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Killing snakes doesn’t make you a hero, it makes you a coward. 

If you are so scared of a pretty little hissy ribbon that you would shoot it with a shotgun, you then, need a lesson in courage. 

“Soon snakes will be out of hibernation in certain parts of the USA and undoubtedly some idiots will start hacking their heads off on sight then posting the pictures to Facebook to show off the monster they dispatched.

Just keep forced perspective in mind when viewing these pics and help to keep the paranoia from spreading through non-reptile people.

Excellent example and Photo by Mark Pyle.
Pictured is the same snake using different perspectives.”

(via Urban Jungles Radio)

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Two of my favorite species, The Queen Snake (Regina septemvittata) and the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina). These two couldn’t be any more different, especially in regard to their diets. The Queen Snake is a specialist, who feeds on one particular prey item: freshly molted Crayfish. The soft bodied (when freshly molted) invertebrates release chemicals into the waterway which are detected by the chemoreceptors on the tongue of the serpent. It’s a very precise process and the Queen Snake narrows in on one particular food item. The Box Turtle on the other hand is what we call a generalist. Its list of groceries has endless possibilities. Everything from earthworms to extremely poisonous fungi are satisfactory when you’re a Box Turtle. Two magnificent animals with equally interesting diets. 

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There’s a World We Can Visit. 

-S.Harris

Red-bellied Newt (Taricha rivularis)- Santa Clara County, CA

The Red-bellied Newts found in the Santa Cruz Mountain Range represent an isolated population far south from their previously known range in Northern California. Some herpetologists speculate that these newts were introduced into the area many years ago and have since established themselves.

  Here is a picture of my step-dad after I caught a cornsnake near his house. 

  I brought it inside so get a box so I could take it to the woods. He reached his hands out and said “Oh cornsnakes, I love those, let me hold him!”

  Sometimes I forget just how much of who I am I owe to him, he has been nothing but caring and supportive of me and my weird animal adventures. He was the first person to take me into the woods and show me how to catch snakes, to fish, handle snapping turtles, stalk boar and just bring me close to nature. I owe a lot to this man, he has a great love for the natural world and for that I have always admired him. 

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I got to adventure with a good friend of mine this past weekend. We only link up maybe once a year but everytime we do it produces an outing worth sharing. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a day THIS successful in the field. 

To provide a brief synopsis, we ended up finding two Eastern Hognose Snakes (only one of which played dead), two Smooth Green Snakes, a juvenile Eastern Milk, a handful of Eastern Garter Snakes, some Northern Redbelly Snakes, Northern Ringneck Snakes, some Eastern Newts, this list goes on. 

I bow my head to the Herp Gods, but more importantly to my lady who found most of these critters. Beautiful day. 

There’s a World We Can Visit, if we go outside. 

-S.Harris

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I plan on makinga web-show for the purpose of displaying the beauty and wonder of animals, not like the sensationalist scare tactics used by the media but back to what we grew up with as kids. The real, honest nature shows where a guy goes into the woods, holds up a lizard, and proceeds to turn into a nine year old at the fair gushing about his love for this animal. I am completely free of any ties to public sponsors and my only goal is simply getting you closer to animals and sharing them with people. 

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