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Serpentine Savior

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By Kellie Parkin

 One way to never forget how to say Basil May's first name: he'll either DAZZLE you or FRAZZLE you with his snake collection.

Basil is a lifelong Bronson resident who recently acquired a new hobby. Snake rescuing, he said, was something of a happenstance.

"I just sort of fell into it about a year and a half ago, when I got Mr. Green Jeans," Basil said.

Having bought Mr. Green Jeans for his daughter, the previous owner was hesitant to handle the snake and regretted his purchase. Basil decided to take in the green tree python to prevent the non-native species from being released into the wild.

"He said it was just a 'look at snake,' but that first day I looked and I handled it," Basil said.

Mr. Green Jeans's previous owner had one stipulation, though. If Basil took the snake, he also had to take the pet tarantula.

"I wasn't very fond of spiders up to that point in my life," Basil said. "But he was actually very tame and gentle." At nine years old, the tarantula died of old age shortly after arriving in Bronson.


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