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Three Incredible Pieces of Living Art!

Posted by The Shammernator at 2/27/2012 12:06:47 AM

Hamburg yesterday was a GREAT show. The crowd was enormous, there was good variety this time, my clay artwork was very well recieved, and best of all, some very special snakes came home with us! Early on in cruising around the show a most stunning snake caught my eye... I've always loved Cape Gophers because when they are nice, they are REALLY NICE and in my opinion, one of the most visually stunning snakes in existence. That's why when I spotted this guy I gobbled him right up! I've passed up plenty of cape's over the years and now I am glad I did because this guy is killer. The real challenge down the road will be finding a female that is equally as stunning. But I'll be patient... for now I will just bask in his awesomeness!

Introducing Chuck Norris




So after buying Chuck (for a mere $65, tell me that wasn't deal of the century) I thought I was done roaming for the day and was very happy with my new snake and was showing him off to the crowd as they passed by my table! He attracted lots of attention.

But then my damned husband had this crazy idea... see he has always known since he met me that my basic goal in life was to eventually own Indigos. There just happened to be a few available at the show and since we live in the same state as the seller, there was no hassle of waiting on acquiring a permit! I always ogle at them but I never actually thought I'd be getting them yet, not for a few years! What made it possible is that Hubby is an apprentice electrician and he gets a LOT of scrap metal. He just happened to have a LOT of cash on him from scrapping metal and lo and behold... he brought up the idea of making an offer on a pair of indigos and he told me if they said yes he would buy me a pair. I couldn't even believe what I was hearing!!! I was so geeked I almost couldn't contain myself from throwing him up against my table and doing unspeakable things to him in front of all those people.

So of course since I am writing this blog it's pretty obvious that the breeder accepted the offer and Eddie handed me a huge wad of cash and I GOT A PAIR OF MOTHER EFFING INDIGOS!!!

Let me tell you there is nothing like your first time holding an indigo. And the experience is ten times more thrilling when you know it's YOUR indigo! I am humbled by their awesomeness... their pride, their intelligence, you can just sense it, these snakes are in a league of their own! I bought all new things for them, cages, even ANOTHER set of tongs (I have so many haha) only for use in feeding those two, and of course hideys, bowls, wood and false plants. Anything for my babies!

Eddie's reasoning for deciding to bring home a pair of indigos, besides knowing just how badly I had always wanted them, was knowing that they will always hold their value and that one day when they are all grown up, any offpsring they produce would hold serious value as well and could help fund further growth of our collection and equipment!(Now don't get me wrong, we sure as hell did not buy indigos because they are worth so much money, but it is a nice bonus to know they are a worthy invenstment BESIDES being the most incredible pet snake there is!)

To be honest I would not care less if they never bred, I'm perfectly happy to bask in their glory, but regardless allow me to introduce Hades, the solid black male and Iris, the red throated female!






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Cynthia Chaplin,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 1:53:13 AM  

I'm basking in your excitement :D I hope one day I'll be in that same giddy postion with indigos! Congratulations!

Bart Sharrah,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 5:48:53 AM  

Congrats on the Indigos.  If there was ever a non-chondro I wanted, that would be it.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 7:53:38 AM  

Congrats on the Indigos!

Where did you get the Gopher from? That's an awesome looking snake - and what a deal!

Angie ,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 8:05:51 AM  

I am so freaking envious of you!  Congratulations!

Indigos are my ultimate dream snake. Yours are gorgeous.

I am in the process of growing my pituophis collection and Cape Gophers are high on my list as well. I would like to know where you got your cape gopher as well and do they have any more? Fantastic finds.

Posted At: 2/27/2012 8:27:07 AM  

That is awesome!  You are so lucky, and look at me, I came up to you all excited about a crested gecko, lol.

Good luck with your future breedings with these guys!

Aaron ,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 8:49:28 AM  

WOW! The title didn't let me down - they are all absolutely stunning, living art for sure - could look at these guys all day long!

craig ,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 10:40:24 AM  

Congrats!! Indigos are on my wish list.


Joe Farah,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 10:45:12 AM  

Well now i hate you... how do you like that?

Aaron Florian,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 11:01:44 AM  

Wow, that's fantastic!
Congratulations on the Holy Grail. :)

Posted At: 2/27/2012 11:03:06 AM  

that gopher snake caught my eye as well. congrats on the beautiful animal

Emily Milton,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 12:20:52 PM  

WOW.  Chuck Norris doesn't even look REAL.  Those colours don't look real.  Damn - nice job all around!

So happy you have your dream snakes!  That's awesome.  

Melanie Bernal ,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 12:39:21 PM  

Sweet pick ups, Shannon!!! Funny...Chris tried his best to get me to name Alias Chuck Norris! 

Jealous of the Indigos...gorgeous!! ...not allowed here! 

Luke Snell: Morelia In Wonderland,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 12:50:12 PM  

Awesome, Shannon, many congrats on those indigos!

The Shammernator ,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 12:53:29 PM  

You are right Emily... his colors really do look fake! The red on him is like this insane firey glowing red (as you can see) and he looks JUST that bright and crazy colored in person! My favorite part on him is where his pattern starts to change and it's a mix of the red and black! He is so pleasing to the eyes I don't even think its legal!

