It was a non-venomous snake. The snake was treated properly, everyone was able to get a good look and then everyone left the snake alone.
My daughter last held a snake about two years ago. This Spring she was able to hold a few more at our trip to Alligator Alley.
They even let me hold the snake...
This snake was a tickler...
Notice the smiles on her face. My daughter has been able to hold alligators, birds, kangaroos, monkeys, snakes, and even fed a baby tiger. I've been lucky enough to fill her life with adventures and still hope to add a few more adventures into her life.
My wife is not a fan of snakes. Two years ago, I had someone comment that wrapping a big snake around a young child wasn't a good idea, that the snake was stronger than I thought and could squeeze at anytime. Yes there is some risk to it. Even if a smaller snake decided to bite it would upset my daughter, which would surely earn me an earful from my lovely wife and her Irish temper. So yes there is risk. However, look at the smiles!
I win she is happy, she is learning to respect snakes (and other animals), she is making memories and having adventures. As for me I'm spending quality time with my daughter.