I just want to say - I held two live snakes today. (Oh! I'm imagining how my mother's skin is crawling as she reads this.) And it was fun. They were small and kind of cute. Thankfully, I didn't encounter them in my yard but at the library, in the meeting room, under the supervision of the pet store lady who brought them to show to two of my day camp groups. It was all very exciting. But the tarantula did kind of freak me out.