Today was my first encounter with a boop noodle. For those who don’t know what that is, it is a domesticated snake. It was a beautiful Motley Boa named Domino.
It was Nicole, my partner in crime, who first introduced me to these loving and beautiful creatures.
When the snake handler carefully placed Domino around my neck I got so excited. I was fascinated and mesmerised. She was 2 years old and roughly 1.2 meters (3.9 feet). She was this beautiful grey with a solid black stripe pattern with circular markings running on top of that.
At first, she was a bit tense when she was around my neck, but after about two minutes she knew I wasn’t going to cause her any harm and she started to relax and became curious and inquisitive. It was cute to see her curling around my neck and then around my arm.
I’ve always had a fascination with snakes but never did any further research on them, they just looked interesting and beautiful. But it was Nicole who changed all of that. She has an incredible passion for reptiles, especially snakes, and she opened up her world to me and explained everything she knew about it.
Her favorite quote is, the only difference between fear and beauty is knowledge.
Most people have a big misconception about snakes, especially ones that have been domesticated. They think they are dangerous and only want to harm anything and anyone in their way. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Just like your cute labradors, boop noodles also just want love and affection.
If you don’t have a phobia for snakes, I challenge you to go to your nearest pet store that has snakes and ask them if you could hold one. Ask the person who is assisting you to guide you through the process of holding the snake.
Don’t be tense. Stay calm. Snakes pick up on your attitude/aura. If you are tense, they will also be tense, if you are calm they will also be calm. Depending on the snake, a boa, for example, will hold on to you. Relax it’s not trying to strangle you and eat you for lunch, it is just holding on to you because it doesn’t want to fall off. And that goes for most snakes.
Are there any snake lovers out there? Please feel free to leave a comment.