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Posts by BCR #226

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  • Bar employees yank snake from ceiling fan in front of screaming patrons

    05/18/2018 12:39:02 PM PDT · 73 of 73
    BCR #226 to CrimsonTidegirl

    Why does it bother me? Because people killing these animals is harming not only the ecosystem but our safety. Snakes are the number one defense against the spread of rodent borne disease. Rodents can carry up to 200 diseases and parasites that can harm or kill us. When you get into the habit of killing their number one predator, you allow those rodents to propagate and spread these diseases and parasites. So, you killing a snake effects more than just you. You can end up harming others. Look up diseases like rat bite fever, rocky mountain spotted fever, Lymes disease... or some of the parasites they carry... intestinal parasites, ticks, mites, etc. Hell, research the Black Plague.

    You increase the risk of bite and injury or death by trying to kill the snake than just leaving it alone to go on it’s way. Getting close enough to kill it with a shovel means you are close enough to get bit. This happens more and more. Standing back and shooting it is one of the most irresponsible uses of a gun out there. Two years ago, a little girl was killed by a ricochet when a cop shot at a snake in Virginia. He didn’t know there was a rock under the dirt under the snake. He missed the snake by the way. It was a harmless water snake. I believe the girl was 6 or 7 years old.

    People lose all rational thought around these animals. It’s okay if you don’t like them or fear them but for God’s sake, don’t do something stupid like killing it. Let it go on it’s way. It wants nothing to do with you.

    So, yes, your phobia can affect quite a few people and in a very bad way.

    Thankfully, insurance companies are starting to deny coverage to people that are bitten as a result of them trying to kill a venomous snake when they could have left it alone. Crofab, the antivenom of choice in the US for most venomous snake bites is VERY expensive. A single dose can run upwards of $150,000. Most bites require 5-8 doses. And it’s not a fun experience. By trying to kill the snake, your chances of being bit go up exponentially. Now, combine that with the denial of medical coverage... Is it worth it? Is it worth someone’s life to let your phobia overtake rational thought?

    Snakes won’t chase you. They don’t want to seek you out to bite you. They want nothing to do with us. We are giant scary monsters that might eat them in their eyes. Leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone. Just be aware of your surroundings and avoid them... that’s all there is to it.

  • Bar employees yank snake from ceiling fan in front of screaming patrons

    05/18/2018 8:01:06 AM PDT · 70 of 73
    BCR #226 to CrimsonTidegirl

    Wow... No, no snakes are bad. Without them, you and our society would most likely not exist. The ignorance people portray, the utter removal of all cognitive reason, the pure irrationality of people when snakes are involved is absolutely just mind boggling.

    There is no reason to fear snakes. They are not evil, or bad, or out to get you. They’re just animals that want to live like every other life form. Why people fear them so much is something I cannot comprehend.

    Learn about snakes and you’ll see how irrational your fear is.

  • Florida family finds 6-foot boa constrictor that had been living in attic for years

    08/13/2017 4:42:49 PM PDT · 73 of 75
    BCR #226 to TigersEye

    Never too late to learn. I learn something new about the snakes I keep almost every day. They never cease to amaze.

  • Florida family finds 6-foot boa constrictor that had been living in attic for years

    08/13/2017 4:05:59 PM PDT · 69 of 75
    BCR #226 to TigersEye

    That you could see. If a garter is regurgitating, it’s sick. A vet visit is recommended. We had a boa that did that. She would eat, then regurgitate. No other signs of sickness. Then she suddenly started wasting away after a couple of years of this. Turned out to be a strange form of IBD.

  • Florida family finds 6-foot boa constrictor that had been living in attic for years

    08/13/2017 3:58:18 PM PDT · 67 of 75
    BCR #226 to TigersEye

    I have several garter snakes. They don’t regurgitate unless they are sick.

  • Florida family finds 6-foot boa constrictor that had been living in attic for years

    08/13/2017 3:57:24 PM PDT · 66 of 75
    BCR #226 to TexasGator

    A boa is not a python. Two different species and lineages completely.

  • Florida family finds 6-foot boa constrictor that had been living in attic for years

    08/12/2017 5:33:15 PM PDT · 63 of 75
    BCR #226 to TigersEye

    “In the case of snakes they also regurgitate pellets of hair and bone the same way owls and raptors do.”

    A healthy snake does not regurgitate hair and bone. It passes through their digestive system. The general exception to this are egg eaters that will regurgitate the shell of an egg.

  • Florida family finds 6-foot boa constrictor that had been living in attic for years

    08/12/2017 5:27:06 PM PDT · 62 of 75
    BCR #226 to TexasGator

    “Six footers eat rats. Eight footers eat dogs. Ten footers eat little children”

    No, they do not. Not sure where you got this tripe from but it’s absolutely absurd. A ten foot boa will eat nothing bigger than a 2 pound rabbit. Please, if you’re uneducated in the husbandry and diet of snakes, don’t make up stuff to try to fear monger.

