Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Not everyone's pets are warm and fuzzy

Robert and Beth Hall of Sheboygan don't have your run-of-the-mill house pets. Among their menagerie of reptiles and invertebrates are 38 snakes, including a 17-foot Burmese python, along with two alligators, a tarantula, 16 scorpions, a green iguana, an Australian tegu, a Nile monitor and three tortoises, one weighing 50 pounds. "We first started out with the tarantulas because they do take up less space," Beth Hall, 23, said. "Then, our first few reptiles that we had, we had a green iguana and a bearded dragon." The Halls got more animals as people learned about the animals they had. "Then, they were like, 'Oh, I can't keep my snake anymore. Do you mind if I drop it off at your house?'" Beth said.