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Posted by Ed at 4/21/2017 8:51:27 PM

While some interesting and fun stuff has happened recently (ie, got a call from someone who found three  black racers trapped in a wad of landscape netting, a local news station called me and wants to do a story on me helping out neighbors with snakes, etc.,) I still need to vent, and I know some of you will understand.  

I've really put myself out there in the local community to 1) stop people from killing snakes, and 2) fight the snake hysteria and misinformation that we all now is so prevalant.  I do it to help people and snakes, I don't ever take  money. While many people are willing to learn, everytime I think I'm making progress, a new wave of stupidity hits.  

- "There are water moccasins around here."  (There aren't, and every time  I've heard someone say that, it is actually a water snake.)

- "I saw a baby copperhead." (No, it's a Dekay's snake.)

- "There are pygmy rattlesnakes around here" (No, that's even more ridiculous than water moccasins.)

- "I'm thinking of buying a house and I really want a pool, but I'm scared it will attract snakes."  

 And then there are those people who seem to want to remain scared and ignorant.  That's what bothers me the most.  Some guy texted me today and asked me to come remove a snake from his yard.  I asked him to send me a picture.  He sends a picture, it's a 4 foot black rat snake.  Rest of conversation:

Me:  That's a black rat snake.  It's totally harmless.  If you just leave it alone it will go away on its own.

Him:  I'm not scared of it, but it's been hanging around here for about a week. 

[I always laugh when people who want me to move/relocate a snake say "I'm not scared of it"]

Me: Well, that may be a good  thing.  If it's hanging around, it could be because it's eating real pest animals  like mice/rats.

Him:  Well, I could put out traps for mice and rats.  But my kids have to walk  by the snake all the time now.

Me:  [getting frustrated, but trying to keep my composure]  So why is that a problem?  They present no danger.  Isn't it better to teach kids to NOT be  scared  of animals that are not dangerous and eat pests  like mice/rats?

He stopped responding after that.  Again, it always cracks me up when these tough guys call me, and then when I explain how silly it is to be scared of a snake, they always say, "Oh, it doesn't bother me, I'm just worried about my kids."  Huh??

Anyway, thanks for reading.  I was so frustrated today I actually created a simple website to address the stupidity.  It applies to the area I live in, but feel free to use it:

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Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 4/22/2017 5:19:58 PM  

Nice Ed!

You know, your website taught me something... Being Copperheads aren't native to my area, and I've only ever seen adults, I didn't know the babies had greenish-yellow tails (and they are so adorable!) Thank you! 

Ed ,
Posted At: 4/22/2017 9:25:59 PM  

Thanks Sonja!    That's what's great about the reptile hobby, always something new to learn.   I'm pretty good with snakes on the east coast, but I'd be a rookie if I moved to the mid-west or west.

Today was insane.  I got three separate calls for black racers (one was stuck in landscape nettings) and a copperhead.  I need to start charging for my service!

Posted At: 4/24/2017 3:01:24 PM  

It's great you put yourself out there like that.  The stupid people like that are just so painful to deal with though.

Aimee ,
Posted At: 4/25/2017 7:24:31 PM  

keep it up, Ed. we're all we've got :(  thank you for all the energy.

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