Student Owns Over 300 Snakes

November 1, 2018

Snakes are amongst the most feared animals in the world, however senior Alyssa Deem is a huge fan of the reptiles.

Deem owns nine snakes, but has over 300 snakes in partnerships with other breeders that trade snakes together for breeding purposes.

“I fell in love with snakes when I was 10-years-old,” Deem said. “I got a corn snake for Christmas and I named it Leo.”

Ever since that Christmas, Deem has had hundreds of snakes, ranging in size, color, length and species. Right now Deem owns three different species of snakes; ball pythons, red tail boa constrictors and king snakes. Deem also owns a wide range of shared breeder snakes including boa constrictors, ball pythons, Burmese pythons, corn snakes, reticulated pythons and anacondas.

“I have even owned some venomous snakes,” Deem said. “The largest snake in my collection is a reticulated python named Jade that is a total of 10-feet-long.”

With the partnerships, Deem has seen snakes with a length of 20 feet, these snakes can weigh up to 250 pounds. The smallest snake Deem currently owns is a juvenile Mexican black kingsnake named Echo, right now he is only 8 inches but will grow to become 5 feet in length. The latest snake in Deem’s collection is a baby piebald ball python named Khaleesi which she got 3 months ago.

While Deem’s parents were apprehensive at first, they now own two snakes of their own. Her parents only allowed her to have them because they knew the snakes made her happy. Over the years they have come to love them. One this for sure is Deem is passionate about snakes. She likes snakes because she believes that they are one of the most misunderstood animals ever.

“People see them as being slimy and creepy, but they’re actually very sweet and have their own personalities. They also come in So many different species and within those species are different morphs too, so there’s many to choose from,” Deem said. “They are simply incredible creatures to keep and learn from, and I deeply enjoy using them and my knowledge to teach more people how great they really are.”

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