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by Nefertiti (Ann Lucus)

A few months ago I decided to learn to Belly Dance with a snake! I am always looking for ways to enhance my performance and leave a memorable impression. I can assure you that dancing with a snake will do this and you will make more money! The public will pay to see something perceived as dangerous and exotic. Furthermore, I am a dedicated pet enthusiast. Since I have lived with all types of pets, I thought one more pet would be no problem.

My next step was to do a little research on my soon to be new dance partner. I checked the Belly Dance Web Ring and found a web site about belly dancing with snakes. I contacted the owner, Lynette. I know I talked her ears off. She was really great and a offered a lot of support to me.

After speaking with Lynette and doing some more research on the Internet, I decided I wanted to dance with a Boa Constrictor. They seemed to be docile and most importantly, they will cling to you when you dance. I checked the Internet again and found the International Reptile Breeder's Association. The association was having their convention in Las Vegas. I thought to myself, "Here I go again. I will be the only woman there and certainly the only Belly Dancer at this convention" but little did I know this would work to my advantage!

I was excited as well as a little nervous. I have never held a snake before let alone danced with one. As I checked out each vendor and saw the snakes up close and very personal, I started thinking, "Can I really do this?" Then I came across a vendor called San Diego Reptile and explained that I am a Belly Dancer and wanted to purchase a snake as my dance partner. The owners thought the idea was great and made me an offer I couldn't refuse. If I came back to the convention the next day in costume, and danced with one of their snakes I could get a snake from them at a discounted rate. I thought, "Great, I'll get to dance at a major convention in Las Vegas, get some publicity and get a new pet and partner." What Belly Dancer could refuse that!

I came back the next day, in costume, with my music. The moment of truth was at hand, could I do this? I thought, "Go for it!" I felt privileged to dance with a rather large but friendly snake. It was great! I walked around and danced very carefully with the snake. I received some local press coverage as well as an interview with a national reptile magazine, "Vivarium". I thought that this was another great experience to tell my grandchildren one day.

I am now the proud owner of a Red-tail Boa Constrictor whose name is Farouk. He is living like a king in my spare room, away from his curious big brother and sisters, namely my cats. I have also just purchased a female Boa named Scheherezade. Yes, a relationship with snakes can become addicting. I truly enjoy them. We are awaiting the birth of their baby brother.

When I am not dancing with my snakes, they assist me in my magic act. So for me, my snakes are a great asset to my magic routine as well. They'll probably want union wages next.

I would only recommend getting a snake only if you're a pet lover and will respect it as such. You have to remember this is a living creature and not a stage prop. Snakes can live for twenty years so please remember that, caring for your snake can be a long time commitment.

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