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|posted: 1/11/2018 at 3:38:06 AM ET|
A reality TV personality has bought his eight-month-old daughter a small mammal-eating snake - but said he is not worried about it hurting her because it’s “very shy”.
Scott Gavin, 33, star of the Great British Benefit Handout, gave the royal python, called SpongeBob, to his baby Emily as a present.
And he said that the child was such a natural with the predator that it's “only a matter of time before I get her a tarantula”.
Scott, from Kirkby, Merseyside, told the Liverpool Echo that the snake would normally “kill prey by biting and wrapping around it” but is confident no harm will come to his young baby because the python “would rather curl up in a ball than bite her”.
Scott Gavin has set up an animal business called Animal Encounters after appearing on a TV documentary (Image: Liverpool Echo)
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He said: “The snake my daughter is holding is a royal python.
“He is not venomous or poisonous but a constrictor so to kill prey he would bite and wrap around them.
“You have always got to be careful and I would never leave her alone with him but I’m not worried about the snake hurting her because he is shy and would rather curl up in a ball than bite her.
“Royal pythons are actually known as the shyest snakes in the world.”
At the moment SpongeBob is currently around one and a half feet long but Scott said he will grow to more than 6ft.
Royal pythons are non-venomous constrictors which feed on prey including birds, small mammals and other reptiles.
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Scott Gavin gave the royal python, called SpongeBob, to his baby Emily as a present (Image: Liverpool Echo WS)
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Animal lover Scott said Emily “was absolutely brilliant with the snake and a chip off the old block”.
Scott added: “When I first gave Emily the snake I expected her to be a bit rough with it and maybe squeeze it too hard but she was absolutely brilliant with it.
“She’s very natural and I think that’s because she has grown up around all the animals.
“She instantly fell in love with the snake - she’s a chip off the old block and animal mad.”
Scott said little Emily was a natural with the snake (Image: Liverpool Echo WS)
Scott said his little one also plays with his racoon, who he estimates was born on the same day as Emily, and the pair can often be found cuddling up to each other too.
He added: “It’s only a matter of time before I get her a tarantula but I’ll let her grow up a bit before buying a crocodile for her!”
He used the money from the Great British Benefit Handout TV show to set up his own business called Party Central Entertainments, which specialises in reptile and exotic animal shows and other party services like bouncy castles.
In November the TV star said the success of his business meant he could afford to pay £8,000 in cash on his dream vehicle, a Range Rover, and at the time he told Liverpool Echo readers that “it shows hard work pays off”.
Scott Gavin with Barny, a Barn Owl, and his wife Leanne, with Mango, a Royal Python snake (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Scott and his wife Leanne visit mainstream and disabled schools with a selection of their 120 exotic animals, which include lizards, bearded dragons, iguanas, snakes, giant snails, monkeys, owls and a racoon.
They couple also travel the length and breadth of the country doing shows and performances taking them into care homes and to children’s parties and Scott said his booming business is now busy with bookings up until 2019.
And he has ambitious plans for the future.
Scott previously said: “Around March 2018 I’m going to be looking for around eight to 10 acres to start setting up a zoo - hopefully in the Liverpool area.
“Watch this space!”
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