Visitors get their hands on a Burmese Python at open day

David Cattermole, Jock Kerr, Finley Wright and Liam Benson.
David Cattermole, Jock Kerr, Finley Wright and Liam Benson.
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ONE of Grantham’s more exotic shops held an open day last week - giving visitors a rare chance to get their hands on a python!

LA Reptiles in King’s Walk, Grantham, gave braver visitors the chance of some hands-on time with the wide range of reptiles on sale.

Reece Baxter gets to grips with Steve the snake.

Reece Baxter gets to grips with Steve the snake.

Kye Short of LA Reptiles said: “We always try to educate people - it’s the main thing with events like this.

“A lot of people think they know what reptiles are like. They think snakes are slimy but when they get a chance to come in and handle them they say “Wow, that’s nothing like what I thought”.”

Star attractions on the day were the store’s two Burmese Pythons, the largest of which - called Buttercup - is 16ft long.

Also popular was the peregrine falcon, brought in for the day by the store owner.

Mr Short said: “The open day went well - it was one of our better days.

“We sold some of our higher range reptiles including a snake worth £700.”