By Danny Baggott @dan_baggie
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21-year-old, Savi Serrott, has been dubbed the ‘reptile Queen’ for her work with giant snakes and lizards.
Savi even goes out hunting for Burmese pythons in the Everglades during her spare time, something she chooses to do for the ‘conservation of the ecosystem’.
Savi, who resides in Miami, acknowledges that most of her pets have the potential to be deadly, but that is something that has never phased her.
She told Barcroft TV: “I’ve never been scared to interact with my animals because I trust myself pretty well.
“I trust how I can read their body language.
“It all depends on how much you work with them and it depends on who you let interact with them.
“Yes I share my house with more than 70 reptiles, but why wouldn’t I want to keep them in my house?
“It’s the same reason you’d do that with your dog or cat – they’re my pets and they need to be taken care of.”
Savi got her first reptile when she was just six years old.
Her mother, Michelle Serrott, said: “Savi has had a passion for reptiles since she was in diapers.
“She’d be on patio in the backyard and she’d stuff toads in her diapers.
“She would pick up lizards and she caught her first snake when she was two years old. I watched her do it!
“I do worry about Savi a lot, especially when she’s out in the Everglades.
“I know how dangerous the Burmese pythons can be – but I also know how well trained Savi is. She knows what she’s doing.”
Savi added: “People are always scared when they visit my house.
“Very few people even come into the reptile room. I try to teach them about the reptiles and how they’re not out to get them.
“I have been bit a few times actually. But it’s always been my fault.
“It’s just something you need to keep in mind when you have animals like this.”
Savi’s largest snake at home is Cookie, her eight-foot Argentine Boa constrictor.
“Cookie is really beautiful,” Savi said. “She’s a really sweet snake.
“Overall, I have two Argentine Boa constrictors, a Colombian Boa, Tree Boas, Ball pythons, Hognose snakes, turtles, tortoises, red-foot tortoises, iguanas, monitors – the list is endless.
“I spend roughly $350 a month to feed them all.
“All these reptiles are a lot to take care of sometimes, but it’s my passion and I wouldn’t trade it.”
Savi has amassed a large following online, with more than 23,000 followers on Instagram loving her work.
But she has faced her share of criticism in the past, with people questioning why she goes hunting.
She said: “The thing I’ve been criticised most for is hunting pythons.
“The reason why I catch the Burmese pythons in the Everglades, it because they’re an invasive species.
“They’re doing a lot of damage to the ecosystem and unfortunately, all the pythons have to be euthanised.
“To keep an 18-foot long snake in a tank or cage is totally unethical. For conservation reasons, it’s important to have captive animals.
“That’s why it’s important to support zoos and stuff.”
Savi is now focusing her attention to adding to her reptile family and she can’t wait to see what her future holds in the animal world.
She said: “Look, I like animals more than I like people.
“In the future. I really want to travel.
“I want to educate people on reptiles and teach them that they're not horrible, ugly creatures coming after you. They're really intelligent, and they deserve our respect.”