  • First Lady Melania Trump Gets Her First Official Portrait

    04/03/2017 6:21:53 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    BCR #226 to BenLurkin

    The photographer reduced the clarity too much. They need a better photographer in the White House for this kind of stuff. UGH.

  • Rattlesnake Bites Florida Boy Who Mistook It for A Toy

    04/02/2017 12:42:47 PM PDT · 58 of 58
    BCR #226 to dayglored

    Yeah, I know people like that. They give me a laugh... nothing personal against them but it’s funny.

  • Rattlesnake Bites Florida Boy Who Mistook It for A Toy

    04/02/2017 9:41:13 AM PDT · 56 of 58
    BCR #226 to dayglored

    Yeah, that ping list will fail... too many freepers that are snowflakes where snakes are concerned. Sad really. If the poop ever really hit the fan, the snake haters wouldn’t last long in the wilderness. A garter snake would zip by and they’d end up shooting themselves in the foot.

    I’ll never understand how people that are supposed to be on the tougher side of the spectrum of politics are such pansies. Seriously, it’s embarrassing.

  • Snake Catchers from India Hunt Pythons in Florida Everglades

    03/22/2017 7:55:56 AM PDT · 60 of 60
    BCR #226 to Vinnie

    That wiki article is misleading. All the snakes found in the Everglades do have a like genetic background, they all come from the exact same source. The DNA matches the blood draws from the importer that lost their breeding and housing facility in Andrew. To date, no differing genetic mapping of Burms has been found in the Everglades.

    This puts the theory of abandoned pets in question. I don’t doubt that there are some abandoned pets there, but making the claim that the infestation of Burmese pythons is directly due to that is false.

    I can’t speak of other species of animals as I have not researched the subject matter on them. But as for the snakes... The infestation isn’t due to irresponsible owners releasing their pets.

    I will be traveling to the Everglades to help document a lot of information on these snakes in a couple of months.

  • Snake left behind on flight in Alaska (The snake is okay now)

    03/22/2017 6:43:59 AM PDT · 77 of 84
    BCR #226 to RoadGumby
    How much experience do you have being bitten by snakes?

    I've been bitten by everything from garter snakes to king snakes, to ball pythons, to common boas, to rainbow boas, to reticulated pythons. I'll take a hit from a snake before I would willingly take a hit from a dog.

  • Snake left behind on flight in Alaska (The snake is okay now)

    03/22/2017 6:38:51 AM PDT · 76 of 84
    BCR #226 to dayglored

    Salamander messaged me and asked if I would be willing to help on your list. Sure, I can do that. I’m a keeper of snakes and work with them on a daily basis. Everything from common garter snakes to reticulated pythons. I don’t keep much in the venomous area but I have worked with them and I rescue wild snakes frequently.

  • Snake Catchers from India Hunt Pythons in Florida Everglades

    01/26/2017 10:12:48 AM PST · 57 of 60
    BCR #226 to Vinnie

    You do realize that it’s not irresponsible pet owners that caused the Burmese infestation in the Everglades right? Hurricane Andrew destroyed a very poorly built breeding and importation facility in that area years ago... that’s where the Burms, the cobras, the eyelash vipers, the mambas and other snakes came from. You never hear about the venomous ones there... only the big, really scary, wet your pants if you see one, Burmese pythons. Ever ask yourself why that is?

    Adult Burmese pythons eat only a few times a year. In winter, they fast as the temperatures will fall low enough where they cannot digest food. Males will go off food in breeding season as well. When you look at how these snakes live and what their husbandry requirements are, all of a sudden, the claim that they’re eating everything in the Everglades is a bit unrealistic. Actually, it’s just flat out BS. To do the damage that is being claimed, you would need more than 50 adult Burmese pythons per acre. I can assure you, that is simply not the case.

    Like I’ve said before... blame the snakes and kiss the Everglades good bye. Look at the real problem and fix it before it’s too late.

  • Snake Catchers from India Hunt Pythons in Florida Everglades

    01/25/2017 9:35:29 PM PST · 44 of 60
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    I find it utterly amusing how people that have zero experience with these animals have all the answers.

    You are correct that it’s the sugar plantations that are killing off the Everglades, it’s not a snake of any kind. People are so worried about the Burmese pythons and yet, not one single peep about the plethora of venomous species that were released in Hurricane Andrew.

    Now, back to the know it all couch commandos. I’m going to be blunt. The Burms are not going away in the Everglades by the hand of man. It is simply not going to happen. Burms are not going to migrate out of Florida. They cannot handle the cooler temperatures. Again... it’s not going to happen.

