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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.

 The Fish Story 

Over the years as Southeastern Reptile Rescue grows more and more, we are constantly being called on for snake questions from all over Georgia. Recently, we received a call of a different sort from a Georgia county 911 center. The dispatcher asked if I could come to their county and identify a fish. I told her that this organization usually only deals with reptiles. The dispatcher then said that a man was fishing earlier that day and caught a fish that he believes to be a piranha! Now she had my attention. Just out of sheer curiosity, Sarah and I decided to go and try to identify the fish and if nothing else have a good fish story to tell. Upon arriving,  I met the local fisherman who said that he was fishing in a very popular lake here in Georgia and was using live worms with 20lb. test line when something grabbed his bait and immediately broke the line. The fisherman said that he quickly grabbed another pole and cast into the same area and was able to hook the worm stealing fish in the gills and reel it in. Immediately he knew this was not a Georgia fish so he put it in a bucket of water and called 911. Once Sarah and I arrived we were both very surprised to see the now floating fish. I took several photos of the fish and told the fisherman that it was either a Pacu or Piranha. The fisherman wanted very much for it to be a piranha because well; how cool would that be? I returned home and did some research and discovered that it was in fact a pacu which is native to the Amazon River in South America. Next, I contacted the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources who said that they were extremely interested in the fish especially since it came from such a popular lake. The DNR asked if I could get the fish to them so I met a representative from DNR who took the fish to wherever it is that they take strange fish. After it was all said and done, I discovered that these fish are not totally unheard of in Georgia. In fact, there are about 3 or 4 sightings reported each year in the state. Supposedly, the fish pose no threat to swimmers because they are primarily herbivors meaning they prefer plant matter. This fish obviously didn't get that memo after gobbling up a juicy red wiggler!

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