Ari (@ariawesomeness) [similar]

The king of anacondas himself! SPEAK for those who CANNOT speak for themselves. Showing the TRUTH about these misunderstood animals. Taken 💛

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An albino ball python I got to hold 😄
*not my snake*

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Last unposted picture of Vivian I have....I miss her so much. She would hang out with me just like my other girls do and no I didn't mind that she was a rattlesnake. She passed away from what I now believe is some sort of tumor she had from birth...no vets within 300 miles would help us. I'm still mad about it. We all really miss her 😔 I know if I would have made that 400 mile drive she would've died in transport, and I think her dying in the comfort of her enclosure as she did was much nicer...as I said, she was very weak.

I have her in deep freeze until I figure out what to do next with her body...maybe a simple burial or maybe some sort of preservation, I don't know yet. Raising the new members of the venom crew is keeping my hands full and my mind off of it. I keep thinking of how lovely it's going to be seeing Veronica, Victoria, Valery and Vanessa grow into awesome 3ft adults.

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Annie: "One boop is all you can get away with"

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Jakk: "This is MY turf"

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Ana: "When you are your own safety rope"

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Cali: "What exactly is 'camera focus'?"

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Allie: "It pays to be spoiled 😉"

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Val: "Flagship ambassador of the venom crew 💪🏻💉"

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Amy: "Victoria?"
Ver: "Nope it's me"
Amy: "Best not be making another escape"

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It's crazy to think about how much blood, sweat and years, yes years, I've put into these anacondas. Looking at us from the outside you don't see all the daily water changes, the meal prep, the routine vet checkups, all the enrichment time (and time I spend with them not taking pictures). It's a lot of stuff, but I love every bit of it. I see so many people thinking of animals as their initial purchase price, but that's like basically nothing compared to the time, effort and yes even money you're going to put into that animal over the years. Granted a corn snake is cheaper to maintain than a retic, but you get my point. That's why these aren't animals with a value, they're irreplaceable family to me that I've put my soul into.

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Not my hognose but here's something for #freehandlefriday
Can you guys imagine Valery or Vanessa this big 😍
Of course, there's a right way to get your animals to adult size (proper size meals) and a wrong way (powerfeeding). Always do what's best for the animal!

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Allie: "Smell that?"
Ana: "Smell what?"
Allie: "Halloween spirit"

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Jakk: "Watch out guys it's a live feeding"

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A day in the life 👌🏻

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Cali: "Huh? Is that..? Oh yesssss"

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Freeroaming is tons of fun! But it is definetly not a replacement for a proper enclosure! My girls are out with me most of the time but do also get time in their enclosures!

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Val: "Would you be so kind as to hand feed me?"
Van: "Hey I ate too! Check the last two pics for my food lump"

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Annie: "Mellow"
Allie: "Yellow"
Amy: "20"
Ana: "17"

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Dual garters 👌🏻
Happy chomp day for the venom crew

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Omg more adorable fan art from @snoodlethenoodle
They drew me as a green but it still thoroughly warms my charcoal heart 🖤🖤🖤
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