Calgary public schools are on March Break, and the Calgary Zoo has been packed to the brim all week.
We caught up with zookeeper Patrick Thompson and his friend Bellatrix, a Malagasy Tree Boa.
She’s only 7 months old and doesn't weigh much now, but when she's fully grown she will measure about 10 feet and be as thick as as a grown man's forearm.
Bellatrix plays a key role in the zoo’s school program for kids by teaching them about the importance of different animals.
Surprisingly, Bellatrix isn’t just a favourite among the boys.
"A lot of the time girls are really into [snakes]," Thompson says.
"If somebody’s going to be really into a snake, it’s usually going to be a girl, but I find more often ... most of the boys will pet the snake, and there’s usually one or two girls who won't."