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A Few Pics from Shawn's (Ballophile's) Visit

Posted by Sonja K. at 7/15/2013 4:39:29 PM

This past weekend, Shawn and his lovely wife, Stacy, stopped by for awhile to see my collection in person. I didn't take as many pictures as Shawn and his wife did, but wanted to share some of the ones from my camera.

Of course Olive Oyl HAD to come out to play with Shawn!

And guess where she went... Laughing

And then there was Tyne, one of my male Water Pythons:

(Yes, George, Liasis came out! He saw them all!)

And then Tahoe, my younger male Water Python:

Lola, my adult female Bredl's thought Shawn looked quite sporting in a man-scarf.

Shawn with Tom, my adult male Eastern Blackheaded Python:

Then it was Jack's turn to play.

He didn't look nearly as big when Shawn was holding him as I think he is.

Jack being the sweetie he is, Stacy wanted to hold him, too. I'm not sure if it had anything to do with the comment I made earlier about how there's nothing sexier than a good looking woman with a snake! (Hoped that helped you out, Shawn. Wink)

My Mystic enjoyed some time out as well. She is the mother of Shawn's Boa, Escobar.

And what happened next was the part that left me dumbfounded and a bit speechless, to say the least. You see, as much as I adore my Olive Pythons, I have one girl, Alice, that has been hell on wheels since the day I got her. She is A LOT better than she used to be, but all too often the people I know that are over will make the comment that the only reason she is still here is because she's an Olive. She strikes at the cage front repeatedly. It has got to the point where it doesn't always heal between sheds anymore. Simply, there is no snake I trust less than her because each time I have tried to take her out, when I have to remove some retained shed or eye caps, for instance, she immediately wants to wrap and constrict. Soooo... often I have said, if she doesn't settle down soon, I won't be able to keep her, as a matter of safety. Right now, I can still unwrap her.

Anyway... One of the only few that knows about my dear Alice's temperament is George, and there were jokes made, and it got brought up that maybe Shawn would need to play with Alice when he visited. (HeHeHe... devilish laugh)

One of Shawn's first questions was, "Where's Alice?" He had not been told of her temperament.

As the afternoon went on, Stacy had walked by her cage a few times and Alice greeted her by whacking against the glass and displaying defensive posturing.

She had warned them...

Yet, at the end, Shawn still wanted to get her out. I took a deep breath, grabbed a pair of leather gloves and my hook. I wasn't gonna be a dummy. She flew around the cage a bit, but I was able to grab her and hand her to Shawn... and this is what happened...

She was sweet! She was like Olive Oyl!

I was beyond words... I probably babbled. I couldn't believe it! Apparently she just hates me?!?!

I then said, hand her over, I have no pics of me with her! And Shawn took these:

I can't believe she got so close to my face without doing some damage!

Yep, you can see the amazement on my face - I really couldn't believe how nice she was being. She had never been so well behaved... EVER!

I, of course, enjoyed this tremendously and it actually was very nice for her to dare to prove me wrong / make me out to be a liar in this case.

In the next two, you can see her nose and the damage she does to it... hopefully she will someday cease doing such and it will heal back up well.

I then handed her back to Shawn and captured this smug look on his face. Pretty sure this look was for you, George. Laughing



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Shawn Berg,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 5:15:08 PM  

So ever since I had met Sonja, I had tried to make plans to visit her facility...YES, it is a FACILITY...since we've only been a few hours away. Twice I've had to cancel so I was hoping the third time she wouldn't give up on my and we made it! Best time I have had in a VERY LONG TIME! Every one had a story, and it was downright awesome to see so many of these species in person and to hold them. We figured an hour, maybe an hour and a half...and I think we were there for over two and a half hours. If we didn't have other plans (still nursing the outcome of those "other plans" today) I could have stayed all weekend!

Now Alice. As much as Alice was talked up and made to be so Satanic, I don't know what they were talking about?!? Did Sonja grab the right snake? LOL! I love challenging snakes and have never had an issue with challenging snakes. If you're in this hobby or this industry, you're going to get bit at some point (and I have had my share of getting tagged).  But once out and in my hands, she was just chill as ever. Absolutely loved Alice. And Sonja, she will always have a home if you decide it's time for her to move on...

I have over 110 pictures I need to get through this week, but will post some as soon as I can. All kidding aside, thank you for your hospitality on Saturday. We had an amazing time and can't wait to get back up and wrangle Alice again

And next can throw some tots

Posted At: 7/15/2013 5:17:56 PM  

Awesome pics, I bet that was a lot of fun! Ouch for poor Alice's nose :(

Posted At: 7/15/2013 5:35:18 PM  

Lucky!  I wanna come see Sonja's place!

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 5:36:10 PM  

WTF Sonja you were SUPPOSED to throw tots!!!!!!!

