Betty, Sheedy and Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Betty the Royal Python with her handler in front of Rosetti's 'Dante's Dream'

It pays to always have a camera with you when you visit one of our venues. I was at the Walker Art Gallery this afternoon to see the new entrance but ended up bumping into Betty, a Royal Python, with her handler from the North Wales Raptor and Reptile Sanctuary.

They were part of a hands-on demonstration for National Science Week. The sanctuary is a respite centre for sick and injured birds of prey and reptiles, both wild and captive bred. Betty was brought into the sanctuary on Christmas Eve and is around 8 years old. Royal Pythons are becoming a popular pet, despite a potential lifespan in captivity of up to 40 years.

The website features a 'rogues gallery' of sanctuary residents (some of whom are up for adoption), Everton fans should look out for 'Sheedy' the tortoise.

Betty can be seen here in front of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 'Dante's Dream'.