Allen Hagen of Rumford reacts Thursday as Zeus, a ball python, crawls across the brim of his hat. Hagan had asked snake owner Rob White of Mexico to place the snake over his shoulders during White’s educational program for the summer reading program at the Rumford Public Library.

Eleven-year-old Karissa Bickford, right, of Rumford, pets Neptune, a foot-long ball python owned by Rob White of Mexico, while her friend Kaitlyn Radcliffe, also 11 and of Rumford, holds the reptile during White’s educational program on Thursday about his snakes for the Rumford Public Library summer reading program. White said he rescued the snake last year after it was discovered loose inside the Hotel Harris. “It’s one of the most common snakes you will find in pet shops,” White said.

Erin Landry reacts to what she called a “tickling sensation” as the forked tongue of Zorro, a California king snake, brushes her face. The Rumford youngster had asked snake owner Rob White of Mexico to put the reptile on her shoulder so she could feel what it was like. More than 50 children and 30 adults watched White’s educational program about his pet snakes during Thursday’s summer reading program at the Rumford Public Library.

Rob “The Snakeman” White, of Mexico, teaches children and adults about his pet snakes on Thursday afternoon during his educational program for the children’s summer reading program at Rumford Public Library. White is fashionably wearing a ball python around his neck and another around his left arm while displaying Zorro, his California king snake.

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