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Monday, June 16, 2008

Big Rattlesnake

A Florida woman found a 6-foot eastern diamondback in her back yard. (News source.) Nobody got bit, but there's a strange quote from a neighbor: "'It looks like someone let their snake go,' said Jonathan Papenfuss, Larson’s neighbor. 'But, I mean, if it was growing up around here, there is construction down the road so that's been stirring up some wildlife on the side where they're tearing the trees up. So if they're tearing up their nests, that's probably why it came over here.'" Apparently, people just don't know what's in their own backyards, and have to blame the pet industry.



  • At June 17, 2008 2:18 PM , Blogger ZantiMissKnit said...

    It seems like the guy was just talking just so he could get a quote in the newspaper. He just contradicts himself. It doesn't make any sense at all!

    We go hiking at a nearby pond in a reservation (Blue Hills, eastern Massachusetts) and come across people who are shocked that there are snakes in there. Really? A heavily wooded area with a huge pond full of frogs?


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