||One year old|
||New York, USA|
pet is a Northern ribbon snake which I named Spitfire. It is from the
northern and central part of the State of Indiana. These snakes have long,
slender bodies that are about 18 to 34 inches in length. They are black with
two yellow stripes that run down the sides of their bodies. When a ribbon
snake breathes, its scales expand, revealing faint white dots on the sides
of its body. Ribbon snakes also have a tongue that helps them find food by
sensing different scents in the air. These snakes eat fish, frogs, and
salamanders found in the areas where they live. They can be found in
southern Ontario, Michigan, southern Maine to New Hampshire, Pennsylvania
and southern Indiana. There are no local laws about keeping my pet Spitfire.
I chose this pet because the employee at the pet store told me that this
snake does not eat much and is easy to take care of. When I first saw
Spitfire, I was amazed at how fast he moved in his cage. Spitfire is very
inexpensive to take care of and it is mostly friendly, except to fish.
Even though Spitfire is easy to keep, many new responsibilities came with
this job. About once a week, I fill a water dish with water and fish. I go
to the pet store with my dad every week to buy food. I enjoy letting
Spitfire out onto my porch so I can play with him and give him exercise.
Spitfire lives in an old fish tank covered with pebbles and wood chips. I
put his tank by the window. I do place a three pound weight on top of the
tank so Spitfire cannot escape, as he is so speedy!.
I enjoy this pet because I love animals, especially reptiles. By taking care
of Spitfire, I learned a lot about this type of snake and also about the
responsibilities of taking care of a pet. Spitfire is a very special pet for me.
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