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Dakota, nine years ago today. Dakota was almost 3 and I was 29. Dakota hasn't changed much, but I'm different now. I find that time can be really confusing. Nine years isn't really a lot, but somehow it is.

Species in this post: Human Homo sapiens Corn snake Pantherophis guttatus
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Dakota is the only one of my animal roommates who would most likely never snap or bite. But because he's a snake, people are afraid. A 2008 study showed that the sight of a snake silhouette triggers stress in babies as young as 8 to 14 months old. So it's not something learned, but innate. Other studies have confirmed similar reactions in non-human primates. But the stress reaction does not automatically lead to a fear of snakes. As early as the 1980s, it was recognized that rhesus monkeys only react fearfully to snakes after they have observed it in other monkeys. It was an advantage for our ancestors to be able to recognize a snake quickly and react immediately. For one thing, venomous snakes pose a danger, and for another, our ancestors were also natural prey for giant snakes. But Dakota is just a harmless corn snake that strangles its prey.๐Ÿ˜‡

Species in this post: Corn snake Pantherophis guttatus Human Homo sapiens
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Post #775:

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A final prayer whispered as darkness consumes.

(I don't really feed my snake live prey)

Species in this post: Corn snake Pantherophis guttatus House mouse Mus musculus
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โœจ๏ธ Once every five to six weeks it's time for the ultimate skin care routine. Dakota relies on a full body exfoliation. โœจ๏ธ

Species in this post: Corn snake Pantherophis guttatus Human Homo sapiens
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Trust in me, just in me... โœจ
... shut your eyes and trust in me! ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Species in this post: Corn snake Pantherophis guttatus
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Because straight lines are boring โค๏ธ

Species in this post: Corn snake Pantherophis guttatus Human Homo sapiens
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Post #694:

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Dakota's hobbies: Snaking, climbing, digging, hiding.

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Post #681:

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The Shining Serpent.
Many people are fascinated, but also fearful. Snakes have always played a special role for humans. The fear of snakes is innate, babies as young as six months react with stress to snake motifs. It is assumed that this has evolutionary reasons. It makes sense to spot a snake early, as some species are dangerous. Nevertheless, in ancient cultures primarily positive meanings have developed. The snake embodies knowledge and wisdom not only in ancient Greece, Rome or India, but also in Inca mythology and many more. The role as protector and as a connection between the worlds is also found again and again. It is a highly symbolic animal, godlike or with divine attributes. I can well imagine that this inborn fear has contributed significantly to the myth-making. You see this wondrous animal and you automatically feel something. "Where does this feeling come from?" In the past there was no concept of evolution and no scientific connection to instincts as it is possible to understand today. Of course, coupled with the obvious characteristics (kills rodents, legless, skins in one piece) this certainly captures the imagination. We deal with our environment, how we perceive and evaluate it. We recognize patterns and make assumptions. Inevitably we intervene and have to be aware of the consequences in order not to end up harming ourselves. Snakes are important, so are our instincts. But whoever kills a snake takes on a force stronger than oneself. Be it nature, be it God. Only a part of all snake species can be dangerous to humans, but almost any rodent can make you seriously ill. We are somewhere between monkeys playing with sticks and trees growing on our ruins. Snakes have been around for at least 167 million years. Humility.

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I guess you could say Dakota is a bit of a mouse-etarian!๐Ÿ

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Dakota enjoying the โ˜€๏ธ after having two mice the night before. ๐Ÿ˜‹

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