Big snake helps raise money to fight Muscular Dystrophy

REDDING, Calif. - Spiders and snakes are usually at the top of the list of people's greatest fears.  But Kirby is such a sweetie she'll cure most of them.

Kirby is the 11-foot-long Burmese python that lives at Critters and More off of Lake Boulevard in Redding.

"She's just a puppy dog," said Ryan Allinger calmly holding Kirby over his shoulder. "She's just a big fat. She doesn't want to do anything more than just cruise around."

She's so calm and collected that Ryan and his Mother Sandra Dodge-Streich, who owns Critters and More, just let her cruise around their store under their supervision. 

Every once in a while Ryan brings her out onto the lawn in front.  That usually garners a lot of attention.

"We've had a lot of families come in as a group photo," said Dodge-Streich. "Most people say that it's awesome, and ‘oh take a picture, take a picture, take a picture.'"

Kirby is so docile she's good for just about anyone. Leeann Anthony stopped by just to get a chance to hold her.

"I've never held one before in my life.  Not a big one," said Anthony after hefting Kirby over her shoulder. "She's heavier than I thought she was going to be."

Kirby definitely does have some significant mass to her.  She weighs about 60 pounds and that's all in one giant ribbon of muscle.

"She's not gotten aggressive with anybody," said Dodge-Streich. "That's part of the reason why we're comfortable with her."

According to Sandra and Ryan, who live with and take care of Kirby, they've never had any issues with the giant snake.  She's never snapped at anyone or even really hissed.

So now you want to go hold the adorable giant slithery doll right? 

Well stop by Critters and More.  Dodge-Streich asks only for a small donation to help fight Muscular Dystrophy.  She's participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lockup and hopes to raise about $1,600 to fight the disease.

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