The more interaction I have with Pandora, the resident eastern carpet python, the more I become hypnotized by her. There’s just something about her that is inevitably so darn cool.
While many people don’t find her as welcoming as wallabies, I believe her appeal goes far beyond the cuteness that all macropods have. Pandora reminds me of a real woman – powerful yet confident enough not to flaunt it and incredibly demure at times but oh so dangerous.
Each time you hold Pandy, it’s difficult not to fall in love with her. Her physical strength is clear in the way she grasps you when she moves. There is a pulsing of her muscles as she slithers along, a controlled power just beneath the surface that is inspiring.
Her tongue constantly darts out of her mouth as she tests the air and learns about her environment. Who is around her? Who has already left? Is there prey nearby? All of this information is gathered with a few quick flicks of her forked tongue. There is minimal effort involved and yet she is fully aware of her surroundings.
She’s beautiful in her varying shades of green, which would provide excellent camouflage if she were in the wild. Her body is smooth and cool but ripples with each movement. She is elegant but also a silent killer. The contradictions abound and that just makes her even more special.