Experience 2015: Corn Snake!

Snake in HandOkay, granted he is a small snake.

Granted he was handed to me by a trained naturalist.

Granted I knew he wouldn’t bite


I still, for the first time in my life, held a snake!

His name is Ricky. (Lucy escaped, never to be found again.)

He’s a corn snake, and he lives in the enviromental building at the Bald Head Island Conservancy.

Here are my three thoughts on holding the snake:

  • This item is now off my bucket list. Although if holding a snake is on my bucket list, it makes me wonder if my bucket list needs revising.
  • I like that I stepped up, and in an instant, gathered the courage to do something that’s scary to me. Hope I can do more scary things.
  • Ricky didn’t feel like I expected he would. There was not a hint of slime, and he seemed solid, as if he were happy and confident in his own snake self.

I don’t think I’d be brave enough to reach my hand into Ricky’s cage and pick him up myself. The road to snake handler, for me, would be a long, terrifying one. But I’m now, for the first time in my life, thinking sweet, fond thoughts about a snake. Thanks, Ricky! (And thanks to Emily, our excellent tour guide).

What about you? Is snake handling on your bucket list or are you already a pro?

Want to learn more about corn snakes? Sure you do! Here’s some info from the National Zoo.

Check out this theory on why many humans fear snakes.

16 thoughts on “Experience 2015: Corn Snake!”

  1. Not in my bucket list but being braver is! Thanks for a reminder that bravery at this time of our lives is an important goal


  2. Go, Barbara! Funny but true about possibly revising your bucket list; maybe we should all look at ours every once in a while to see if it needs tweaking.


  3. Hiya Barbara!!! (I’m playing catch-up on my blog reading, lol). I first saw this pic on KERF!!! Good for you. I first held a snake about 12 years ago at an exhibition at the local science center. My daughters were both too scared to even touch it. It was a coral snake and so beautiful. My grandson had a ball python last year, but it got sick and died. I absolutely LOVE snakes. Thanks for posting the great pic. Have a great weekend!!! Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com


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