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Posts by BCR #226

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  • 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.

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

    02/22/2016 6:28:38 AM PST · 85 of 106
    BCR #226 to tumblindice
    No, rattle snakes are not aggressive. I've handled many of them. They will defend themselves if molested but they will not go after you and try to bite you.

    The only rattle snake I've needed to kill was one injured badly when hit by a car. Sorry but the stuff you're saying is not true and it's fear mongering.

    This is a C. Horridus or Eastern Timber Rattler that I photographed in 2012. As you can see, I got quite close to her and she wasn't aggressive at all. Yes, I was within strike range...

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  • Florida launches python hunt

    01/22/2016 7:54:12 PM PST · 97 of 97
    BCR #226 to rlmorel

    And I stand by my comment as well. Here’s why. Most of the people that own exotic pets in general tend to be professional types vs. the generalization you made. Yes there are a few in every group but to say most is quite ignorant... like most of the comments in this thread.

  • Florida launches python hunt

    01/22/2016 5:58:31 PM PST · 95 of 97
    BCR #226 to wildbill

    Except that it’s socially acceptable to let cats run wild with no consideration that the common house cat is the most destructive non native pet in the US by far.

    People worry about the Burmese python for no good reason. All the conjecture and fear mongering is based on inaccurate and out right false information. Burmese pythons are not aggressive, they’re shy and reclusive animals. They don’t “eat anything they can get in their mouths” nor are they mindless killing machines.

    Do Burms make good pets? Yep, IF you are prepared for how big they get. And no, they don’t get 25 feet and 200 pounds. Most rarely top 150 pounds. If you’re not prepared nor have experience around the bigger species of snakes, a Burm probably isn’t for you.

    What we’ve seen with bans and restrictive laws regarding these animals is that the hobby has begun to move underground. The animals suffer for it as they cannot be legally cared for by a vet if they get sick or injured. Irresponsible pet owners who let their animals go should be punished severely. But to blame all snake owners and call for bans is no different than what the anti gun freaks do with firearms.

    I don’t own any Burmese pythons, however, I have worked with quite a few of them. My personal preference is the longer reticulated python. I have found that retics are more intelligent and more regal. They associate with people in ways most animals cannot do.

    All the crap spewed by that article on the Burmese is absolutely fictional. The author did not do his or her research at all. It’s a fear mongering propaganda piece that has no basis in reality.

    I work with the “gentle giants” of the snake world every day. I see what they are and how they act and what their needs are every single day. People have little to fear from these animals... on the other hand, these snakes have every right to fear and hate humans... but they don’t.

    Let me put it to you this way. If these animals were as dangerous as is being claimed, why are they letting people that have zero experience working with snakes at all go into a wild habitat and hunt them? Maybe because the Burms aren’t what the Government and the media want you to believe they are.

    It disgusts me how people throw their opinion around like it’s fact when they’ve never even seen one in person or worked with one or held one... Then have the nerve to tell people like me who work with them every day that we don’t know what we’re talking about.

    To top that off, most people couldn’t tell the difference between a Burmese python and most other species of snake in the wild if their life depended on it.

    Already, the python hunt has resulted in two very endangered Indigo snakes being killed. Why? Because this whole mess has gotten out of hand with the fear mongering. I hope the people that killed the Indigo snakes are prosecuted. I doubt that it will happen though.

  • Florida launches python hunt

    01/22/2016 5:43:26 PM PST · 94 of 97
    BCR #226 to rlmorel

    I was replying to your generalization of reptile owners... kinda sucks to be on the receiving end of that kind of false stereotype doesn’t it? Maybe you’ll refrain from it in the future now that you see how baseless and unfounded it is.

  • Florida launches python hunt

    01/22/2016 9:48:18 AM PST · 91 of 97
    BCR #226 to RoadGumby

    Well said. Just because someone doesn’t like what you have doesn’t give them the Right to take it away from you. I keep quite a large number of snakes of varying species ranging from garter snakes to reticulated pythons.

    I have found that most people that want to ban snakes know absolutely nothing about them. They make quite a few assumptions and base it all on myths that have no basis in reality.

