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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.

 Snake On The Loose 

Recently, we received a call in reference to a reticulated python that was in desperate need of a home. Apparently, the snake was purchased at a petshop and was being kept in the basement of a residence in North Georgia. The python, measuring about 12 feet long, escaped through a window. About 3 days later, the snake was found by a neighbor in a storage shed. The owner of the snake then had his escapee back home but was soon notified by his landlord that he and his family were being evicted due to this incident. The snake then went to "Snakes of Georgia" which is a rescue group based out of North Georgia. On Sunday July15, 2007, Snakes of Georgia personnell delivered the python to us at Southeastern Reptile Rescue. So far, the python has been rather docile and has already participated in its first educational program that was presented to over 150 attendees at the Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia on July 16. Below are some news items concerning the python now known to us as "Hercules".

Below is a photo of Hercules with its original owner - George Smith.
More photographs of Hercules will be coming soon. 

The original owner (George Smith) holds the python that escaped from his home in North Georgia. In the background at his left is the broken window where the 12 foot python made its escape. (Photo by Victor Alvis Dalton Daily Citizen).


BREAKING NEWS: Python found

Dalton Daily Citizen

Hercules, a 12-foot python that had gone missing over the weekend from his home at the corner of Brushtown Road and U.S. Highway 411 in north Murray County, has been recovered.

Owner George Smith said his next door neighbor found the reptile in his shed this morning. Hercules apparently crossed a large back yard and a drainage ditch, went up a slight hill among some pine trees and made his way into the shed.


Published: July 11, 2007 10:24 pm            


?Hercules' back home


Python found in neighbor's storage shed


By Victor Alvis

Dalton Daily Citizen


Hercules the python is back safely at home in a secure cage ? but his owner's family is now looking for shelter.

Hercules, the 12-foot reticulated python that escaped its basement home over the weekend, was found Wednesday morning in a neighbor's storage shed some 60 yards away. But owner George Smith, his wife Ashley and children Tori, 3, and Dakota, 1-1/2, have been served eviction papers by their landlord.


Albert Hooker, Smith's neighbor on Brushtown Road off Highway 411 in north Murray County, walked out to his storage shed at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday to work on replacing an old wooden floor. Another neighbor and friend of Hooker's, Randy Hulett, said Hooker found Hercules lying on a new section of floor, then alerted Smith.


"I think it scared Albert a little bit," Hulett said. "I've got eight beagles out back, but I didn't like the idea of walking around at night with a python on the loose."


Sometime on Friday, the snake had pushed against a single-pane window in the basement of the Smith home to break the second of four panes. Hercules made his way through a grassy field past a neighbor's dog trot holding six dogs of various sizes. The snake crossed a dry drainage ditch and went up a five-foot rise between pine trees before crossing Hooker's back yard and entering the sky-blue storage shed.


"Everybody was making him out to be a ?killer snake,' but I would be more worried about all the stray dogs running around out here," Smith said. "We're hoping we can find a zoo or some place like that where we can donate him. We're looking for somebody to take him in. If I'd known it would have been this much trouble, I wouldn't have got him."


Smith said he took off work Wednesday from a local carpet mill to look for a new place to stay since landlord Richard "Junior" Steelman served him eviction papers.


"They should be out seven days from (Wednesday), unless they take it to small claims court. I paid $70 for the paperwork today, so they'd better throw him out," Steelman said. "Either me or (the snake) one is leaving. I'm not going to have it there. I worry about little kids. (The Smiths) said it was so tame it would lick his face. But I don't know what it will do around strangers ? or when it gets hungry."


The Smiths said they were up-to-date on rent, and produced receipts for payments from April through June. But Steelman has said they never told him they were keeping such a pet on the property and noted damage that had been caused to the property.


Terry Manis of Chatsworth, who runs the Snakes of Georgia wildlife program, was called in by Gary Cowart, director of the Murray County Animal Control, since this was the first such call the office had received.


"I've been the director since we opened our doors. We've had calls where people have left snakes in an aquarium after vacating a property, but this was new," Cowart said. "On our end, the python had gotten out Thursday night or Friday morning, and we didn't get the call until we came in Monday morning, three or four days later, and nobody had seen anything."


Manis said the three-day-old trail offered no clues, and rain made it unlikely the cold-blooded creature would show its face Monday or Tuesday.


"Catching it is not a problem. Finding it is the problem. We want people to be careful but not live in fear," Manis said Wednesday before learning the snake had been found. "It's a grassland predator, very intelligent, and can ambush prey along trails. It's going to have to eat, and that's what's got me worried a little bit."


But Manis ? who caught 26 wild snakes in homes last month, one sitting on a computer keyboard ? said he was more worried about poachers finding the snake and killing it before he could catch it. He correctly predicted the snake would be lying low in a cool, dry place, trying to regulate its body temperature.


"There's no sense in killing a snake if you can catch it. The python's owner had only had it two months and didn't have enough heat lamps or a large enough cage for it," Manis said. "This is a good lesson for people who want a big snake. It probably cost (Smith) $200, but it's costing him a lot more now."


Smith said he purchased the snake at Tropical Pet Paradise in Dalton's Walnut Square Mall. Store sales clerks said Smith purchased it from a former employee, who they said sold it from his personal collection.


The pet store currently has animals such as a ball python, monitor lizards, Chinese water dragons and iguanas for sale.


A man in Murray County was recently charged with possession of a wildlife animal without a permit and possession of a wildlife animal without insurance after he brought the animal there from south Georgia.


Connie Haynes, technical assistant for the special permits unit of the Wildlife Resources Division of the state Department of Natural Resources, said there are no state regulations governing pythons.


"It has to be named in the wild animal code," Haynes said. "There's a section where they list by order, genus and species exactly which animals you would only be able to possess with a permit for commercial purposes. Anything that's not named in there you can have as a pet."


And pythons are not named.


"No boids are," Haynes said. "Boids refers to the boa family and the boa family includes pythons, boas and anacondas, three groups of snakes that are included. So none of the boas are named in the wild animal code."


Licenses are required for businesses that want to use exotic animals mentioned in the code for commercial purposes.


"There are all kinds of laws and rules and regulations that go with a commercial business that would have a wild animal like that," Haynes said.


As for a python getting loose, Haynes said, "I wish that didn't happen as often as it does, but it does."




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