||Two years old|
||Western Hognose Snake|
||Campbell, California, USA|
came to live with me almost two years ago. At that time, she was
about five inches long and thinner than a pencil! Now she is two feet
long and bigger around than my thumb!
Chubby is a wonderful pet. Her small size makes her very easy to take
care of, and she has a very friendly personality. I've read a lot about
how Hognoses will puff up or play dead when people reach close to touch
them, but Chubby has never done either of those things! Her small size
and funny looking nose appeals to people who would normally be afraid of
snakes, so she's a wonderful "snake ambassador" to teach people about
how wonderful they can really be.
Unlike many snakes that spend the majority of their day sleeping in
their favorite hiding spot, Chubby is almost always up and about,
"Burrowing" in her tank (She puts only her head under the sand and
slithers around with the rest of her above the surface!) and climbing
on her sandstone rocks and fake cactus.
For me, she is a never-ending source of smiles. After a hard day at
work, I like nothing better that to sit with her in my lap and a good
book and relax the evening away!