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Re: NFC: Garter Snakes

to add to the don't stomp argument, most states have laws designating snakes 
& other reptiles (as well as many species of fish) as non-game wildlife.  
With that designation, unless they are a serious immediate threat to human 
safety (ie, non-venomous will never qualify) or property (eating all your 
newly hatched chicks or fry from your pond), they cannot legally be harmed.  
Some states designate rattlesnakes as a game species which ironically gives 
them stronger protection in some cases.

If you live in Denver, I'll come move snakes for you any time you want.  (I 
not only breed snakes--though we're downsizing--but part of my job is taking 
snakes into schools & civic groups and educating people about them)


>From: mcclurg luke e     <mcclurgl at washburn_edu>
>Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
>To: nfc at actwin_com
>Subject: Re: NFC: Garter Snakes
>Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 13:07:19 -0600 (CST)
>   I can understand your dislike of snakes, I have it to.  But do me one
>favor friend.  Please don't stomp 'em just cause you don't like them.  If,
>as you say they are were "they don't need to be"...as in pose an immediate
>threat to life and limb, I can understand having to remove them.  But
>otherwise, the snake is only doing his job, you may not like him, but
>would you like to be over run with rodents instead?  Mr. Snake, however
>much he gives me the 'creepie crawlies' needs his space too...as does all
>our wildlife, aquatic or not.  Please consider that.  Thank you.
>  And btw, if you know someone who can wrangle snakes, even if Mr. Snake is
>somewhere he don't need to be, he can be removed without it costing him
>his life.  This is especially necessary in the U.S. where many snake
>species (venemous and non-venemous) populations are crashing.
>  ...for more information on this visit the Center for North American
>Herpetology,  formerly known as the Center for North American Amphibians
>and Reptiles.  I believe it is a link on the NFC links page. (and if
>it ain't, it should be!  hint hint hint)
>Thank you,
>  On Sat, 24 Feb 2001, jake levi wrote:
> > I amnot a 'snake-friendly' person, not ever.I have
> > killed too many rattlers where they didnt need to be,
> > cobras in the far east, mambas in SA and their cousin
> > in Israel. I will never get warm fuzzy feelings about
> > them.
> >
> > But, one that I see that is pretty enough to take a
> > 2nd look at is the tiny little greens ones I see in
> > the grass etc, I dont stomp garters, but, I dont
> > cuddle them either :-(
> >
> > these little green guys are nice to look at though,
> > jake
> > --- Lehmanwell at aol_com wrote:
> > > In a message dated 2/22/2001 2:53:51 PM Central
> > > Standard Time,
> > > robertrice at juno_com writes:
> > >
> > > << I am particularly looking for some Texas and
> > > western species but am
> > >  always on the lookout for a pretty snake. >>
> > > Have you ever seen the Texas garter snake?  Black
> > > head, yellow and deep blue
> > > banding.  Usually catch two or three a year in the
> > > backyard.  Could never get
> > > them to feed in captivity (Son keeps pythons, so we
> > > kinda know what we're
> > > doing) so we always let them go, but you may have
> > > better luck.
> > >
> > > Jack
> > >
> > > p.s. Found my NFC dues renewal on my desk today, so
> > > its finally on its way.
> >
> >
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