Well I’ve enjoyed the helpful activity on here the last week or so, so I figured I should introduce myself. I live in Indianapolis, got my first BP in April from BHB Reptiles’ site, and much like many of you immediately fell in love.
I always loved “creepy crawlies,” as a kid. I spent countless hours outside collecting bugs and spiders and anything I could get my hands on. I think I got in a bit of a rut in and after college where I didn’t have much direction in my life, I just drifted from job to job, and most of my hobbies that sparked curiosity and creativity that I had always loved got replaced by video games and tv…and I really think that affected me negatively. A year ago I had moved to Indianapolis from another state away from my family and not knowing a soul for a new job. It didn’t work out, and I had a really dark few months of not knowing what I was going to do, having no friends around etc. Looking for a spark, I stumbled upon some Ball Python YouTube stuff and after a few weeks I decided to get one and try keeping it. Within days I was completely hooked and wanted to dive in, but more importantly it gave me a kick of motivation to get my sh** together. It was just what I needed. I was motivated and stopped feeling sorry for myself, went out and got a great job and now things are going really well and I love it here. Even something as small and stupid as having a snake to take care of really brought me back and a lot of that creative thinking I had as a kid came with it so it’s been great. I have 5 females now, working on putting my first project together piece by piece, but however far I go with it this hobby will always mean a lot to me because it helped spark me out of a rut I was in for a long time. I’m very thankful and in the 6 months since I’ve spent countless hours pouring through all the material I can find, everything is going great so far and MM has been fantastic. I’ve gotten 3 of my 5 girls off here so far with many more to come.
I know there are people out there who might feel like they don’t “fit in” and may gravitate to a hobby like reptile keeping because it’s something “different.” I think there’s a lot of value in learning to care for something living and just helping people grow their passion for something like this can end up helping other areas of their lives, help them socially, and end up really having a big impact. Also there’s still a negative stigma around reptiles and especially snakes with many people, so for them I want to show them what a great hobby this can be and that snakes can make great pets as well. I’m under no delusions of making a quick buck but I have a 2-4 year plan now…going to try and get there and see what’s next. The possibilities are literally endless.