September 24, 2009
A Special Kind of Snake

Surely you didn’t expect me to keep this one all to myself:

…Greene, who lives outside Shelton, suffers from epilepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by unprovoked and reoccurring seizures. He said the snake, its reddish-brown body draped around him like a necktie when he’s out in public, senses when a seizure is imminent and gives him a light squeeze. The warning gives him enough time to take medication to head off the attack, alert someone it’s coming or move to an area where the thrashing is not disruptive.

Greene blacks out during these episodes, but his wife, Karen, said the snake’s warning has headed off about a half-dozen seizures in Redrock’s five months with Greene. This month, Greene has had four seizures at night – she refuses to let the boa constrictor share their bed – but none during the day…

Greene said he removes the snake when given a warning and hands him to his wife or another companion. Redrock has never exhibited aggressive behavior toward him or other residents, he said.

“It takes a special kind of snake to be a service animal,” he said.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 24, 2009 01:37 PM
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I guess Rover will have to be taught to make room for the Boa.

Posted by: Buck on September 25, 2009 1:08 PM

Hmm. Our local agency provides only service dogs. Still, I'd prefer a smaller snake for a sphygmomanometer/muffler.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on September 28, 2009 11:09 PM
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