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 5:43:12 PM  

I was going to... I even had him call an hour before he was gonna arrive, I preheated the oven and had the tots on hand, but then he said "we" and I didn't know who all "we" meant - kids and/or wife... and not knowing how much trouble that could bring...

Last time it was gonna be just him... 

I had the oven preheated, but turned it off. I really didn't want to chance causing husband/wife issues. Now that I've met Stacy, I know tots would have been okay. Next time, even though I know it won't be quite the same, there will be tots!

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 5:46:36 PM  

I'm sure getting totted by 2 women would have been the highlight of his life.


Shawn Berg,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 5:46:49 PM  

I felt HORRIBLE! She went and bought me tots...I would have danced.

Shawn Berg,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 5:48:58 PM  

George, you have NO IDEA how much that would have made the entire weekend.

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 5:54:05 PM  

As we discussed Sonja, I think they know what the hell there are doing. While the temp/humidity change did calm Baphomet down, he was still hell on wheels. Stopped tagging me, but still struck and hissed everytime I had to do anything. Until Emily got here. Then it was "Oh look I'm the most loveable creature George has!" Then, I basically get called a pu**y and a liar on FB when the pics go up.

I fell your pain.

Vera Voodoo,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 6:03:25 PM  

Aww, looks like a fun time! Great pictures! :)

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 7:21:12 PM  

Thanks all!

Shawn, you did catch the part about the pole I have in my backyard, too, right?! 

Yes, George, I believe it was part of a ploy on her part... to make me think I might be able to trust her, get me to let down my guard just a tad... and then once alone with me... the gloves will be off and she will execute a greater plan... probably be her chasing me around the room or something.

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 7:29:31 PM  

I want video if that happens.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 7:31:22 PM  

My camera has the option for video. 

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/15/2013 11:49:57 PM  

Did you mean of tots getting thrown or Alice chasing me round the room? I was thinking the first, though both could prove entertaining. 

Ché Kinnard,
Posted At: 7/16/2013 9:02:55 AM  

Hey Sonja, I just got off the phone with Alice. She says she really wants to come live with me. So Sonja I am sure we can make that happen without the lawyers and if you agree then I agree to not ask for snake support. Yes, to reassure you, you will have standard visitation: every other weekend, alternating holidays, your birthday, and mother's day. Now that that is settled, please send her out next Monday.


PS...Beautiful collection

Shawn Berg,
Posted At: 7/16/2013 9:35:08 AM  

@ Sonja: Tetherball pole?!? It'll do!

@ George: If we get video...I'm going to market the hell out of it. Maybe Alice can chase Sonja WHILE tossing tots. I see abest seller there!

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/16/2013 11:22:48 AM  

@ Shawn... Yes. With the ball or not?

I also have a trampoline... After you dance, you could jump for tots, too! Try and catch them in your mouth as we toss them?? What do you think?

@ Che'...  Too funny! Nice to know you and Shawn are both willing to help take care of Alice if the need arises. 

Posted At: 7/16/2013 12:29:26 PM  

But, but, but...I want to play with Sonja's olives! [stifles childish, indignant sob]

Looks like you all had a wonderful time, Alice included. Your Liasis have such great muscle-tone, Sonja--such healthy animals.

I can't wait to see Shawn's pictures, as well.

Shawn Berg,
Posted At: 7/16/2013 1:22:34 PM  

@ Sonja: I am a tot whore so whatever floats your boat, I'll do it for tots

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/16/2013 3:47:55 PM  

You're only a couple states away, David! And, thanks for noticing / commenting on their body shape... I really strive for and take pride in that. Even the thought of verticle lines on my Liasis makes me cringe! ; )

Shawn... HeHeHe... you just gave my imagination permission... 

Shawn Berg,
Posted At: 7/16/2013 5:37:06 PM  

Yes, Sonja. As long as tots are involved...your wish is my command.

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 7/16/2013 5:47:26 PM  

Whoa whoa whoa whoa now. I want my name in the hat for Alice damnit.

Shawn Berg,
Posted At: 7/16/2013 5:51:02 PM  

I already called dibbs. If I die in a freakish accident, I'll will her to you George.

Niki ,
Posted At: 7/16/2013 5:58:54 PM  

That would be an epic custody battle.

Instead of 3 men & a baby, 3 men & a snake!

Posted At: 7/16/2013 6:22:29 PM  

You make a good point, Sonja...

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 7/18/2013 11:52:13 AM  

It looks like much fun was had!

I had a feeling Alice was really a sweetie in disguise...

Emily Milton,
Posted At: 7/21/2013 3:25:02 PM  

I am SO super jealous of you!!!  You visited the house of the master!  Thanks for sharing all of this Sonja :)  I'm so happy Alice was good for you!

Hi Mystic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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