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Ode to Killer


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Posted by reuben on May 20, 2003 at 10:54:09:

With the breeding season in full swing and my wife and I impatiently watching our snakes' clutch, we began to remenisce of past newbies and remembered killer. Killer was a normal oketee with bright eyes and a mean bite. He was psychotic. He struck at everything, including his reflection. In addition, he refused to eat. Thanks to killer, I gained experience with every form of feeding trick, from chicken soup to braining, from scenting to force-feeding. When guests would ask the inevitable "do they bite", we could finally answer "well, this one does" and quickly take the lid off killer's cup and watch him spring at my finger. If anything cured me of the jitters when handling young snakes, it was killer. Yes, killer would strike at food items as well, but never hold on. He was hyper and wild to the very end. Eventually after nine months of refusing to eat (nor did I ever actually see him drink) killer passed on. Once a source of frustration and anxiety, the thought of killer brought us some smiles. So raising a glass I say, "here's to killer, and the hope that he remains one of a kind" :)


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