Friday, March 28, 2008

Poor Blotchy

People, please, pretty please THINK about it--do some research for heaven's sake--before you kill a snake in the creek!!

This morning, I was walking around the Reach and saw a beautiful blotched water snake hunting for critters in the Bathtub. It's a native, non-poisonous snake that's often confused with water moccasins and cottonmouths. Chances are EXTREMELY LOW that we would ever, ever have a moccasin on the Reach. (That doesn't mean we shouldn't take precautions when encountering a snake, it just means we should THINK before we kill.)

Poor, poor Blotchy the Water Snake. Happily nibbling on our pesty little rats, mice and mega-roaches. Now succumbed to the wanton power of human insecurities, chopped into bits by the (damned) Easter Seals (who meant well, but still).

2 comments:

Priscilla said...

This is so very very sad.
Do we know for sure that he was an Easter Seals victim?

P.S. What a GREAT idea for a grant funded project. Surely there are many potential funders for this kind of initiative.

Lee said...

We do know for sure...but I can understand their fear. Most people are afraid of snakes, but the more they learn, the less they fear (as with ALL things in life).