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August 19, 1999

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Medusa, the Pet of the Day
Name: Medusa
Age: Three years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Ball Python (Python regius)
Home: Idaho, USA
   My wife Donna and I first saw Medusa at a local pet store. She was a beautiful baby ball python with wide eyes the color of copper. Needless to say, we instantly fell head over heels in love with her. But the store informed us that they had obtained her two months earlier and that she had refused to eat the entire time. Ball pythons are notorious for long fasting periods that can result in the death of the snake if they do not come around. We took her home and found that she was infested with ticks and had a very nasty disposition. We carefully removed the ticks and tried to get her to eat and tolerate our presence with complete failure. The fasting continued and she struck at any movement near her tank. We tried every trick in the book. Six months later, in April, she suddenly began eating enthusiastically! Not only that, almost overnight she stopped striking and could be held easily and without a second thought to a bite! All in all, she went over ten months without food yet experienced minimal weight loss... what an admirable animal the snake. Well two and a half years and 31 snakes later, Medusa is a healthy young python with beautiful colors and a charming demeanor. She loves to climb, swim, and sleep with style and grace and as you can see even laid four healthy eggs at an early age despite the hunger strike. All four hatched on Mother's Day this year and are healthy and eating well... and are almost as beautiful as their mother. Our collection is quite large now, and includes many exotic and beautiful snakes, all with a distinct personality. But none compare to that amazing python that beat the odds on Mother's Day.

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