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Slithering reptiles need their space
to keep pest populations in check

San Antonio Express-News [TX], by Breanna Kerr

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 7/26/2014 7:01:18 PM

SAN ANTONIO — Both deluge and drought bring snakes out where they´re likely to cross paths with humans, something both the snakes and the people usually don´t enjoy. Because our weather often swings between bone dry and sudden saturation, we´re likely to be surprised by the slithering creatures. Usually, it´s best just to let them go on their way. Andy Gluesenkamp, a Texas Parks and Wildlife State herpetologist, said flooding displaces snakes from their homes and, from there, they seek dry land. “Certainly when we have flooding, you can experience situations where you have displaced wildlife,” Gluesenkamp said.

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Drought, flooding. Snakes are affected by both.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: snakeoil, 7/26/2014 7:37:09 PM     (No. 9941498)

There is a glaring error in this article. The author states there are non venomous snakes. No such animal. What varies is the toxicity of the venom. If a black mamba bites you death can occur within 20 minutes. If a timber rattlesnake bites you death can occur with 3 days. But if a garter snake bites you death can occur 70 years later. But once you are bitten by any snake death is inevitable. The way to handle any snake sighting is to get a shotgun, stand about 15 feet away, and fire. If the snake has fewer than 30 parts continue firing. And if the law shows up tell them the snake committed suicide.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: opsimath, 7/26/2014 8:26:29 PM     (No. 9941536)

I thought it was an article about the Castro brothers and their mother.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Emerson, 7/26/2014 8:27:20 PM     (No. 9941537)

Most of the world’s snakes are what are referred to as clinically non-venomous. This means they do not produce a toxin that is clinically significant to people. However, many harmless-to-humans snakes, like Hognose snakes, Garter snakes and Rat snakes for example, do produce toxins that are scientifically or technically venomous.

Boas, pythons, bullsnakes and kingsnakes are examples of truly non-venomous snake species.


http://www.reptilegardens.com/reptiles/snakes/non-venomous.php

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/26/2014 9:16:24 PM     (No. 9941564)

Someone can have my share to spare their lives.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/27/2014 4:18:50 AM     (No. 9941673)

For a second, I thought it was an article about demonrats slithering and consuming the pest civilian population. When it comes to them, they´re all venomous.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/27/2014 6:29:39 AM     (No. 9941692)

I had to smile, #1. I completely agree. A snake is a snake is a snake, as far as I´m concerned. I´ll let a garter, rat, bull or king snake get away without damage, but I hope to not see them again anywhere in my small world.

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