The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 10, 1976 · Page 59
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 59

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, December 10, 1976
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Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976 D9 Women Defend Snakes as Good Friends to Mankind f ( "iff IF 1 A A J I i VAVAvAvAvAM i sW I PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - A bone-breaking boa constrictor might not be your idea of neck-ware, but a group of snake fanciers think differently. "Just look at these gorgeous colors and see for yourself," said Etta Parker as she uncoiled a 6-foot female boa known as Bertha from around her neck. Mrs Parker, 42, who works as chief sales clerk for a paint company, and her friend, Grace Harris, 52, are members of the Arizona Herpeto-logical Association and staunch defenders of snakes as genuine friends to mankind. That applies to deadly king cobras, sidewinders, moccasins or just about any species you can think of. Pointing to a tiny sidewinder dozing behind glass, Mrs. Parker said almost maternally, "Isn't he cute?" Mrs. Harris said the herpetology society is dedicated to informing the public about the vital role snakes play in ecology and relieving people of the notion that they are to be feared and scorned. "The fact is that they make fine pets and are cheaper to keep than dogs or cats and much cleaner," said Mrs. Harris. Although a young python or boa may grow as much as 6 or 7 feet in a year, said Mrs. Parker, his diet remains spare to the point of apparent starvation. Mrs. Parker said she feeds her pythons and boas "maybe a mouse or a rat each day, but sometimes they don't even want that. "They can go for weeks and even months without eating and there's no doubling up on rations when they start again," said Mrs. Parker. She said her two children still at home "adore the snakes" and have dubbed one python "Sneaky" after a country music folk song about "Sneaky the Snake." There is a curtained room set aside for what's known as the "Snakepit," Mrs. Parker's house is also home to two dogs and two cats. "The boas are uneasy around the dogs, but we keep them separated and there's no trouble," said Mrs. Parker. She said she did recall hearing about one household where a python wandered out of its glass home and the family cat turned up missing. Asked about their husbands' response to living with a den of reptiles, Mrs. Parker laughed and replied, "We're both divorcees, but the snakes had nothing to do with that." Mrs. Parker said she began collecting snakes, as a hobby 10 years ago when she lived in Houston. "Like most people, I was brought up to hate snakes and used to go out of my way to kill them," she said. "Then a friend got me interested in them and it changed my whole life." Mrs. Harris found her way to the mystique of snake-rearing only 18 months ago, but is equally enthusiastic. "I read everything I could find on snakes, but I learned a lot first hand," she said. OA" ts J- til .---- APWirtphoto Parker (Right) and Grace Harris Handle Pythons and Boa Constrictors Etta jjj " l For Christmas, one of the largest selections of Hummel figurines we've ever had. Like the "Merry Wander", (shown), at our Datura St. store. Smaller selections available in Lake Park and Lake Worth stores. HUMMEL a lVLmV Ci-s The complete collector's guide CT?Wttlt 1'. OCl lOii. III,.. -3' - and illustrated reference. :S?jaSNXVWvr5f Sit .PNd'ilJ 2 I I Ki distinctive pocket I Jl- ll "A accessories ft II jrfi convenience-and style (waOrfO vLLPISl Clulrt Puck .. .$150 J?J10 -95 jfe" SAMSOIMITE CLASSIC Mtc- ATTACHE' ""WfcjSVi ( IT F IT $ 'V "?o 4 fK$" Classic 100 features include 3 wheel combination " . fV: oOlm1 lock, safety latch newly designed to open only $7.49"V' P h when attache" is in "right-side-up" position, light Jrjfifff AT, Aa 'Nl" 01 mW!s weight, strong magnesium frame , plus many more Swi mdSi 3" $5200 6" $56-00 WSm VV ,f MakeChristmas -S 'Js Pmiom X. .Qt? tV J XvJ Delight them with 14 karat gold f'f iv ... tir V - ' SXj' tilled or sterling silver writing if S flH lit So fjf00 rW Jy STAN RITE ALUMINUM EASEL ST500 aluminum easel ideal for student or professional.sturdy, lightweight and portable. ' 3S(3K 3', inch) 3R (3 x 5 inch) 3 x t inch NEGATIVE? rectangular i XW 1 I Hi 57 n t,P, J se"' xy7A 7nifV I Cf I AeiA, J- AIJ Pen or Pencil $15 00 7f'f f llvisiv wA se,$3oo ' - SrT er """" " " jVQ $29.95 Atk about KODAK Color Copyprml Swvica PICKETT DESIGNER I DRAWING TABLE . Mfflll

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