|Jasper the Bullsnake
Jasper is a 5ft (ish) long male bullsnake. He arrived at the
Hollingsworth household about 3 years ago. I received a phone
call from a gentleman who wanted to rehome him, for whatever
reason I can't remember. We arranged a day and time for the
new arrival to be dropped off and left it at that. They day
before the snake was due to turn up we had a family day out.
On return we discovered a tall blue box with the lid flaps
loosely folded and a pillowcase inside that wriggled. We took
the box indoors and opened the pillowcase carefully, just enough
to see what was lurking inside.
The mystery box contained a large yellow, cream and chocolate
rough scaled snake. Closing the pillow case and putting two
and two together we realised the bullsnake had arrived a day
early. Off I went to get some gloves. Bullsnakes have a reputation
of being loud, hissy and aggressive. The gloves were put on
and out of the material emerged an extremely beautiful and
well cared for bullsnake. No hissing, no biting just curiosity.
Jasper was adult when he arrived, and must have been handled
regularly from an early age.
Michael then aged 3 took and instant liking to the snake,
He kept on and on that he was the same colour as a wasp. Hence
the name Jasper. (For us west country lot that's a name for
a wasp. Perhaps it the same around here. I do know terminology
varies, a little west of here tourists are called grockles,
nearer home for me they are referred to as Emmets, the old
fashioned name for ants.)
Michael dotes on his snake. He always wants to take him to
shows and will spend ages in the handling area talking to the
public. Jasper is and old pro at shows now and is just the
right size for the younger kids to handle. He is as slow and
gentle as a python and a lot less wriggly than a cornsnake.
Having the snake at shows has also made Michael quite confident
at talking. He has learnt what it eats where it comes from,
and much to the amazement of one old dear at Newbury it's Latin
name. Pituophus sounds so cute with a six year olds lisp.
Jasper is getting ready for his hibernation now, along with
the other snakes he shares the shed with.
Rehoming is now done through the Searles
John & Angie,
I bet they have a few stories to tell about some of their incoming