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Old 01-17-2009, 08:38 AM   #31
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Most people think, 'the only good snake is a dead snake'.
Unfortunately, that also appears to be the prevailing attitude here as well. I do my best to persuade people otherwise, but I fear that it may be a hopeless cause.
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:50 AM   #32
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I usually explain to people that snakes help control disease by eliminating sick animals. I've also seen studies comparing snakes and cats that showed that some species of snake are better at rodent control than cats were. In fact, in some areas cats have actually increased the number of rodents by eliminating snakes and other predators.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:50 AM   #33
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My ex believed snakes were evil. I could never fight his reasoning because it wasn't based on any logical argument - he just though they should be killed. Explaining their role didn't help. So it was my job to quickly move them to a new location. Luckily my new DH enjoys them (and other creatures) as well as I do, and is a live-and-let-live sort of person.

I also try to combat the "the only good snake is a dead snake" mentality. Sometimes I'm more successful than others. My best luck seems to be with kids - their young minds are more open, more willing to be fascinated. I was a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator for 4 years, and had regular visits from the neighborhid kids, who wanted to see what I had in the house. Baby birds, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, opposums, beavers ... and a nice group of kids who were learning to care. (How I cringed when they told me what daddy does to the snakes in the ditches.) We definitely talked about "good" snakes.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:44 AM   #34
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Unfortunately, that also appears to be the prevailing attitude here as well.
I hope not.

I've used common garter snakes in a few workshops for younger kids. I start out by sharing with them that all moms are afraid of snakes, right? They will generally agree with me and add spiders to the lineup of what moms are afraid of. I wait a bit and take out a garter snale and tell them they are wrong because I'm a mom. The kids all have little mouths of O's.

I think we humans always fear what we don't understand.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:29 PM   #35
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Good for you Lorax. I like my snakes at a distance, but I will move the little garter snakes I sometimes find in my flower beds. They do help keep down the pests.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:23 PM   #36
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Among the fellow beings that share our household is a 62" male iguana named Igor. We acquired him about 12 years ago from a the son of an old Army colleague of mine who was moving and couldn't take Igor with him. I've attached a couple of photos of him enjoying 'walkies' in our front yard.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:09 PM   #37
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Very cute!
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:29 AM   #38
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Igor is beautiful.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:36 AM   #39
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What a handsome fellow is Igor.
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:50 PM   #40
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And what do you do if Igor decided he wants to do runnies? He's a big fella!
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