Falbo’s first pet was a Cockatiel, Coconut, who she got in second grade before the captivation began. It was a long coming, but after admitting Coconut into Falbo’s family, she had to give her to her grandmother because of some of Coconut’s aggressive behaviors. After a few years, Falbo welcomed Coconut back into her room once her grandmother was moving. Now 11 years old, Coconut was diagnosed with Chronic Egg-laying syndrome which causes her to repeatedly lay eggs that are infertile and hollow and affects her mood.
“Ever since she's been living with me, and she also enjoys looking at everything like all the animals and stuff,” Falbo said. “I think birds enjoy other creatures. She's pretty cool, but she's mean; she doesn't like to be on me like pear does. She likes to have her space, and she'll come to me occasionally to get head scratches, but she's mostly nesting which makes her mean.”
Falbo got Storm, a Blue Tongue Skink, in the fall of 2018 when she was very young. Storm has typical blue tones which is a defense mechanism in the wild — they flash the colors at predators. The vibrant colors are usually a signifier of poison, and they use it as a decoy.
“Skinks are really cool; they recognize faces and Storm knows if I bring out a can of food she knows it's for her and will come out. They're just smart. You can see that they have some intelligence going on in their eyeballs. They are really easy demeanors to handle.”
Falbo got Scarlet, a Bearded Dragon (Hypomelanistic morph), in the summer of 2018. Scarlet is an animal that Falbo takes around with her. She has been to the arboretum, downtown and she was even featured in Falbo’s senior pictures. Scarlet is usually a bright orange color and turns brown when she is shedding.
Bearded Dragons shed in patches as they grow, so Scarlet will shed off her old scales to reveal her nice, vibrant scales which occur all at once.
Falbo got Pear, a dove, during quarantine when her cat brought him to the front door. Pear was younger than a fledgling and was not ready to be on his own yet. He had an injured wing and all the bird rescuers were closed due to COVID.
“I had to take care of him myself, and he's holding out,” Falbo said. “He still has a weird wing and I don't think he would do very well out in the wild. So he's just here with me. He enjoys all the animals. He travels around to all the different enclosures and even the snake enclosures. He enjoys being here so I don't feel like I’m depriving him of anything by keeping him.”
Artemis (left), a male albino ball python and Tigress (right), a female orange dream ball python, were both purchased by Falbo her freshman year. Her parents didn’t know that Falbo got the snakes for a while, which has become more common as Falbo pays for most if not all the expenses that go towards her animals — her parents didn’t know about them until her friend made a DIY YouTube video about DIY enclosures.
Falbo keeps, Bruno, a male Russian tortoise in a DIY enclosure that she made from tabletops that were bought at IKEA. The enclosure is a table on top of a tabletop paneled with silicone.