PetCo is having their $1/gallon sale. If you wanted to show off your cuties that’s a good place to start :)
Anyone want to tell me what’s wrong with this picture?
OH JESUS SNAKE FUCKING CHRIST.
PetCo is having their $1/gallon sale. If you wanted to show off your cuties that’s a good place to start :)
Inspired by This post!!
This was based on my own experience ahahah, my Latias is 8 years old now, she’s a great Pokemon :’)
I can feel the tears in my eyes
It’s ok! I did not need my heart anyways ;_;
Everyone who can please take some time and report this to Florida fish and wildlife commissions (FWC) This guy killed a protected eastern indigo (drymarchon couperi) in the state of Florida. Which can lead to him serving jail time. Conservation can’t work if we got idiots like him killing indigos. The website to report him is http://m.myfwc.com/contact/wildlife-alert/ Or google FWC report.myakka Florida. Manatee county
This, is heartbreaking.
My name is Wesley James. I live in Sarasota Florida and have been hiking Myakka State Park for as long as I’ve had legs.
I have, in 23 years, never ONCE seen a single wild indigo snake. They are not only my most favorite animal in Florida but among some of the most rare animals in the US.
The eastern indigo is critically endangered living almost exclusively in burrows of the also protected and also declining gopher tortoise(Gopherus polyphemus) which has had much of its habitat destroyed due to urban development. They are a harmless but large black colubrid, the largest in the US in fact, and often killed because of their imposing size. Anyone who has spent time with these animals knows however that they are quite docile and not inclined to bite at all. These animals are in extreme decline from all fronts due to a number of causes and unfortunately among them people who intentionally kill them. This, this akin to intentionally killing a rhino or Andean condor in terms of both rarity and ecological significance and it gets worse…
Judging from the size of this animal it’s likely to be a female. What this man has done is not only killed one single endangered animal but taken a whole possible generation of offspring. Females of snakes are not only important for birthing new generations but often much less common than males. In populations of certain species the ratio can be 10 to 1 and in extreme cases (certain garters) 100+ to 1. Taking a female out of the wild could prove potentially fatal to an entire local population.
Please, even if you are not fond of snakes, if you love animals understand that what this person has done is terrible, illegal, and damages both this species and the environment that is lives in. I love these animals, I love them with all my heart and the fact that this makes it that much less likely to see one hurts like losing a friend. I have several contacts in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and will be reporting this but if you could please share to spread awareness about this species I would be extremely grateful.
Thank you. -Wes.
I love herps and their conservation, but before hundreds of people start dog-piling this guy, is there anymore evidence that this guy killed the snake than him standing with the dead one?
I have many friends that take pictures just like this with animals they found dead on the road. In my opinion, there’s nowhere near enough evidence here to say this guy did anything but pose with a dead snake. He’s still technically breaking the law by being in possession of the remains of a protected species (assuming he does not possess the permits to be in possession of live animals or tissues), but I’m not seeing anything here that proves to me that he was the one to kill the snake. You could be outing a guy that just found a DOR snake and posed with it for a picture.
Show some evidence that this guy intentionally killed the snake, and I’ll eat my words. Otherwise, you’re pushing for federal charges against a guy who just might have taken a picture with a dead snake.
I became concerned about this initially but upon looking at his facebook I found some rather upsetting things that made me change my mind.
First is this pic of him with a dead eastern diamondback (the comments confirm he killed it) Which is another snake in severe decline in the US.
Next we have the super classy way he threatened to kill and eat another protected species the goliath grouper.
Lastly, the final straw in my ability to empathize with this guy it his very expressive hatred of homosexuals.
I think if anyone deserves this, the prizewinner has been found.
Yes, I compare them, because they’re both basing opinions on feelings, emotions and “morals”, not facts about what ACTUALLY causes harm.
And don’t worry, you disgust me too, so your feelings are reciprocated. :3 *Kiss*
For the love of all that is sacred, please just stop.
