Gabby Scampone is a reptile lover who works at a local animal hospital and loves to go herping.
Twenty-one-year-old Gabby Scampone is a pet sitter in Westchester, New York, who has an affinity for snakes and other reptiles. She is also a biology student, and she works at Pleasantville Animal Hospital. While her business card says she will sit a variety of animals, her Instagram and Facebook pages show a lot reptiles, and specifically snakes.
“It wasn't until I started doing my own research online and became educated with the species in my area that I started touching them and picking them up,' she told the Daily Mail. “I hold them and let them move freely in my hands and arms. I don't restrain them or pin them behind the head which is why they don't bite me.”
Scampone said that she hopes to work in a capacity that will help to conserve and protect snakes and change how people think of snakes. Her Instagram has more than 4,000 followers, ensuring a built-in audience to showcase her passion for snakes and their well being.
“There are so many people who will see a snake and kill it,” she said.
“Snakes eat the rodents that carry ticks and parasites that are harmful to people and there are even snakes that will eat other species including venomous ones. They're important, I post pictures to share my love and passion for these animals and I hope people will see that and maybe think differently before they reach for that shovel.”
Here are just a few of the reptiles that she has interacted with while out herping and in educational settings.
Gabby with a Burmese python her friend takes to educational events
After Scampone graduates from SUNY Purchase next year, she plans to move to Florida and hopes to work with exotic animals and to assist in Florida's conservation efforts.