Savi: People are always scared when they visit my house. I share my house with more than 70 reptiles. They have the potential to be dangerous. Joe: When you grab him from the cage, he will try to take you face off. Savi: I have been bitten actually.
Tony? Michelle: I do worry about her a lot. Joe: The power they have in constricting. Interviewer: Can we get closer?
Savi: Yeah, sure. She’ll bite you so be careful.
Interviewer: For real. Savi: Yeah. My name is Savi Serrot and I share my house with more than 70 reptiles. Come on buddy. Okay you work on that. My largest snake is cookie; she’s an 8 foot Argentine Boa. She’s really beautiful, everybody loves her and she is also really sweet snake. Where are you going? She has never done anything aggressive. I have two Argentine Boas, a Bolivian Boa, Colombian Boa, tree boas, one Python. Tortoises, redfoot tortoises, Sulcattas yeah I’m done. My largest lizard is Onyx he is a black throat monitor, he comes from Africa. He is about 5 feet long, probably 20 pounds, sometimes he sleeps in bed with me. He likes his egg raw. These are for all the little lizards, these little guys. And then these will be for the carnivores, they eat meat. So I’ll give them a mix of stuff too. This is just little fruits and veggies for the guys. It’s good to give them a variety of different fruits and vegetables. They’ll eat thousands of different plants in the wild. So it’s good to mix it up for them. Go get it guys. It costs roughly $350 a month to care for all of my reptiles. Right now she’s in feeding mode, she just thinks I have food for her. Come here. Since she’s a boa constrictor sometimes when they constrict their prey, they squeeze so hard that you can actually hear the bones break. I got my first reptile when I was six years old. I started out with just a few little snakes and my collection grew so much. Michelle: Savi has had a passion for reptiles since she was in diapers. She would pick up lizards, She caught her first snake when she was 2 years old. I watched her do it. Savi: People are always scared when they visit my house. He’s just showing us how big and bad he is. He is a little bit intimidated
so he’s just trying to scare us. I have been bitten actually. I was monitor sitting he just kind of crawled and then he bit me here. He sliced me open pretty good and then I got some stitches and it was fine. Michelle: I do worry about her a lot, especially when she’s out in the everglades catching Burmese pythons. Savi: Hello.
Joe: Hello. I’m here and I brought the python.
Savi: Come in. Michelle: I know how large they are, I know how aggressive they can be and I know how dangerous they can be, but I also know that Savi is well trained and she knows what she’s doing. so there is a fine line. Joe: I’ve been working with Savi for a number of years. Alright Savi this is the python and he is a wild one that tamed down. so when I go to grab him out of his cage he tries to eat me every time. But once he knows that you’re not food, you know he’ll, he’ll let you be. So when he’s in his cage he thinks I’m food all the time. Actually you just go ahead just. So this one is what? 12 feet somewhere around there. Stretch him out.
Savi: Maybe. Joe: So let’s just see what kind of mood he’s in. Yeah, you can go ahead and grab him, but he is so food motivated that when you grab him from the cage, he will try to take your face off. Savi: So he’s pretty good right now.
Joe: Yeah no, no he’s fine now. And the sun will do nothing but wake him up a little bit. Savi is one of those people, her commitment is 24/7. It’s kind of exciting to see the new generation coming up and, and I’m here to help her all along the way. If this were to bite they’re not venomous and it’s going to ruin your day but, but the big concern is this. The power they have in constricting and if she were alone and this thing decided to, to constrict there’s no way her or I or the biggest guy, or girl in the world could ever take this apart. So one of the things I teach is I would never handle any of these snakes alone, there is always, you always should have a tug team member just incase you know that?
Savi: Yes. In the future I really want to travel, I want educate people on reptiles. Teach them that they’re not horrible, ugly creatures coming after you. They’re really intelligent and they deserve our respect. They look like little dragon fruits. All these reptiles is definitely a lot to take care of sometimes. You’re hungry too? I’m going to have food for you right now. But it’s my passion and
I wouldn’t trade it.