This x-ray shows the case of an unfortunate woman who happened to have a snake crawl into her vagina, slither through the fallopian tube, and out oast the ovary into her body cavity. It survived unknown for three days until the snake started eating her appendix.
my anaconda dont
Can i just say—hoW DO YOU NOT NOTICE THAT??
probably thought it was just cramps
Like… how do the doctors tell her that happened???? “Ma’am… you have a snake in your uterus…” what???
I cannot get over how pretty she looked today on moss
These are my two “aggressive” snakes.
I got them both from people who swore up and down they were too aggressive to be handled.
The rat snake, Puff, is from a local pet store and was sold for $10 down from $50 because they couldn’t offload an “aggressive” snake on anyone.
Problem is, he’s not aggressive at all. Young rat snakes, wild or captive bred, are incredibly defensive until they’re larger because they’re prey animals for just about anything. They will, if given a few seconds to psych themselves up, begin hissing and striking whenever anything comes near. You get around this by not GIVING them time to freak themselves out, open tank, grab snake, snake has no time to start worrying, and settles right down once in hand.
What was happening is people would go to pick him up, get scared (ffs, his teeth can’t even break human skin at this size), and start flailing their hands around if he’d strike, which only terrified him and made him continue to hiss and strike, which got him labeled ‘aggressive’.
The second snake is a corn snake, that I renamed Snaps, I got off of Craigslist for $5.
There was a long ad about how the person had bought the snake on Craigslist a few weeks prior and was told it was aggressive but the aggression was understated, that they didn’t know how to deal with such an aggressive snake, and were now afraid of it. They’d worked with him ‘for weeks’ and saw no change. I was expecting to find an adult that maybe just hadn’t been handled much.
What I got was a barely not a hatchling who was behaving, you guessed it, perfectly normally for a hatchling. Hatchlings of most species are defensive and will readily strike, hiss or bite, because they’re frightened and are reacting like the prey animals that they are.
Neither one of these snakes are aggressive.
They will, as they get larger, largely grow out of it and will be easier to handle without having to be quick about getting them picked up out of the tank.
These snakes stay small for several years before they hit adult size. They will be defensive and snappy if allowed the time to get themselves worked up and freaked out before you pick them up. It may take 3-5 YEARS before your baby calms down enough to be calm with your hands poking around in their tank.
Settle the fuck down and stop telling people you have an ‘aggressive’ snake (and for god’s sake, stop rehoming them as ‘aggressive’) when what you have is a young snake behaving normally.
Reptiday was an all around SUCCESS
Today was absolutely wonderful. We met so many great people and got to really talk about the Big Constrictors in Florida.
A lot of time and energy was dedicated to lugging this gentle giant around. Faith was so great. This was her first show and she couldn’t have been better. Kids and adults alike were amazed and fascinated with her. She was pulling me around for a little while but she was great while out and around a lot of people and that’s all that matters. Matt even got a nose boop in!
She is one of the best advocates for Burmese Pythons in the State of Florida.
Help Our Turtle Friends!!!
NO NO NO NO
SO VERY WRONG
LISTEN ALL MY FELLOW FRIENDS: I’VE VOLUNTEERED AT THE NEW ENGLAND WILDLIFE CENTER, A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TRAVEL TO INTERN AT, FOR MORE THAN YEAR AND THIS IS SO VERY WRONG
IN CASE YA’LL DIDN’T KNOW, TURTLE ARE CONNECTED TO THEIR SHELLS, AND PICKING THEM UP LIKE IS SHOWN IN THE PICTURE CAN SEVERELY DAMAGE THEIR SPINE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU JERK THEM AROUND
SO LET ME TELL YOU A THING
IF YOU SEE A TURTLE IN THE ROAD, STOP YOUR CAR FAR ENOUGH AWAY THAT THE TURTLE CAN STILL BE SEEN THROUGH YOUR WINDSHIELD.
