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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.
(author-unknown)

 Northern Water Snake 

Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)

The Northern Water snake is variable in color but most have alternating reddish brown bands that extend down the body. These bands begin to break up and do not connect but become blotches further down the midsection toward the tail. The bands that connect are wider on top and narrow on toward the bottom.  Northern Water Snakes are an aquatic species that is usually found in or around streams, rivers, swamps, lakes and ponds. Although, it is not uncommon to observe this snake far away from a water source as it travels in search of a more hospitable environment. The Northern water snake is non-venomous and is not a constrictor. So, it must overpower its prey and begin swallowing them live. Prey items include more than 30 amphibian species and over 80 different fish. Many times, Northern Water Snakes can be seen basking in tree branches above the water as well as in rock crevices and vegetation along the shore. When a potential predator is spotted, the snake quickly dives into the water and disappears. If approached, the Northern Water Snake will first attempt to retreat and if picked up may bite while releasing a very fowl smelling musk from their musk glands. This snake may also writhe wildly as an attempt to escape the grasp of your hand. Another scare tactic it employs is the flattening out of its head and body in order to make it look larger. Unfortunately, the flattening of the head gives it a diamond or triangular like shape which some people mistake for a venomous snake and then kill it. Due to this snake's heavy bodied appearance, it is very often mistaken for the venomous copperhead or the cottonmouth. Northern Water Snakes are a protected species. This means that it’s illegal to harm them and possessing one is prohibited.

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CAPTURE OR HARRASS A SNAKE.
THIS IS HOW MOST BITES OCCUR.

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