I got Aakash in February 2007.  Our guess is that she was 6 months old at the time. 

She was so cute when I got her!  So small and new and interesting.  Ball Pythons, I have found, make really great pets.  They’re easy to clean up after, don’t cost very much to feed, and don’t demand or need very much attention.  Simply change their water once a day and hold them 10-15 minutes a day.  She’s never attempted to bite me or anyone that I know.  And, she’ll only grow to be 5 feet so she’ll never be TOO BIG to ever be any sort of threat to us or our cat.

A day or two after I got her found me struggling to come up with a name for her.  At the time, we thought she was a he.  I was watching Aladdin with my roommate Alyssa and we looked over at the cage during one of the songs and found Aakash reared up and rocking back and forth like she was dancing.  She did this again later when I was watching my favorite Bollywood movie, Dil Chahta Hai.  She really only dances to middle Eastern/Indian music so I decided she needed a name to suite her tastes.  Aakash is the name of one of the characters on Dil Chahta hai.

Xan and I moved to Iceland after we got married for his school and we weren’t able to take her with us.  Iceland has VERY strict animal importation laws since they are an isolated island.  No reptiles allowed, basically.  I was able to leave her with my friend who had originally inspired me to get Aakash.  THANK YOU EMILY!

I couldn’t believe how big she had gotten when we got back.  She was tripled her size last I had her!  My nephew Timmy LOVED her!  We shipped her to Ithaca, New York, upgraded her 20 gallon tank to a 50 gallon tank, and still enjoy having her.

One thing you do need to be careful about with Ball Pythons is that they are NOTORIOUS for trying to escape.  They just like to get out to explore the world outside their cage.  Her best escape was on April 26, 2010.  Xan woke me up at 8:30 am saying, “You need to help me find Aakash.  She got out again.”  We searched high and low.  We emptied bookcases and looked underneath.  We emptied boxes after boxes in closets.  It was our cat Toad who finally found her.  It was around 10:00 am and we were sitting in the office and had locked Toad in with us.  After a while of poking around cautiously, he starts clawing at the water heater vents on the floor boards.  I looked down where his focus was and lo and behold, there was Aakash, wedged towards the back and definitely out of reach.  12 hours later, she finally crawled out and we were able to put her back in her cage, and are now using 6 bricks on top her cage.


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