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Monty by WildDogChild Monty by WildDogChild
Long story ahead....

So. At the Toledo Zoo, there is a Burmese python volunteers get out almost every Sunday named Monty. (Funny, no?) He's 14' long, weighs about 100 lbs., is pure muscle, and can bite and wrap in the blink of an eye. Despite his menacing and "creepy" looks, he's a sweetheart as long as he doesn't feel threatened or there's no food around. Monty is turning 29 on Thursday and I had the INSANE urge to draw him as a person. Since I'm a complete sucker for gentle giants, I made him one.

EXPLANATION OF FEATURES

1. He's 14' tall because that's how long he is in real life. Male Burmese pythons get to be about 15-16 feet long while the larger females can be 18-20 feet.

3. Rectangular face because of his block-shaped head. All snakes have a special organ called a Jacobson's Organ, which allows them to gather scent molecules on their tongue and tell which directon a scent is coming from.

2. He has messy brown hair due to his markings. (He's got a bedhead from sleeping a lot.)

3. A camouflauge sweater because of his markings. Burmese pythons blend in with dead leaves on the forest floor.

4. Sleepy brown eyes because of his chill attitude. Burmese pythons are very relaxed and calm snakes, so long as they don't feel threatened.

5. Strong arms and broad build due to the fact that he's a powerfully built snake. Burmese pythons are NOT venomous. They constrict their prey.

6. A bit of pudge to emphasize how soft he is. No snake is ever slimy and are quite smooth and soft to the touch.

(The person is his handler, Gary. I am not trained to handle Monty yet, though I hope to in the future!)

Photo and Art (c) ~WildDogChild
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Ginger-Seat Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Is 29 very old for a snake? :?

Also, cool picture! :iconawesomeplz: Will we be seeing more of Monty in the future, or is he a one-time-only thing?
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WildDogChild Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Actually, Burmese pythons can live about 35-40 years.
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Ginger-Seat Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
So he's middle aged? Or still young?
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WildDogChild Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Yeah, I'd say he's middle aged.

And yes, I will be using him more.
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Ginger-Seat Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Cool and Yay! :boogie:
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Tuiteyfruity Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
you volunteer at your zoo? AWESOME! Zoos are some of the greatest places! my friend who volunteers at ours had her birthday party there, it was so much fun! gave me the idea to throw my party at the place I volunteer, the local Space and Science Center/Observatory.
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WildDogChild Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Ooh! Which zoo is near you?
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Tuiteyfruity Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
the oakland zoo
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kuroitenshi13 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aha, there he is~
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WildDogChild Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Yep yep. ^^
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