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October 14, 2011

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Airo, the Pet of the Day
Name: Airo
Age: Unknown
Gender: Male
Kind: Ball Python
Home: Sacramento, California, USA
   This is my beautiful ball python named Airo! I got him as a Christmas gift from my Uncle in 2002. I got him when he was already three feet long and I don't know much about his previous owner so I do not know how old he really is. Airo is very mellow and of course likes to curl up in his hiding spot in his cage. He has never tried to bite me and feeding him is always entertaining! He got his name Airo from the markings on the side of his belly. You can see in one of the pictures that it looks like "aiRo" on his side (on his other side it looks like there's a turtle).

    My Uncle knew I wanted a snake! On Christmas morning at my Grandma's house, we were all opening gifts. When everyone was done, my Uncle got up and said he had one more gift for me and walked out of the room. He came back with a little suitcase in his hand and plopped it down in front of me. My Uncle is very unpredictable so I was excited and nervous to open it. Inside was this little guy staring at me. I was so excited! (My mom loves him too but I don't think she was as excited that day since my Uncle didn't give her any warning!

    Airo's very curious and when I take him out of the cage he definitely tries to go exploring! I can't put him on the ground or he'll try to run for cover and I'm sure I'll never get him out of hiding places. He has been wrapped around a computer chair pretty tight for a while and then he's almost gotten away from me trying to go down the back of the couch - he's very strong!!

    He definitely knows when it's feeding time! He knows what's in that brown bag when I bring it in the room (a big rat - sorry to the rat lovers). My friends like to come watch feeding time. A lot of people are scared of him but I think he's a gentle giant. My boyfriend's kids (ages five and three) love him and always ask to touch him. They also say that he gives them kisses through the glass when he's roaming around the cage.

    I also forgot to mention that he's now about five feet long ... almost the same size as me! Pictures just don't do him justice.

Airo, the Pet of the Day
Airo, the Pet of the Day

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