Celebrating with a snake


When Jill Clapp met George back in 1995, she was a bit nervous. "I was pretty upset for a second," she says, recalling the first time George touched her hand. But before long, as he gently snaked his long, smooth body down hers and poked his head into her pocket, she was in love. "Well, as much as you can love a reptile."

Another woman in the pet store exclaimed, "He's a curious guy!" Clapp remembers. That's how she decided up on the name -- George, "as in Curious George."

The owner of that pet store, which has long since closed, told Clapp the corn snake had hatched in May of 1993. On May 28, Clapp and her class of preschoolers at St. Paul Child Development Center in Mountain View celebrated George's 20th birthday -- that's pretty old for a corn snake.

The children sang, gave him some presents -- including a new log for his terrarium -- and ate cupcakes with "little gummy snakes" on top.

Clapp says that over the years George has served as an educational pet in her classroom. She uses George to teach the children how snakes shed their skin; about how some animals, like George, hunt and kill their prey before eating it; and she has also helped many youngsters, and their parents, get over their fear of the slithering creatures.


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Posted by The Mootz Family
a resident of The Crossings
on Jun 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Happy 20th birthday George! Thanks for serving St. Paul CDC and helping the children learn about snakes and reptiles for so many years!

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Posted by Sean
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm


Don't piss the wrong off. Eat, work sleep, repeat.........and enjoy your days off. Maybe take a Xanax bro......chiiiiiiiL.

I have lived in MV for 12 years and the police are good people, I have a few stories on how they helped me when they did not have to. I will be sending them a Xmas card this year. Thanks MVPD.

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