||Sacramento, California, USA|
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.
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