Richie and I don’t have pets like most people have pets. No majestic cats

or lazy dogs.



No, we  have something else. Something more exotic. Meet Lillith.


She’s a ball python, so called because they curl up into a ball anytime they feel insecure or scared or stressed. It’s a defense mechanism.

This is Clutch.

Clutch is a Burmese. Richie has had him for at least ten years. Maybe more. He gave me a good hug there, to make sure he didn’t fall off. I much prefer Lillith, because on those rare occasions that I hold her, she doesn’t move. Neither do I.

We just stand still, each afraid of the other.


Snakes are not conducive to cuddling.


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