    For the kill them all crowd. You owe your cushy existence to the presence of snakes. Without them, we would not have a society that is this advanced. Most of you would be dead before you’re 30. Give the slithers the respect they deserve. They’re not monsters, they’re beneficial more than you know.

    I work with some of the largest species of snakes in the world every single day. All the fear mongering that I see in this thread is pure bunk. Like most of the threads on snakes on FR, I laugh at the bravado of many of you that thump your chest and want to kill these animals. Nature will take care of the Burmese in the Everglades. It’s slowly been happening for years. Humans aren’t going to eliminate the Burms no matter what you might think. But mother nature will.

    Stop the hate on these animals. They are being blamed for something that they are not doing. Salamander is correct in that it’s the sugar plantations that are killing the Everglades. Focus on that and address it if you want to save the wildlife there. Or... blame the snake and watch the Everglades die as the sugar growers laugh at how gullible people are.

  • In Defense of Rattlesnakes

    03/01/2016 8:57:39 PM PST · 72 of 72
    BCR #226 to DrJeff

    Rattle snake round ups are insane and cruel. They’re not fun, they’re disgusting displays of vulgar behavior. This is why I refuse to support the JayCees because they condone this horrid kind of festival.

    Personally, I wouldn’t shed a tear if every person that attends and supports those horror shows got bit.

  • Outrage at 'snake island': Massachusetts residents' anger at rattlesnake colony ...

    02/22/2016 1:03:22 PM PST · 102 of 106
    BCR #226 to mad_as_he$$

    Think about it this way. Their eyesight is poor. They are seeing lights and darks. To them, dark means safety and shelter. You come up on one and startle it, it’s going to run to the first cover it sees.... since it’s focused on you, it’s going to see the dark under you from the shadow under you. It’s going to go for that dark safe spot.

    The key is not to panic. Most of the time, they’ll realize their mistake and keep on hauling right past you.

    Venomous snakes rely on their venom to kill prey. It’s a last ditch defensive resort as it takes a lot of energy for the snake to produce that venom. They don’t just waste it on anything walking by. 99.999% of venomous bites in the US are purely defensive. People trying to kill the snake or otherwise harm it and the snake defends itself. Given how the mouth breathers like to have round ups, I can’t really say I blame the snakes when they do tag some of these idiots.

  • Outrage at 'snake island': Massachusetts residents' anger at rattlesnake colony ...

    02/22/2016 11:24:19 AM PST · 100 of 106
    BCR #226 to mad_as_he$$

    sigh, no they aren’t. They feel a threat, they look for cover. Your shadow looks like cover to them. They’re not after you, they’re trying to hide from you. Their eyesight isn’t that great as they rely on smell mostly for identification.

    Trust me, it doesn’t want to bite you. It wants to get away from you.

  • Outrage at 'snake island': Massachusetts residents' anger at rattlesnake colony ...

    02/22/2016 6:46:58 AM PST · 86 of 106
    BCR #226 to Unam Sanctam; All

    No, rattle snakes aren’t varmints, they eat the varmints. Seriously people, if a snake scares you so bad that you have to kill it on sight, if the poop hits the fan, put a bullet in your head because you’re not tough enough to survive a disaster.

    Let me clear it up for everyone.

    1. Rattle snakes aren’t aggressive. They will become defensive if they feel they are in danger. The hint here is to leave them alone.

    2. Rattle snakes are becoming endangered and are protected in many states. In quite a few states, killing a rattle snake is a felony. Why are rattle snakes becoming endangered? Just look at the mouth breathers on this thread and how excited they get about killing a “mean ol’ rattler” and you have your answer.

    3. Rattle snakes are one of the most important natural resources we have for controlling the spread of disease. Lymes disease, rabies, rat bite fever, etc. are all spread through rodents and the parasites they carry. Snakes eat the rodents and the parasites on the rodents reducing the spread of these diseases. Rattle snakes are one of the top predators in this arena.

    4. If you do find a rattle snake on your property, leave it alone or call someone like me, a local herper, to remove it and relocate it. If you try to kill it, your chances of getting bit go up about 95%. There are people like me who will come out, safely remove the animal and relocate it somewhere safe where it won’t have to worry about getting killed by uneducated people.

    5. Stop fear mongering. You sound like anti gunners in a rabid anti gun freak fest. There is a lot of fear and voodoo with no basis in reality. What you are doing is feeding into a panic frenzy. Do you also look for monsters under the bed at night?

    I work with snakes every day. I’ve rescued everything from garter snakes to Gabon vipers to 20+ foot reticulated pythons. I know snakes very well and it’s disappointing to see people that are so astute on politics turn into drooling retards on the matter of snakes. Seriously people, they’re not out to get you. When you kill a snake, you open the door for a lot of rodents to possibly infect you with some very nasty diseases. Respect the slithers, don’t fear them. And please, just stop the stupid fear mongering.