IF YOU’RE ON A NON-BUSY ROAD AND/OR THE TURTLE ISN’T FLIPPED ON IT’S SHELL (WHICH BY THE WAY WHAT THE FUCK TURTLE DON’T ACTUALLY FALL ON THEIR BACKS LIKE THAT PRETTY MUCH EVER ESPECIALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD SO I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON IN THAT PICTURE) GET A STICK OR JUST USE YOUR FOOT TO GENTLY NUDGE THE TURTLE’S REAR IN THE DIRECTION IT’S GOING IN. THOSE FUCKERS ARE FAST WHEN THEY WANT TO BE.
IF PICKING UP THE TURTLE IS NECESSARY, APPROACH IT FROM THE SIDE, MAKE SURE IT SEES YOU, THEN GO AROUND THE BACK. ALL TURTLES HAVE JAWS LIKE THE VIRGIN ASSHOLE OF SATAN, EVEN IF IT’S NOT A SNAPPER, AND YOU DO NOT WANT THOSE CLAMPERS ON YOUR HAND OR ARM. BELIEVE ME.
PICK THAT SHELLED CUTENESS UP LIKE A HAMBURGER, ONE HAND ON EACH SIDE OF THE SHELL HALFWAY BETWEEN FRONT AND BACK LEGS, FINGERS ON THE BOTTOM SHELL, THUMBS ON THE TOP SHELL. KEEP THE TURTLE AS HORIZONTAL AS YOU CAN AS YOU CARRY IT TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.
DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT BRING THE TURTLE TO A “SAFE HABITAT.” DISPLACING ANY SPECIES OF WILDLIFE LOWERS THEIR CHANCE OF SURVIVAL DUE TO NOT KNOWING WHERE THE FUCK THEY ARE. MAKE SURE THE TURTLE IS SOMEWHERE AROUND TEN PACES AWAY FROM ANY KIND OF HUMAN CONTRAPTION, INCLUDING HOUSES AND SIDEWALKS, AND THEN LEAVE HIM TO HIS DEVICES. THEY’RE NOT STUPID, THEY’RE NOT GONNA TURN AROUND AND WALK RIGHT BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
-DON’T PICK UP BY THE TAIL. IT CAN BREAK THE SPINE.
-DON’T MOVE TO ANOTHER HABITAT.
-DON’T TAKE ‘EM HOME. THAT’S ACTUALLY ILLEGAL IN MOST STATES.
-DON’T PUT YOUR HANDS ANYWHERE NEAR THE MOUTH.
-BE WARY OF THEIR FEET, THEIR CLAWS CAN BE SHARP.
-WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER, REPTILES CAN CARRY SALMONELLA AND WHILE IT’S PRETTY MUCH IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTRACT IT UNLESS YOU SUCK ON THEIR CLOACA IT’S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.
-DON’T MOVE THE TURTLE TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD THEY JUST CAME FROM. WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU DO THAT. THEY WANT TO GO THE WAY THEY WERE GOING, GENIUS.
-IF THE TURTLE IS ON A HIGHWAY, IT’S PROBABLY BEST TO PICK THEM UP- AS DESCRIBED ABOVE- AND PUT THEM IN A BOX FOR TRANSPORT SINCE THEY’RE SQUIRMY LITTLE BITCHES.
-SNAPPERS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS OTHER TURTLES, DON’T IGNORE THEM BECAUSE THEY LOOK LIKE DEMON CHILD OF A T-REX AND BOX TURTLE. NO MATTER HOW BUSY THE ROAD IS, THOUGH, THE RULE OF THUMB IS DON’T PICK THEM UP IF THEY’RE BIGGER THAN YOUR HEAD. STOP TRAFFIC AND NUDGE THEM ALONG. PEOPLE MAY BE PISSED AT YOU, BUT AT LEAST YOU’LL KEEP YOUR FINGERS.
WIELD YOUR NEW FOUND KNOWLEDGE FREQUENTLY, MY FELLOW TURTLE SAVIORS.
it is important that you read this shining example of wildlife safety literature all the way through to fully appreciate its radiance and learn the ways of turtle protection.