Most memories of grandma’s house invoke the more gentle pleasures of life: the soothing sound of knitting needles, the steady whistle of the tea kettle, the small, ever-full bowl of butterscotch candies.
They typically don’t include cozy images of 6-foot-long pythons, slithering corn snakes or three-inch Madagascar hissing cockroaches — unless, of course, your grandma is Winchester’s 88-year-old Louise Barker.
After an unexpected turn of events in recent years, Barker wound up with a bevy of exotic pets, and her collection of more than 30 creatures is constantly growing.
“The python is a wonderful snake, but he’s in the water right now,” Barker said one recent afternoon with a gesture toward one of her most prized possessions. “But I could get out the corn snake.
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