And we’re back with a new Rescue of the Week! Sorry this series has been a little lacking – we could always use some more stories though to help build it up! This week I’m super excited to show off our first non-mammal rescue: Pepper the Dumeril’s Boa! Her story comes from my best friend – thanks, Lee!
Rescue of the Week: Meet Pepper!
Rescue’s Name: Pepper
Species/Breed: Dumeril’s Boa
How did your rescue come to be in your life?
Pepper came to me while I was interning at the Denver Zoo. I’d only been there a couple of weeks, when my supervisor had asked me if I wanted an adult Dumeril’s boa. Now, up until that point, I had only ever kept small constrictors, and while I’ve always been happy to help out a snake in need, I was more than a little intimidated by the prospect of a snake that was over five feet long, weighed fifteen pounds, and ate rabbits every other week. But, by a spectacularly lucky combination of circumstances, I was able to find space for her in my tiny apartment, and after just a few minutes of handling her, I knew that I wanted her to be a part of my life. I don’t know much about her life before I adopted her, but I am immensely glad that I decided to take this lovely girl into my home. Pepper isn’t the first or last reptile that I’ve rescued (all too often, people view cold-blooded animals like snakes, spiders and fish as disposable, and I’d certainly recommend that anyone looking to get a pet reptile check out adoption before buying from a commercial breeder or dealer) but she is the only pet that I have who’s literally a zoo animal. 🙂 And that makes her very special to me.
Tell us more about your rescue kid:
Pepper is definitely one of the biggest snake challenges that I’ve ever taken on. She’s very relaxed in her cage and eats and sheds well, but when she’s out, she is always determined to shove herself into the most inaccessible and incomprehensible place possible. She once broke my printer trying to crawl through the paper tray … She’s a little shy of people, sudden movements startle her, and she’s certainly not the girl I’ll introduce you to if you have a snake phobia. But she’s also incredibly gentle, and one of the most beautiful examples of her species that I’ve ever seen (Of course, I may be a little biased…)
(Oh, and if you’re thinking of dumping your pet reptile at the zoo, on the basis that it’ll be taken care of, just like Pepper was … well, unfortunately, she was a a very lucky break. Zoos across the country receive thousands of unwanted animals every year, and they don’t have the space to care for them. The very, very lucky ones are referred to local shelters, or otherwise rehomed. The vast majority are simply humanely euthanized, because zoos, especially those in the business of conservation, don’t have the resources, space or time to take care of unwanted pets.)
Your name: A. Jaszlics
Where you and your pet can be found on the internet: Worm Salad