    What really annoys me is how these so called FWS wildlife experts make these claims about the Burmese pythons and frankly, they’ve never worked with them, never interacted with them and have no idea what their needs are, their husbandry, their diet, etc. Anyone that knows snakes at all will tell you, it is impossible for the Burmese pythons to be causing the die off that is happening in the Everglades. You would need 50 full grown adults per acre to accomplish that and it’s simply not happening.

    I wish uneducated, ignorant people would research the topic by talking to the people that actually know these animals instead of the retards that have zero experience with them who claim to be experts.

  • Florida launches python hunt

    01/22/2016 9:39:14 AM PST · 90 of 97
    BCR #226 to wildbill

    You do realize that dogs and cats are invasive species... So, when do we start hunting down the cats that irresponsible owners let loose to roam the neighborhoods and kill wildlife every single day?

  • Florida launches python hunt

    01/22/2016 9:37:27 AM PST · 89 of 97
    BCR #226 to rlmorel

    Humans killed by pet reptiles in the US per year... 0.43

    Humans killed by pet dogs in the US per year... 30-70 depending on the year.

    I find it’s the uneducated scum bag low life types that try to demonize something they don’t understand for the most part. Most of those people have never even seen a Burmese or Reticulated python in person... not to mention have ever held one or worked with one.

    Educate yourself before you discuss a topic you really don’t know anything about.

  • Florida launches python hunt

    01/22/2016 9:31:21 AM PST · 88 of 97
    BCR #226 to BwanaNdege

    You do realize that is a photo shopped image right?

  • Florida launches python hunt

    01/22/2016 9:29:25 AM PST · 87 of 97
    BCR #226 to Darksheare

    No, a python isn’t a stomach with a mouth. Burms and retics are very intelligent and contrary to the myth being pushed, they only eat once or twice a month.

    the reason they are in Florida is because of Hurricane Andrew destroying an importation and breeding facility.

  • Florida launches python hunt

    01/22/2016 9:26:51 AM PST · 86 of 97
    BCR #226 to george76

    So much BS in that article it’s not even funny. Sigh

  • Mika: Why Not a Gun Ban Like in Australia?

    10/05/2015 6:55:21 AM PDT · 15 of 80
    BCR #226 to Biggirl

    I doubt it would ever get to the courts. The politicians that pass such a law would never be able to show their face in public again. They know this. At that point, law would be meaningless and it would get very, very ugly here in the States.

    No, there will be no confiscation unless they want to create a situation in which they will never sleep well again for the rest of their lives.

    Unlike Australia, here, someone would end up getting killed over that kind of BS.

  • King Cobra On the Loose After Escaping Home in Orlando

    09/04/2015 4:47:06 AM PDT · 56 of 57
    BCR #226 to Salamander
    This is a photo I took of a king cobra last year. This one was about 13 feet long in PA.

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  • King Cobra On the Loose After Escaping Home in Orlando

    09/03/2015 5:23:38 PM PDT · 50 of 57
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    Love that pic. I love how people start jumping up and down on irresponsible snake owners without knowing the whole story. More people have been killed by pet cats than pet snakes.

    Could it have been negligence by the owner? Yep. Could it have been something else? Yep. Until the whole story is known, people really should keep their opinions to themselves.

  • King Cobra On the Loose After Escaping Home in Orlando

    09/03/2015 5:19:37 PM PDT · 49 of 57
    BCR #226 to Oldexpat

    They’re not aggressive, they’re curious. I’ve been around cobras, they’re really laid back unless you hurt them or scare them.

  • King Cobra On the Loose After Escaping Home in Orlando

    09/03/2015 5:17:55 PM PDT · 48 of 57
    BCR #226 to BuffaloJack

    Plenty of people keep cobras and other venomous snakes as pets. But please, I don’t want to hear about irresponsible snake owners until 1. We know the whole story and 2. Something is done about irresponsible cat owners.

  • Couple who took their 5-foot boa constrictor for swim in Pennsylvania river say it vanished

    08/18/2015 9:48:36 AM PDT · 155 of 155
    BCR #226 to arthurus

    LOL... yes, pythons and boas grow as they get older. However, that is the end of the factual information you provide. Allow me to educate you.

    1. Pythons eat about once a week for the first year of their lives. After that, they will eat once every few weeks. During breeding season, mature pythons usually don’t eat or eat very little. For your statement to be accurate about them eating all the small animals in the Everglades, the number of pythons present would have to be in the hundreds of millions. There aren’t even 1% of that number in the Everglades.

