On September 30, 2006, I brought home a new addition to this crazy apartment: Irulan, the
baby ball python. She was about 18 inches long and just as cute as can be. I neglected to ask the breeder
when she had been fed last, so I decided to wait a week before feeding her for the first time (plus, I'd read
it is best to give them a while to adjust to their new home). Turns out ball pythons can be finnicky eaters,
so I brought home two fuzzies (key word for baby mice just big enough to have fur) and crossed my fingers!
And so began the first feeding frenzy.
Step 1: Get empty tank. (Ten gallon, in this case.)
Step 2: Get fuzzies.
Step 3: Get snake.
Step 4: Mix empty tank, fuzzy #1, and snake. Do not stir.
I missed her grabbing the first one. Managed to come back in time for this, though. I had
learned not long before that pythons are constrictors.
I did get to see her nab fuzzy #2, though. Man, she's fast! In the time it took me to flinch,
she had grabbed the fuzzy and wrapped herself around it. Wow.
So now we have How to Eat a Fuzzy.
Step 1: Get fuzzy.
Step 2: Maneuver fuzzy to proper eating position.
Step 3: Find fuzzy head.
Step 4: Begin doing that wacky bendy-head unhinge-jaw thing.
Step 5: Continue wacky bendy-head unhinge-jaw thing.
Step 6: Tilt head back to minimize gulping time.
Don't forget that pesky tail!
*Furby voice* Done!
And if you're still not satisfied, scroll up quickly to see what the reverse process looks like.