of his life, when he weighed over 25 pounds, he was living with a geriatric cat. It was kind of important that the two of them never make one another’s acquaintance.

  9. Blue Footed Booby says:

    I find myself imagining your words spoken by your avatar, which made “heavens to betsy” *hysterical.*

  10. You can’t judge a book by its cobra.

  11. Everything about ALL of that was adorable. 😉

  12. Interesting, this is the second person talking about this species. Are they more social, generally speaking, than other herps?

    This is a matter of degree of course. There is only so much you can expect of reptiles. I love ’em but I don’t expect to be loved back. 😉

  13. It really is!
    My three Degus are named: Hans, Sven and Ollie. This is the source of endless amusement for me. 😉

  14. HA! 😉 Nice.

  15. It took me awhile to realize that my red tail boa, Cleopatra, wasn’t able to love me back. But she had a veritable paradise while she lived with me (gave her back to the pet store when she got bigger and started escaping from her cage. The cats hated her).

  16. well, I myself draw the line at spiders

  17. Victoria, Mom to 3 Rats says:

    Cute little McSnakersons. Snakes are such interesting creatures. I love them but I don’t think I could ever have one for a pet (for obvious reasons) unless I got an egg eater or something.

  18. A friend of mine named his two snakes Manfred and Dieter. I love the names! 🙂

  19. When my hair was longer and working around the house, I used to have my hair in a ponytail…our Sammy, used to go around under my hair and come up through the ponytail and sit with his head on top of my head He was young…but he would be on top of my head all day!!! People just don’t understand how sweet they can be!!!

  20. Red-tailed boas are certainly more gentle and mellow than other sorts of snakes (especially pythons). Maybe all boas are, but I’ve only ever had a red-tailed boa.

    It’s true that they aren’t really lovey the way that cats and dogs are, but my boa was certainly more comfortable with me than he was with other people. And you could always count on him for a hug.

  21. Here’s my beloved first snake, Shermy the corn snake, enjoying my braid. http://snoopysnake.com/snakes/shermedusa.jpg

  22. Very cute!