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Snake Man theme song
by Carman Clark

All Snake Killers
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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.

 Little Snake Big Ruckus 

Little snake
makes a big ruckus

Woman bitten by copperhead
attracts TV crew


Staff Photos: Robert Porter

Newly named copperhead snake "Angie" sent Rockdale
County resident Sandy Butler to Rockdale Medical
on Wednesday after biting her on the hand.



Jay Jones

Staff Reporter


CONYERS - Sandy Butler said Wednesday evening was the first time she helped her husband, Tom, move a snake out of their yard. It may also be the last time she'll help him, after the snake, a young copperhead, bit her on her right hand and landed her in the emergency department at Rockdale Medical Center.


Her experience kept her in the hospital for a few days, but not before a television crew for the cable channel Animal Planet showed up as they followed a snake rescuer for an upcoming program.


Snakes in their yard are not uncommon, Butler said. The couple's three dogs had found the snake, and the Butlers thought they should move the snake to a safe area and avoid bothering the dogs - something Tom had done several times before. Butler said she was lowering a glass jar near the snake when it struck.


"As soon as the snake hit my hand, I obviously knew," said Butler, who lives in the Whispering Pines subdivision in north Rockdale County. "We were not sure if it was venomous or not, and I said 'I think we're going to find out, because it just hit me.'"


Her hand swelled up almost moments after the bite. They called 911 and an ambulance took Butler to the hospital where she received anti-venom treatment.


However, the couple brought the small copperhead with them to the emergency department, just in case. Dr. Angela F. Mattke at the RMC emergency department received the Butlers and quickly had Sandy Butler under treatment. Afterward, Mattke said several of her co-workers, not surprisingly, wanted her to get rid of the copperhead, and even kill it.


Instead, Mattke called Jason Clark of Southeastern Reptile Rescue to retrieve the copperhead.


"The snake was just doing what snakes do," Mattke said. "If the snake had been in a house, then that would have been a different story. But the snake was just outside on wooded property and doing what it was supposed to do, so I didn't feel that the snake deserved to die."


Clark explained that copperhead bites are probably the most common snake bite seen in Georgia by people accidentally stepping on them because their coloring makes them hard to see and, as in Butler's case, people attempting to capture them.


"She did exactly what you're supposed to do when bitten by a venomous snake; she didn't wait around but went straight to the hospital," Clark said. "Messing around with tourniquets or ice packs doesn't help and could make the situation worse. Getting medical attention as quickly as possible is the best way to treat a snake bite."


It was a coincidence that Clark was being shadowed by the Animal Planet film crew to capture his interactions with snakes and other reptiles. Clark's group answers calls for reptile removal around the clock and has handled alligators and every venomous and nonvenomous snake native to Georgia.


Clark said he cautions people from having contact with snakes, especially venomous ones. He also tells people not to kill snakes, and that they provide more benefit than trouble in keeping vermin in check. He offers several ways to discourage snakes from around the house at his group's Web site,


The filming crew declined to go into detail about which program they were filming for or a possible air time, explaining they were there only to follow Clark and his staff around for a future and unnamed project for the cable channel.


Clark said the young copperhead, still in the pickle jar the Butlers used to catch it, will be a welcome addition to the rescue group's snake collection and will become a part of the group's education seminars conducted throughout the year, including one scheduled for the Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival on Aug. 23-24 at the Georgia International Horse Park.


Clark named the snake "Angie" in honor of Dr. Mattke.

Staff Photos: Robert Porter
A film crew for the cable channel Animal Planet interviews
Rockdale County resident Sandy Butler in her hospital room
Thursday as she recuperates from a copperhead snake bite.
Butler talks with Dr. Angela Mattke of RMC emergency
department as the film crew tapes their conversation.




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