    2. Gators will eat all but the largest of the Burmese pythons. A 12 foot Burmese will be killed by a 9 foot alligator in most situations.

    3. There is one recorded and confirmed death by a boa constrictor. It occurred in the US and involved alcohol. The owner, an older gentleman was drunk, took his boa out to show off, lost his balance, the boa grabbed to hang on and essentially cut off the blood flow to the mans brain. There are no other deaths by boa constrictors in the world that have ever been confirmed.

    4. Every instance where a python has killed a person in the US, the snake was abused and/or neglected. No person or child in the US has ever been eaten by a boa or any species of python.

    5. Burmese pythons are dying out in the Everglades. They have been for years. The reasons for this are varied but it comes down to this simple fact. The Everglades are barely able to sustain this particular species of snake and the numbers of snakes living to maturity are far fewer than what is required to sustain a viable population.

    I work with boa constrictors and reticulated pythons daily. I know these animals inside and out. People that fear monger and throw incorrect information out concerning these animals do so out of ignorance and an unfounded fear. 99.999999% of them have never held or worked with even a native species of snake... no need to even think about them working with an exotic. So, yes, those people who fear monger and try to scare people about these animals in my book are pansies. Because they don’t know what they are talking about. I have harsher words but am being polite on FR.

    You want to know what is killing off the animals in the Everglades? I’ll tell you. It’s not the snakes. It’s the damage done by the Southern Florida Water Management Agency when they started diverting the flow of water in the Everglades. The Burms showed up in the Everglades after Hurricane Andrew. The die off of the animals there began in the early 1970’s. SFWMA realized the problem and immediately made the war cry about the Burms to divert the attention so that they wouldn’t get sued or face criminal charges.

    Do the Burms belong there? No, but they’re not the monster under the bed people are claiming they are. They’re not going to attack anyone and they’re not going to eat anyone. Burms want nothing to do with people at all.

    Oh, and the infestation of exotic snakes (not just Burms but quite a few venomous species) in the Everglades weren’t from released pets but came from the destruction of the importation and breeding facility located there when Andrew hit.

    I’ve been working with exotic snakes for years. Before I actually started working with them, I believed the BS that was spewed out concerning the Everglades. Personal experience with these animals made me question what was being said. In a nutshell, there is no way a Burmese python will survive winter even in Tampa. There is no way Burmese pythons are wiping out the fauna in the Everglades as is being described. You would need between 50 and 100 snakes per acre to do that and I’m sorry, it’s simply not happening.

  • Couple who took their 5-foot boa constrictor for swim in Pennsylvania river say it vanished

    08/17/2015 1:56:56 PM PDT · 153 of 155
    BCR #226 to arthurus

    I read perfectly well. I’m just tired of people being pansies about a perfectly harmless animal. And no, a 5 foot long boa won’t hurt anyone.

  • Couple who took their 5-foot boa constrictor for swim in Pennsylvania river say it vanished

    08/16/2015 8:33:28 PM PDT · 147 of 155
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    She may be getting another reticulated python soon. Sigh.

  • Couple who took their 5-foot boa constrictor for swim in Pennsylvania river say it vanished

    08/16/2015 8:04:51 PM PDT · 144 of 155
    BCR #226 to Salamander
    Thanks, the kidlet would say the snakes. She loves them so much. Did I ever show you the evil shot I took of her with Brownie? Check this out...

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  • Couple who took their 5-foot boa constrictor for swim in Pennsylvania river say it vanished

    08/16/2015 8:01:14 PM PDT · 142 of 155
    BCR #226 to stuck_in_new_orleans
    Just for comparison, a 13 foot reticulated python isn't going to eat anyone either. If a 13 foot retic can't eat a person, a 5 foot boa certainly can't. Here is my daughter with said 13 foot reticulated python.... Again, note the fear and terror in her eyes... NOT.

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  • Couple who took their 5-foot boa constrictor for swim in Pennsylvania river say it vanished

    08/16/2015 7:55:46 PM PDT · 137 of 155
    BCR #226 to stuck_in_new_orleans
    I've never lost a snake outside. And I keep snakes a LOT bigger than a 5 foot snake. Hell, I have BABY snakes that are 5 feet long.

