Thank you for the friend request. I'll have to take and post photos of my other snakes. (there are 10 in all)
We have 2 Sonoran Gophersnakes (Chu'a and Stitch), 2 Dumeril's Boas (Latifah & KRS-One), 1 Black Pinesnake (DMX), 1 Ball Python (Leontyne), 2 Kingsnakes (Ed Muskie and Sugar-free) and 1 Sinoloan Milksnake (Diva). We have a thing for naming our snakes after Rappers/singers, unless there's something unusually significant about the individual.
Stitch survived a random attack of ignorance, and was almost hacked in half by a garden hoe, then a colleague of mine stitched him up. Ed Muskie, well, he musks every single time he is picked up. Sugar-free is a Lampropeltis getula splendida, so splendida sounded like Splenda, so it was logical (for us) to name him after rapper Sugar-Free. Leontyne was named after Leontyne Price.
Chu'a, I knew from the beginning that she was going to be an educational animal, so I picked the Hopi word for snake. Here in AZ, Hopi's respect snakes while Navajo (Dine') culture fears them.
Ah shucks...thanks for adding me as a friend...I just wrote a bio in the 'introducing yourself' section...you pry should have read that first!! I notice you do work in medicine. Wow...that is fantastic.
We have had Western Tanagers, Lazuli Buntings, Cedar Waxwings and Red Crossbills all at our fountain at the same time. Jaw droppingly beautiful. As you can pry guess I am a bit of a birder. It drives me crazy that most people just don't pay attention to the world around them. I was in a park last year and pointed out some Western Tanagers (males are yellow bodied with black, yellow and white wings, black and yellow back and red heads) to some passers by. They thought they must have escaped from an exotic pet shop yet they are fairly common.
It is a female Red Crossbill. If you have never seen one they look like they flew too close to the Hanford Nuclear facility. The crossed beak works beautifully for extracting pinon seeds (pine nuts) from pinecones. They are fairly common here in the Northwest foothills and mountains.