Animal Communication with Snape
By Hector Medina and Snake(s)

Started on: 06/04/13 11:22:35
Medium: Visual

For this week I returned to Hopeís apartment and talked to her housemate, Christine, who has a snake. It is a young, one year old, bald python named Snape. He is very small, around 2 feet long. It had just finished shedding, so his scales looked glossy. Snape lives in a glass enclosure that has a branch, water bowl, large rock and a creepy plastic doll. She says that thereís a heating pad under the rock for when he is cold. He also goes into the water bowl to cool off during hot days. She mentioned she got him because she was told they make great first pets, like gold fish but a step up.
She told me everything she knew about snakes and Snapeís personality and habits. She said that they like being in dark places. They also absorb heat and retain it when they are coiled, which he was. She thought it was okay for us to hold him since our body heat will relax him. Itís not that Iím scared of snakes, but the way it reacted when Christina tried to get him was not a good sign. She told me he is such a flighty animal, and just gets surprised easily. I told her to just leave him be. She chuckled and told me thatís what she does all the time. He just lives. She said she got over him. She thought it was better than a fish but yet it doesnít do anything. She said he is just throwing away money, feeding something she doesnít feel connected to. He is usually still during the day since itís nocturnal, so itís even less interesting. He seems to not attach to humans. It has no feelings and it just crawls around, nothing fascinating.
I asked her what are some aspects about him that are fairly interesting. She told me some stories. One was the day she didnít find Snape in his cage. She saw that the lid was open and he wasnít inside. She looked around and found him behind a printer that was on the desk besides his tank. She knew that she would have to put something heavy on top of the screen top so he cannot escape again. Another story was during the time she fed him live mice. She said one day she fed him a mouse and that they got into a small fight. Apparently the mouse bit Snape and made him bleed. Snape simply constricted around him and ate him. Another time was again when she fed him a live mouse. Apparently Snape was in a hunger strike or befriended the mouse because the mouse lived to the next day and even slept close to the snake. Eventually instincts came in and it was devoured too.
For this week I returned to Hopeís apartment and talked to her housemate, Christine, who has a snake. It is a young, one year old, bald python named Snape. He is very small, around 2 feet long. It had just finished shedding, so his scales looked glossy. Snape lives in a glass enclosure that has a branch, water bowl, large rock and a creepy plastic doll. She says that thereís a heating pad under the rock for when he is cold. He also goes into the water bowl to cool off during hot days. She mentioned she got him because she was told they make great first pets, like gold fish but a step up.
She told me everything she knew about snakes and Snapeís personality and habits. She said that they like being in dark places. They also absorb heat and retain it when they are coiled, which he was. She thought it was okay for us to hold him since our body heat will relax him. Itís not that Iím scared of snakes, but the way it reacted when Christina tried to get him was not a good sign. She told me he is such a flighty animal, and just gets surprised easily. I told her to just leave him be. She chuckled and told me thatís what she does all the time. He just lives. She said she got over him. She thought it was better than a fish but yet it doesnít do anything. She said he is just throwing away money, feeding something she doesnít feel connected to. He is usually still during the day since itís nocturnal, so itís even less interesting. He seems to not attach to humans. It has no feelings and it just crawls around, nothing fascinating.
I asked her what are some aspects about him that are fairly interesting. She told me some stories. One was the day she didnít find Snape in his cage. She saw that the lid was open and he wasnít inside. She looked around and found him behind a printer that was on the desk besides his tank. She knew that she would have to put something heavy on top of the screen top so he cannot escape again. Another story was during the time she fed him live mice. She said one day she fed him a mouse and that they got into a small fight. Apparently the mouse bit Snape and made him bleed. Snape simply constricted around him and ate him. Another time was again when she fed him a live mouse. Apparently Snape was in a hunger strike or befriended the mouse because the mouse lived to the next day and even slept close to the snake. Eventually instincts came in and it was devoured too.
I was interested in the snake but not as a collaborator. His dead skin was interesting, but more of an inspiration. Hopefully I find an animal that is more active and wants to collaborate soon.
I was interested in the snake but not as a collaborator. His dead skin was interesting, but more of an inspiration. Hopefully I find an animal that is more active and wants to collaborate soon.


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