Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Addition

Our long awaited new addition to the family has finally arrived. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Kernel, the Corn Snake (elaphe guttata guttata):

Last fall, M wrote a story for NaNoWriMo, and one of the characters in her story was a corn snake named Kernel. It seemed like a perfect name, so we gave it to our new little fellow.

Kernel is now about two weeks old and was given the green light to come home with us yesterday. How funny it seemed bringing him home in a plastic deli cup, like so much macaroni salad!

As you can see, he isn't much thicker than a pencil, and about twice as long.

Right now, his color is darker, but as he grows he will become a beautiful orange.

He just ate last night (don't ask, unless you really want to know), so we have to let him work at digesting for a couple of days, but later when we can pick him up, I'll try to post more pictures.

Right now, he's settling in and exploring his new home. We're working on getting temps regulated just right and making plans for a baby book. So far, the cats haven't seemed to notice.