    Here, have a nightmare... this is my daughter with her pet snake Brownie. Brownie is a Boa Imperator who, when this photo was taken was about 8 feet long. At this size, she eats what we call jumbo rats. They weigh about half a pound. As you can see, my daughter is terrified at this super predator that is about to eat her... Sigh.

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    Seriously, a boa is not a threat to anyone.

  • Couple who took their 5-foot boa constrictor for swim in Pennsylvania river say it vanished

    08/16/2015 7:47:59 PM PDT · 135 of 155
    BCR #226 to stuck_in_new_orleans

    What a dolt? The dolts are the idiots that are spewing misinformation about these snakes and don’t know anything about them. A 5 foot long boa isn’t going to eat any dogs, cats or people. Okay, maybe send it to planned parenthood and it might eat an aborted child...

    A 5 foot snake is NOT that big. A 5 foot boa will eat maybe small to medium sized rats. That’s it. It’s incapable of eating a house cat, or dog, or kid. It has no interest in attacking anything that it can’t eat either. It will hide, it will eat rodents and when winter comes, it will perish. Sad that it will die that way because of morons that decided to let it swim in a river. Chances are, an opposum or raccoon will eat it before winter.

    So, before insulting someone because they disagree with you, make sure you’re not talking out the wrong hole because you think your opinion is more important than fact.

  • Couple who took their 5-foot boa constrictor for swim in Pennsylvania river say it vanished

    08/16/2015 7:40:36 PM PDT · 132 of 155
    BCR #226 to arthurus

    Um... I’m not sure where you got your information about Burmese pythons but there is absolutely no way Burms are moving north. Nice fear mongering though.

  • Couple who took their 5-foot boa constrictor for swim in Pennsylvania river say it vanished

    08/16/2015 7:35:30 PM PDT · 131 of 155
    BCR #226 to stuck_in_new_orleans

    It’s a boa, it’s not going to hurt anyone... but the owners need a butt kicking.

  • Federal Court Strikes Down 'Discriminatory' Texas Voter ID

    08/05/2015 11:41:28 AM PDT · 9 of 31
    BCR #226 to Buckeye McFrog

    It’s okay, their argument on this matter will be applied to background checks on firearms. They’ll get the voter ID knocked out but in return, we will eliminate the background check and 4473 paperwork.

    The die is cast on this.

  • Richard Dreyfuss: Rewrite Second Amendment So It Applies To Militia Only

    07/23/2015 2:45:07 PM PDT · 43 of 124
    BCR #226 to Biggirl

    Why is it actors think their opinions are like gold? Stick with what you do best, be an actor, leave the real world to the people that live in it.

    In other words, go away boy, you’re bothering the real men.

  • Obama’s ICE Director: No Immigration Enforcement Until Amnesty Is Passed

    07/21/2015 9:02:53 PM PDT · 103 of 112
    BCR #226 to Nachum

    So, she is basically refusing to abide by the current law and attempting to bully/coerce/bribe the Government to get what she wants at the expense of letting violent criminals continue to walk out streets while the ICE agents on the street can’t arrest anyone because of her.

    FIRE HER NOW! Congress needs to open a serious investigation in to her and remove her from her position.

  • ATF Works With FBI And VA To Get Veterans’ Guns Taken Away

    07/21/2015 8:21:04 AM PDT · 18 of 58
    BCR #226 to rktman

    The Democrats better hope this doesn’t work because if it does, it lays the ground work to prohibit people on welfare and other Government programs from being eligible to vote.

    So, keep this up ATF. You’re not doing yourselves any favors.

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 3:14:50 PM PDT · 102 of 107
    BCR #226 to Ditter

    The snakes in Florida are a result of a breeding facility that was destroyed in hurricane Andrew. And yes, there is a lot of screaming about irresponsible snake owners. Sadly, there really aren’t that many that are irresponsible but we’ve taken the brunt of libelous assault for years. As an example, read the minutes from the legislature in WV last year concerning the passage of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act. It is utterly shameful what they said. None of it true but they used their lies to justify passage of a very bad law.

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 2:29:43 PM PDT · 99 of 107
    BCR #226 to hadaclueonce

    Just relocate them yourself or call a local snake keeper and have them do it. You do realize that by killing those rattlers you’re helping the real vermin spread disease and harm people...

