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    my 3-year anniversary of snake-keeping

    i wanted to make this thread last month, but i forgot.

    September 2014: i just moved into my first apartment in Chicago and was living on my own for the first time since college. no one ever tells you how lonely it can be when you're living on your own; it can be maddening. i quickly began a battle with severe depression and suicidal ideations from the loneliness i felt. i didn't want to be alone. i needed something to come home to; i needed a pet!!!

    i began beating the metaphorical pavement on the information superhighway. i googled every single friggin' pet allowed in the state of illinois and within c(r)ook county limits. eventually i found reptiles, i found snakes, i remembered that one friend on facebook who had a snake, and i remember holding a snake for the first time earlier that year, and then i found this site.

    for about 2 months i researched, researched, bought equipment, and researched. i wanted to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible, because honestly i felt like my life might be on the line. when i was comfortable with my knowledge and set-up, i pulled the trigger on the cheapest albino i could find online (MorphMarket did not exist back then). i even chose a male because they were cheaper. on November 7, 2014, Yellow was home. looking back, i have to accept the fact that this was completely and without-a-doubt an impulse purchase. TBH i wasn't thinking about the snake, just myself. i just needed a pet!!! i was scared! over the years Yellow and i learned a lot about each other: he learned to trust me, and i learned what it means to own a ball python and be a part of the herpetoculture. i made almost every mistake in the book back then, but Yellow and i are better for those mistakes.

    now, over three years later, i can happily say this was the best impulse purchase i've EVER made. i never expected to fall head over heels for this hobby like i have. if you would have told me back then that within 3 years i'd own 5 snakes, i wouldn't believe you. heck, if you told me i'd purchase 4 snakes in 2017 alone i'd think you were insane!!!

    i have learned SO MUCH from this hobby over the years: about myself, about ethics, judgement, laws, education, of course about ball pythons, and other reptiles. i've "met" so many wonderful people online in the community, and i've also gotten to have many great conversations with curious people around me. i feel responsible for more than myself; i feel important. my babies give me enough motivation on the bad days to try and push through.

    these 3 years have been full of failures and successes, milestones and setbacks, happiness, love, and peace. and this hobby wouldn't be much fun without all the wonderful people i've met (you guys are amazing!!!)

    so look at me now! 5 snakes (#6 coming soon), 2 species. i'm proud of myself and the blind leap of faith i took coming into this hobby. here's to many more years for me and my crew. we have big plans ahead of us. thanks for reading!
    2.2 Ball Python
    1.0 2014 Albino (Yellow Lemon Lemongrab)
    0.1 2016 Coral Glow/Banana (Spaghetti Marinara Noodle)

    0.1 2017 Super Cinnamon (Coffee Bean) &
    1.0 2017 Piebald (Pumpkin Pie) &

    ?.? ???? ??????? (incoming)

    1.0 Corn Snake
    1.0 ?? Hypo ("Corny" Cornelius)


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    The best stories have happy endings! Pets can quite literally be life saving, in different ways. But it shows your true humanity that you treasure their relationships so, and give their lives a place of honor in yours. You have a precious family and good on you for being here for those who need you.

    Who is #6???
    1.0 Russian Rat Snake "Bonsai Ramen"

    0.1 Doberman Pinscher "Remy"
    1.0 Siamese "Boudreaux"
    1.0 Bearded Dragon "Nigel"
    0.1 Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula "Charlotte"



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    Awesome story, thanks for sharing!!! Your snakes are lucky you found this awesome hobby. And the forum is lucky to have you as well. Congrats on 3 years!!!!
    ...life is beautiful...

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    Congrats!! You definitely are a valued member of this forum! And so are Yellow and your other four babies!

    I'm glad you've found a hobby that sincerely fulfills you so many people can't say the same. And I'm glad it's snakes!

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    Re: my 3-year anniversary of snake-keeping

    Quote Originally Posted by hilabeans View Post
    The best stories have happy endings! Pets can quite literally be life saving, in different ways. But it shows your true humanity that you treasure their relationships so, and give their lives a place of honor in yours. You have a precious family and good on you for being here for those who need you.

    Who is #6???
    i try very hard to help people on here because others tried to help me when i was a n00b. i wouldn't know what i know now without the knowledge shared here.

    #6 will be revealed in due time.

    Quote Originally Posted by craigafrechette View Post
    Awesome story, thanks for sharing!!! Your snakes are lucky you found this awesome hobby. And the forum is lucky to have you as well. Congrats on 3 years!!!!
    thank you!!! i'm happy the forum seems to like me.
    Quote Originally Posted by savora View Post
    Congrats!! You definitely are a valued member of this forum! And so are Yellow and your other four babies!

    I'm glad you've found a hobby that sincerely fulfills you so many people can't say the same. And I'm glad it's snakes!
    thank you. i feel very lucky to have found this hobby when i did. it has given me so many positive changes in my life and my animals literally mean the world to me.
    2.2 Ball Python
    1.0 2014 Albino (Yellow Lemon Lemongrab)
    0.1 2016 Coral Glow/Banana (Spaghetti Marinara Noodle)

    0.1 2017 Super Cinnamon (Coffee Bean) &
    1.0 2017 Piebald (Pumpkin Pie) &

    ?.? ???? ??????? (incoming)

    1.0 Corn Snake
    1.0 ?? Hypo ("Corny" Cornelius)


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    Re: my 3-year anniversary of snake-keeping

    Quote Originally Posted by tttaylorrr View Post

    #6 will be revealed in due time.

    Oooh, you tease! #anticipation
    1.0 Russian Rat Snake "Bonsai Ramen"

    0.1 Doberman Pinscher "Remy"
    1.0 Siamese "Boudreaux"
    1.0 Bearded Dragon "Nigel"
    0.1 Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula "Charlotte"



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    This is crazy, I thought you'd been keeping snakes for a lot longer than 3 years haha!
    1.0 Normal BP
    1.0 Mainland Reticulated
    0.0 B & W Argentine Tegu
    1.0 High lines Red Tail Boa

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    Re: my 3-year anniversary of snake-keeping

    Quote Originally Posted by dylan815 View Post
    This is crazy, I thought you'd been keeping snakes for a lot longer than 3 years haha!
    hah! nope. compared to others on here i'm still a n00b.
    2.2 Ball Python
    1.0 2014 Albino (Yellow Lemon Lemongrab)
    0.1 2016 Coral Glow/Banana (Spaghetti Marinara Noodle)

    0.1 2017 Super Cinnamon (Coffee Bean) &
    1.0 2017 Piebald (Pumpkin Pie) &

    ?.? ???? ??????? (incoming)

    1.0 Corn Snake
    1.0 ?? Hypo ("Corny" Cornelius)


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    How I got into the hobby:
    I always loved snakes, and never really considered getting a pet one, partly as my (ex) wife was not into it. Well, fast forward to 2014-2015, I am divorced, and living alone, and my oldest daughter wants a pet. I work a lot and don't have the time/space or energy to keep a dog, etc. I told my daughter we can get a very east, low maintenance pet, either a fish or a snake, I told her. She decided on a snake, since we can hold it, and we can't hold a fish.

    So I finally get a ball python, and a couple years later... I'm hooked as you all know.
    1.0 Super Pastel Piebald CHUCK NORRIS
    0.1 Piebald FLAME
    0.1 Araza GODZILLA
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