When Christian Guzman was 7 years old, he told his parents he needed to keep some reptiles in the house for school research.
It turned out to be a labor of love for Guzman, who, now nearing 27, has made reptiles into a career. He is event coordinator at The Serpentarium, a living reptile museum with locations in Lodi and Elk Grove.
On Sunday, Guzman was busy at Burgundy Hall showing off an albino Burmese python on the final day of the Lodi Grape Festival.
You have to be strong to hold the white python with yellow spots. After all, he’s 12 feet long and weights 80 pounds.
Guzman allowed visitors to the Grape Festival to hold the snake, while family members and friends took pictures of them.
Guzman works at the Lodi and Elk Grove Serpetarium. A typical day at the museum for Guzman when he arrives at work is to make sure the heat and lights are on because reptiles are cold-blooded animals. Then he gives them food and water — their favorite cuisine are rabbits, rodents and large rats.
At the Grape Festival, Guzman had a helper — Ripon resident Kristi Duran, who held the albino snake and helped festival goers wrap the snake around them to enjoy a rather unusual experience.
“It was really heavy,” Stockton resident Fantasia Munoz, who held the python with her mother, Paige Woodard.
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