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 2:27:26 PM PDT · 98 of 107
    BCR #226 to Ditter

    Yes, but the fact remains, my snakes, yes the retics, eat far fewer meals than cats. Cats kill for sport. Snakes do not.

    The point is, everyone is screaming about irresponsible owners of snakes. I’ll accept that when I see the irresponsible cat owners take responsibility for the 33 species of animals made extinct by pet cats and keep their free roaming murder machines secured in their house.

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 10:10:51 AM PDT · 92 of 107
    BCR #226 to Ditter

    It’s no excuse. If I let my big retics out like that people would scream bloody murder, yet, my retics would do less damage in a month than a cat can in half a day.

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 6:40:17 AM PDT · 88 of 107
    BCR #226 to eartrumpet

    Cats are one of the most destructive invasive species in our nation. They do severe ecological damage in just about every state in the Union.

    What gets me is the irresponsible owners that let their cats out at will with no supervision every freaking day.

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 5:53:51 AM PDT · 84 of 107
    BCR #226 to HerrBlucher

    It’s more common that you might think but I agree, the level of attention required for a hot would take the fun out of it.

    I’ve handled and dealt with a lot of hot snakes and they’re not that bad but I’m not interested in keeping them. I made it a point on knowing how to handle hots though. I do a lot of snake rescue in my area and many wild hots end up getting in spots where the home owners freak out. I usually just relocate them to the wild life management area near me.

    Snakes are not something to be feared, but they do demand respect. Some people though just blow my mind at how freaked out they get over snakes.

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 5:24:48 AM PDT · 80 of 107
    BCR #226 to HerrBlucher
    I don't get why people keep birds as pets. They stink, are noisy, carry a host of diseases that are communicable to humans...

    Yes, care must be taken with snakes but this is honestly true for all animals. Hots do require a level of knowledge and attention that most people are not capable of giving. But you may not understand why people keep them but those people like them. I love my reticulated pythons. They're smart, interactive, curious and they have some of the most unique personalities of any animals on earth. They can be derpy or serious or a host of other moods. Some of mine don't just like being handled, they insist on it. They're quite demanding of attention.

    Two photos, one snake... one with him being a total derp and the other on the more serious side...

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  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 5:18:26 AM PDT · 79 of 107
    BCR #226 to HerrBlucher

    They save lives by milking the snakes. Do a google search on medicines derived from snake venom. The list is very long and very wide ranging. All of the labs that develop these medicines buy the venom or snakes or borrow the snakes for a period of time from... yep, you guessed it, private keepers.

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 5:15:48 AM PDT · 78 of 107
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    Yes, people are idiots. Uneducated and believing the crap the media tells them over people that actually keep and work with these animals on a daily basis.

    Like some CNN reporter is going to know more about a snake than someone that keeps dozens of them...

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 5:14:06 AM PDT · 77 of 107
    BCR #226 to HiTech RedNeck

    There are a few venomous snake farms as you call them but not many. The problem is, the genetic diversity of the snakes to get quality venom must be varied. They discovered an enzyme that apparently helps to stop seizures in patients a year or so ago. The enzyme was found in a single specimen of snake. No others of it’s species has this enzyme. It’s a genetic mutation in the venom production that is probably going to have a major impact on medicine.

    This is why it’s important to not be a pansy and freak out over venomous snakes. Far too many medicines are being discovered due to their venom.

    Knee jerk reactions like the Lacey Act ban on Burmese pythons has already had a major negative effect on research. Burmese pythons enlarge their heart after eating. It’s not known why yet but they can control it. Scientists think that with enough examples of pythons to study, they might be able to find a cure for all diseases related to enlarged hearts. The problem is, they can’t get the samples now because of knee jerk pansies that demanded the Burms be put on the Lacey act. They can’t get enough diverse genetic material to isolate what the Burms are doing to enlarge their hearts.

    So, tens of thousands if not more people have died because of enlarged heart disease and because of panty wetting, monster under the bed, cowards, the cure which is sitting right in front of us, can’t be found.

    Sad really. But that is what you get when ignorant people make policy on a subject they have zero education on.

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 5:04:23 AM PDT · 74 of 107
    BCR #226 to Snickering Hound
    No pythons do not have a reputation for being ill tempered. The whole thing about released pets in Florida is a myth perpetrated by the Southern Florida Water Management Agency to shift the blame for their mess up in the Everglades to the Burmese Pythons.

