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Old 06-04-2008, 09:48 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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seriously? It works when I click...

And that thing under your desk? It's not a snake. Put it away before it scares someone.

Haven't we been here before, Bones?
Seriously, no Diesel....
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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dang...how about this?

http://lh4.ggpht.com/frankiegoestoen...t%2C%20Mom.jpg

or this?

Picasa Web Albums - Frankie Goes to E... - Snakebath
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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The both links work....he's BIG....
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Cute but no thanks. Me and snakes don't agree........
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I have seen alot of dead blacksnakes on the roads lately.

They are harmless and so many people are "quick" to kill them.
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Old 06-05-2008, 06:40 AM
 
Location: florida
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what a pretty yellow skin.
thank you all for the time you too to post. I feel much better now . You have allayed by fears.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:19 AM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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I have seen alot of dead blacksnakes on the roads lately.

They are harmless and so many people are "quick" to kill them.
I had one come out of the woods yesterday evening go across the lawn for several hundred feet, turn around and went back. Guess he didn't like the cicada's.....
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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At the outset, let me say I dislike snakes. I am against showing kids in school how nice snakes are because 1)even non-venomous snakes can give you a bad bite and 2)showing how "nice" snakes are will encourage someone to eventually pick up a venomous one
Thats kinda ridiculous, dont you think? First off, if you dont explain to people and show them how nice some of them are, they'll just take on the mindset that most dumb Americans do, and thats the KILL!KILL!KILL! mindset. Snakes are probably the most persecuted animal on earth, and by a long shot. Why? Because most people dont know a damn thing about them, mainly due to lack of education.

Yes, some non-venomous species can deliver painful bites, BUT WHAT ANIMAL DOESNT?!?! If youre going by that logic, you better train your kids to never pet a doggie, because one day they might approach a pitbull one day and get mauled to death, which is becoming a common occurance it seems. Even worse is when dogs like pitbulls or rottweilers attack out of nowhere, completely unprovoked. You see, snakes wont do that, they only bite when provoked. I spend A LOT of time looking for snakes and I can tell you that they would rather be left alone. And the bites they deliver (non-venomous species) are far less harmful than any cat or dog bite. Heck, theyre even less destructive than a good hamster bite. Ive handled a lot of snakes in my lifetime, know how many times Ive been bit? Not once. Once the snake realizes youre not a threat, they could care less. Ive been musked to the point where my wife has gagged, but not one single bite. And if you dont educate people about harmless/harmful snakes, harmless garters, browns, kings, corns, watersnakes, etc, get hacked to death simply out of stupidity.

And many instructors who bring out snakes to educate people with will most certainly tell the kids (even adults) that they still should not pick up snakes, and that they are professionals who can easily tell the difference. If some kid wants to pretend he's Steve Irwin (RIP) and rush out and try and handle snakes, thats his own prerogative. Cant say we didnt warn him.

Some of my many snake adventures:

Queen snake (Warrenville, IL)--Regina septemvittata:



Brown snake--Storeria dekayi:


Baby brown snake:



Redbelly snake:


Desert kingsnake:


Northern water snake-- Nerodia sipedon:




Neonate copperhead-- Agkistrodon contortrix:


Milksnake (Missouri specimen):


California kingsnake -- Lampropeltis getula californiae:


Snakes are wonderful creatures, very misunderstood, sadly persecuted. If people really got to know about snakes, they wouldnt fear them and might actually have some sympathy towards them. Many of them make wonderful pets, and are more docile than any bird/cat/dog, no joke.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co. TN
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I agree teaching children about snakes is a good thing. Adults too for that matter. The fear needs to be removed. I was exposed to snakes in classes several time in grade school and it never made me want to go pick one up.

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Snakes are wonderful creatures, very misunderstood, sadly persecuted.
So are pit bulls!

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If youre going by that logic, you better train your kids to never pet a doggie, because one day they might approach a pitbull one day and get mauled to death, which is becoming a common occurance it seems. Even worse is when dogs like pitbulls or rottweilers attack out of nowhere, completely unprovoked. You see, snakes wont do that, they only bite when provoked.
Lost your credibility with that statement. You might want to check your own logic.

Great photos though.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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[quote=2mares;3999221]So are pit bulls!


Lost your credibility with that statement. You might want to check your own logic.QUOTE]

I agree about the pits; I was attacked as a kid by a black lab that was until that moment gentle as a lamb. Any animal can turn unexpectedly.

Wild animals will bite if frightened; but unless it's rabid, a squirrel will not chase a person and attack him/her.

Neither will a snake.
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