If ever a snake was loved by a bunch of skate boarding, death metal reviewing, Dear Dick Head authors, it was Kah the ball python, SLUG Magazine’s mascot. Unfortunately, Kah, a rescued snake, died of a chronic disease this past spring, so this post will serve as a tribute to his memory. And just to get it out of the way, since I know you are wondering, Kah, like other ball pythons (called this because they like to curl up in a ball) subsisted on a diet of ”rats and mice, either live, pre-killed, or frozen-thawed,” according to Wikipedia. Despite this distasteful menu, he was a lovely snake, and I used to love to go visit him at SLUG headquarters.
Kah’s hot mamma and primary care taker, Angela Brown (SLUG’s editor-in-chief) says that animal services gets an alarming amount of reptiles, and this is where Kah came from. Here is Kah’s story in Angela’s own words:
Kah helped me get over my shyness towards snakes. Snakes can be very intimidating (until you get to know them) and having my own was a great way for me to overcome my previous misconceptions about snakes and reptiles in general. Becoming Kah’s caretaker became a cool metaphor for me for overcoming other mental barriers in my life.
Kah’s was a loving and friendly snake that adored being held and creeping around a room. He was a very good snake for kids to hold and in my 12 years of being his mama he only struck at me once after I tried to hold him right after he was fed, a snake owner’s no no. Kah loved to travel outside of his normal environment. He was easy to transport in a pillowcase (snakes don’t like to see when they travel, it scares them) and I took him to several photo shoots and to an elementary school for show and tell.
He was a great pet and I was very sad when I found out earlier this year that Kah was suffering from Inclusion Body Disease, a viral infection that can lay dormant for years. Once it rears its ugly head, the disease causes severe weight loss and attacks the central nervous system. It was very sad to watch Kah go through this as there is no current cure. Kah died in April of this year. I buried him on the property of the house I own. He has a tombstone made of granite with his name on it.
I wasn’t aware that there were so many homeless reptiles, so I looked into it. According to reptilerescue.com
Reptiles have become the disposable pet of the decade. Often, when the animals are no longer wanted they become neglected. Some may be dropped off and left for dead at veterinarian offices, others, after owners realize their adult reptile is not worth anything, may be dropped off at a pet shelter or pet shop.
Angela wanted to use this post to make more people aware of the Ching Farm in Herriman, Utah. The farm is home to over 200 rescued animals, most of whom spend their entire lives at the sanctuary. The animals are obtained from feedlots, auctions, research labs, overburdened shelters and anywhere else help is needed. Ching’s rescues are primarily farm animals, who should not be eaten up, because if you treat them like a pet, they will form the same emotional bond with you a dog or cat would.
And while I’ve got you, I hope you will check out November’s SLUG Magazine, including an article on the Ching Farm. Also, check out this month’s SLUG Localized featuring Marinade on Friday Nov. 12 at Urban Lounge for only $5.