    The reason there are Burms in the Everglades is because of the breeding/import facility there that was destroyed in hurricane Andrew.

    And, I speak from first hand knowledge on pythons, I have dozens of them. Though I currently do not have any Burmese pythons, I keep their bigger cousin the reticulated python.

    Cobras are actually pretty chill snakes. Wild ones are much more easily handled than most other hot snakes.

    One of my "ill tempered" pythons. This is Chaos, he's a male reticulated python that is currently about 12 feet long and near if not over 50 pounds. As you can see, he's such a ferocious animal... NOT.

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  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 4:57:45 AM PDT · 73 of 107
    BCR #226 to HerrBlucher

    In some places it’s not legal to keep VENOMOUS snakes. Most places it is with varying levels of permits and such.

    This snake was used in what is looking like a suicide. Very unusual circumstances to say the least.

    Think of it this way, if you’ve ever needed blood thinners or heart medication or medication for kidney ailments and a host of others, you need to realize that without keepers of venomous snakes, you wouldn’t have had those medicines... Just something to think about.

  • Cobra found dead near north Austin Lowe's store

    07/18/2015 4:53:35 AM PDT · 72 of 107
    BCR #226 to Snickering Hound

    It’s venomous not poisonous and those “special kinds of morons” as you so ignorantly refer to them are the very reason that there is anti venom available at all.

    I don’t keep hots but I know many people that do. My friend has a collection that he milks about once a week. From just one snake, per milking, he gets about $2500. Now, multiply that by about 50 snakes and you see why people do it.

    The situation with this cobra is interesting. From people in the investigation, it appears that the situation was a suicide. The snake wouldn’t have lived long in the environment there had it not been run over. People are making a huge deal out of what is really a minor issue.

  • Micro Black Aces Shotgun! Is it Legal?

    07/15/2015 4:11:44 PM PDT · 22 of 38
    BCR #226 to PapaBear3625

    ATF made a determination that barrel length doesn’t apply to pistol grip shotguns as long as the over all length exceeds 26”.

    This was quite a surprising determination and one that ATF is regretting but it’s too late as there are tons of them out there now from a bunch of companies.

  • Dem senators call for executive action on gun control

    07/12/2015 8:10:31 AM PDT · 24 of 57
    BCR #226 to pabianice

    Considering the failure that the Brady law is, how about the Government bring itself into compliance with the law as it exists? The FBI should be forced to submit a response within 3 business days.

    Instead of our taxes being used to create questionable actions such as Fast and Furious, how about they take that money and apply it to making sure FBI can do it’s job instead?

  • Waco police seeking to bar information about Texas biker shooting

    06/04/2015 9:52:13 PM PDT · 70 of 73
    BCR #226 to sargon

    There are exactly four law enforcement personnel that I trust and I trust them with my life. All of the other ones out there, I can’t trust because I do not know them and the fear and paranoia that is prevalent in law enforcement today, I’m not sure I care to know them. Nothing against them but with how our Government is acting now, I am very suspicious of anyone carrying a badge.

  • Waco police seeking to bar information about Texas biker shooting

    06/04/2015 4:45:32 AM PDT · 3 of 73
    BCR #226 to Lurker

    I think the version of events as told by the motorcycle club members is probably much more accurate than that of the police.

    I think they see a massive poop storm of retaliation coming their way and they’re scared. They should be as some of the OMG’s are probably going to destroy Waco in payback.

    Setting bikers up, members of clubs or outlaw gangs or not, is probably a very stupid idea.

  • Sen. Mike Lee: Quickly approve the USA Freedom Act

    05/30/2015 6:01:21 AM PDT · 3 of 43
    BCR #226 to NRx

    You know, it really bothers me that we’re compromising on how much tyranny they can enforce on us. I’m sick of compromising my Liberties and Rights away.

    The Government needs to compromise a bit. Since they like spying on us so much, what functions and agencies of the Government are they willing to remove? IRS? ATF? DEA? They need to pick at least three $1 billion or more a year agencies and their functions to eliminate. This means, the Government doesn’t move the functions over somewhere else but entirely stops those functions and removes them from Federal Government jurisdiction.