Tuesday, June 07, 2005

My son caught his first snake last week. I'm so proud! Of course after he brought it to me, we had a quiz about the 5 poisonous snakes in Florida and what they look like. He passed...whew!This was a great one to start with. It's a totally harmless Ringneck Snake. They are very small and pretty docile. We took a few pictures and then he put it back where he found it.  Posted by Hello


kevin said...

It's amazing the number of people that kill all snakes without regard to their usefullness. I try to catch every snake I see. I'm not Steve Irvin, but I do a pretty good job, even on poisonous snakes. We used to sell them (live) to Ross Allen at the Alligator Farm in St.Augustine. They milked them to make anti-venin.

Floridacracker said...

I know, I don't understand the kill all snakes mentality. Remember Ross Allen? He was the Steve Irwin of his day back in pre-Disneyfied Florida. He was my hero as kid in St. Augustine.

kevin said...

Yeah, I remember Ross Allen, he had the Reptile Institute at Silver Springs then at the Alligator Farm. He/they would buy live poisonous snakes from us to milk.

Did you ever see the photos of his hands from all the snake bites? They made me think twice about handling snakes. I guess was either lucky or good, I've caught a lot of snakes and never been bitten.

Floridacracker said...

Yes I remember that photo. It was pretty scary.

thingfish23 said...

Then there's Owen Godwin of "Gatorland" fame. He was my introduction to knowing what snakes are cool to handle and what ones should be left alone.

The worst fight my wife and I ever had (well, almost the worst) was when she indiscriminantly killed a ring-necked snake in the yard. She bashed it with a rock. I was FURIOUS. Now she comes to get me if she sees a snake.

I figure if you're ignorant about Florida snakes, the best thing you can do is just stay the hell away from them. Why take the risk of getting close to a snake you know nothing about. Killin' distance is close enough to get bit, if you ask me.

When the dust settled (took almost a week), she saw my point of view. I had some apologizin' to do, too, when it was all said and done.

Don't EVER call your wife "ignorant". Trust me.

David D. said...

I saw a snake today. I trapped it. I was hesitant at first because I dont know much about snakes, (or dont know much about anything for that matter).

I googled it, and believe its a "common ring neck snake". About 4 inches long, a baby snake. I still have it.

It looked dead to me. It didnt move, not even when I got close. Looks like it was looking for water because we live next to a canal. And it was really hot today.

What should I do? Take pictures maybe? Animal Control? Not the first time I see a baby snake just like this one. And if theres a mama there has to be a papa and a mama somewhere.