Joe I know damned well you don't hate me! You are just JELLY :P

And there's nothing wrong with being excited over a crested gecko! Before we even looked at indigos I was VERY stoked just over my new gopher snake!!! Monetary value or rarity has nothing to do with how much I like a snake or want to acquire one! hell one of the most exciting purchases I ever made was my red and black banded water snake that I paid $35 for and the guy could not understand why I was literally jumping up and down with excitement!

Kylie (Gargoyle Queen Reptiles),
Posted At: 2/27/2012 1:44:39 PM  

Holy wowzers!!  Great pickups Shannon!  Those snakes are all stunning!

Mystic Exotics ,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 1:46:09 PM  

Congrats on your new additions! I am very happy for you & insanely jealous of those Indigos! They are a dream snake of mine as well!

You'd better post lots of pics of them as they grow up!

Posted At: 2/27/2012 4:09:20 PM  

the Capejust Gopher snake is awesome looking and those indigos are beautifull.Hope you can get some offspring indigos good luck

Joe Farah,
Posted At: 2/27/2012 5:54:23 PM  

super Jel.... :-P

Brie Mejorado,
Posted At: 2/28/2012 2:00:23 AM  

I don't know what's better: the motherload of snakes, or the hilarious 'unspeakable' sentence! I died laughing, congratulations!

Posted At: 2/28/2012 10:05:58 AM  

I'm jealous! The indigos are magnificent!

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 2/28/2012 10:29:11 AM  

You didn't mention where you got that Gopher Snake from - it's just such a beautiful looking one! I wonder if they have others that even come close to comparing? I know someone that would love to add one like that to their collection!

Quan Harper,
Posted At: 2/28/2012 3:10:07 PM  

Awesome pick ups.  Great pictures as well.

Dave Pierson,
Posted At: 2/28/2012 5:17:54 PM  

+1 to jealous.  REALLY JEALOUS.  I have actually considered moving out of FLA just so I could leagally own some.  Funny story, an indigo I caught in my backyard was my first snake as a kid.  He was effing awesome!  Until my parent realized what it was and I had to put him back.  But he lived around our propety for years.  Congratulations!  They are awesome snakes.

Vivian Eleven,
Posted At: 2/28/2012 5:38:40 PM  

Wow.  Just wow.  Those are all *so gorgeous*.  My eyes are popping out of my head and I have nothing useful to say.  But all three of them are so insanely stunning!  I kind of want to be you right now.  And I don't even know you.  I'd never even seen a picture of a Cape Gopher before!  That guy is *amazing*.  That's his adult coloraton, right?  I hope?  And both of those Indigos... I can see why they're the Holy Grail of so much of the snake world.  I mean, I knew they were cool.  But I know a little better now.


In summary: Wow.  Just... wow.

Lauren ,
Posted At: 2/29/2012 8:29:56 AM  

Nice pickups! Indigo snakes are sweeeeet.

Lisa ,
Posted At: 2/29/2012 10:31:40 AM  

They are all STUNNING!!!!!!  

jay v,
Posted At: 2/29/2012 1:49:50 PM  

its not fair... i can remember the first wild indigo i sawn ive wanted one of these beautys ever since florida u suck.

Lillie ,
Posted At: 2/29/2012 1:57:56 PM  

It was nice seeing you at the show and chatting about cape gophers. Major congrats on the indigos!

The Shammernator ,
Posted At: 2/29/2012 2:53:39 PM  
I fed them this morning and they are the MOST entertaining little monsters to watch eat! They were so apprehensive of me at first but the moment they smelled food they turn into different animals! They love their jaws in hyper speed as they eat... Most snakes are like om nom nom and these guys are like HUMNUMNUMNUMNUM! It's so cute!!!! Haha!

Emily Milton,
Posted At: 2/29/2012 3:35:22 PM  

Excellent!  First time feeding was a success :)

The Shammernator ,
Posted At: 2/29/2012 7:43:30 PM  
It was! I almost got eaten by the male though. He felt me touching him and turn around and had no issue starting to snack on my finger. I guess since my finger felt so similar to the mice....

Megan S,
Posted At: 3/2/2012 9:26:02 AM  

Holy CRAP!

That male indigo looks like he was carved from onyx- I LOVE him!

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 3/2/2012 3:17:19 PM  

I think I will echo everyone elses sentiments and say I am so mucklucking jealous of you right now.

The Shammernator ,
Posted At: 3/3/2012 3:41:16 AM  

Jason ,
Posted At: 3/3/2012 9:51:26 AM  

Awesome!!! So jealous of you for those indigos. Now I gotta find someone in state to get me a pair from lol

Posted At: 3/3/2012 1:10:04 PM  

Congrats on all the beautiful new additions. Indigos are such impressive animals, and I'm sure they'll be endless fun.

The Shammernator ,
Posted At: 3/3/2012 1:24:58 PM  
What in te heck happened to my last comment -.-

Thanks SO MUCH everyone!

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