Once per year our provincial herpetological society holds an expo that's open to the public. There are many reptiles for sale if you'd like to own one, but it also serves as a place to teach people about reptiles, and dispel myths about them, especially snakes, which are the most misunderstood.
This beautiful girl is a black ratsnake, if my memory serves me correctly. Unfortunately, she has some nerve and brain damage from her last owner. They tried to feed her live food but didn't take it out when she didn't eat it and her food fought back. As a result she has some scars along her body, her face is a bit scratched up, she's got nerve damage (mostly on her head), and her noggin is slightly scrambled. The handler was a little worried about me holding her initially because she can be a little spasy from the nerve and brain damage, but we got along just fine. Wasn't worried about me dropping her, was just a little worried I'd freak out on the off chance she'd nip at me if she got too anxious. We chilled out for a solid 20 minutes before she got tired of me and went back to her dad. Guess those of us with damaged noggins must be kindred spirits, regardless of species. I just wanted to take her home, but I don't think my cat, or landlord, would be impressed. .