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by Carman Clark

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God has made us different,
he made us so unique.
We slither on the ground,
we have no hands and feet.
Though you find us scary,
or maybe just plain weird,
our intentions are not to hurt you
or cause you such great fear.
Our venom's not meant for humans
but to help us when we eat.
So, please stop the senseless killing
before we're all extinct.
We're not saying you have to love us
or tell us we're the best.
God's the one who created us.
So, treat us with respect.

written by Sarah Clark
for Southeastern Reptile Rescue



Fears are educated into us
and can, if we wish,
be educated out.
-Karl A. Merringer

A righteous man cares for
the needs of his animal...
Proverbs 12:10

The snake is an animal.
It has a backbone and a heart.
It has red blood.
It drinks water and eats food.
It breathes air and feels fear
just like every other
animal in the world.
And, it's in a body that's
the hardest thing
for the average
person to understand.

 Gopher Tortoise Project 
The 2005 Gopher Tortoise project in conjunction with the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, Southern Reptile Education and Southeastern Reptile Rescue took place at General Coffee State Park in South Georgia. Approximately 20 volunteers came out to assist in capturing gopher tortoises. Every tortoise that was captured had its measurements and other information recorded which will help to keep track of the population. Gopher tortoises live in whats called "sandhill" communities. In these communities, they dig long burrows that have been known to be as long as 47 feet. These burrows are also home to many other creatures including snakes. Among the many snakes that share the burrows, the indigo snake is perhaps the one of most interest. Its numbers in the wild are dwindling and is therefore recognized as "threatened".  By tracking the Gopher Tortoises population, we can begin to see a picture of how successful they are being as far as reproducing and living to adulthood in the wild. Because, when the Gopher Tortoise (which is threatened) disapears in Georgia, so will many other animals that inhabit and depend on the burrows for survival.
Hurry turtle!
Sarah peering into a gopher tortoise burrow.A DNR representative stated that they have only seen one indigo snake in the last six years.
Jason dives toward a hole to catch a gopher tortoise. You have to move quick or they'll be gone!A tortoise about to disapear into its burrow.
Sarah removing ticks from a tortoise.You think this ones big?! You should have seen the one that got away.
Jackie of the Georgia DNR weighing a gopher tortoise.Many measurements are taken which will help chart the animals growth.
The tortoises receive a notch in their shell wich will later help identify them.Once the tortoises information is recorded, it's just about time to release it.
This tortoise appears to have an old injury possibly caused by an automobile.One last check for ticks and other parasites and this little guy will be ready to be released.
Sarah saying goodbye.It's amazing how fast these tortoises are.
Until next time... 
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