The 21-year-old veterinary nurse is an owner to 16 snakes who slither around her home.
Scary, right? Merely out of love for the reptiles, Zee proudly owns Boas and Pythons. Her love for the cold-blooded species goes back to 7 years when Zee was 14 years of age. Zee along with her brother split up the cost to buy a snake she saw at the pet shop. And there’s where it all began.
She says the majestic 16-foot Burmese python, a boa constrictor, royal python, and a blood python are her favourites amongst all.
“I have been bitten almost every week,” she said. “It depends on the bite and the severity of it. With a feeding bite, for example, alcohol is the best way of getting a snake off you if they’re not letting go, or putting their heads underwater. If it’s a small snake, just wait. They’re going to let go of it at some point. When it’s a touch and release, I like to call them love taps, I just clean off the wound and get on with whatever I’m doing.”
Snakes are not out to kill you; they aren’t out to get you. They do tend to be extremely nervous animals, she added.
“My favourite animal would be my big girl, Scarlet, my Burmese python. She’s my absolute pride and joy. I actually struggle to pick her up by myself so it’s usually a two-man job to deal with her.” Zee is often accompanied by her mum who wasn’t a fan of snakes earlier but is used to her daughter’s pets now.