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May 25, 2010

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Grendel, the Pet of the Day
Name: Grendel
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Eastern Indigo Snake
Home: Nevada, USA
   Grendel is an incredible pet. Indigo snakes are one of the smartest snakes out there, and Grendel is no exception. He definitely recognizes me apart from other people, and he watches me whenever I am in the room with him. I take him out a lot to enjoy sunshine and tree climbing, but he's also content to sit in my lap and relax for hours. Indigo Snakes are the largest snake that is native to North America. They're very good to have around, as they like to eat rattlesnakes and other harmful creatures. Unfortunately, their friendly nature has put them in danger in the wild. Since they're not afraid of anything, they don't bite people who come across them and pick them up, so many of them have been killed or taken as pets, and now there aren't a lot of wild ones left.

    I've wanted an Indigo snake for years, but they are expensive, rare, and if you can't find one in your state you need a permit to get one. (In some states you have to have a permit no matter what.) I was lucky enough this year to find someone in my state who was trying to find a home for this little guy, and I snatched him up! Because he's big and active, he needs a large enclosure and he uses every inch of it. He is docile and easy to handle, but if he smells food he gets too excited to think! He has tried to eat paper towels while in his excited feeding mode! Grendel is a truly special pet and I look forward to spending many years with him!

Grendel, the Pet of the Day
Grendel, the Pet of the Day

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