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Section A: General News


Letter: On board with snake ban




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February 20, 2013 | 2,435 views | 14 comments

Editor:

Re: Snake lovers ask county to reconsider recent ban,” Feb. 13

I would beg to differ with the “expert” herpetologist about survival in Texas of these snakes. When I walked into my chicken pen two years ago, where were you to come and rescue this snake, an albino Burmese python, which escaped from a location near the Wilson/Bexar county line and traveled more than 3 miles in hot Texas weather to kill a goat, a clutch of geese on a pond, our 50-pound dog, five chickens, and one rooster? This type of snake had killed a small child in Florida a year before. I called the sheriff’s office to see who could rescue it and they didn’t know you existed or I would have called you.

It was more than 10 feet long and not what you would expect in your chicken pen. The person from whom the snake escaped warned his nearest neighbors, but we are over on 3432 near Kicaster! There is an exact replica of this snake in the snake show at the rodeo with a sign warning about the unpredictability and danger of this so- called “pet.” Also, over in Guadalupe County, a boa had grabbed a woman’s arm and almost killed her. It wouldn’t loosen its coils until they almost cut its head off.

As to surviving cold weather, there are enough barns and dead wood for them to get in out of the cold. It seems as if my visitor had done pretty well even if it was indiscriminate about what to kill. It would continue to kill anything in its path until it found a bird or rat or some other small-headed animal.

There has to be some control over these snakes for the reason of their unpredictability. In wet years, this snake would have done very well. Get it near a river and just like Florida, we would have a problem. Luckily this was a male but just what if? People were the reason snakes got out of control in Florida; when a pet snake gets too big to handle, it can get away or harm its owner.

I firmly believe the commissioners court made a wise and timely decision to ban their possession in Wilson County.

LAURA DYLLA

Adkins
 

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Alvin Charmaine  
March 1, 2013 4:37am
 
We need to make BBq snake a texas delicacy, sell it at gourmet restaurants. Maybe let taco bell add it into their pink slime "beef" Eat snakes. Problem solved.

 
Kassandra Royer  
La Vernia, TX  
February 28, 2013 9:55pm
 
Prairie Grouch- you're not too far off the mark, actually. I spoke with some of the people involved in the TV show "Python Hunters" and learned that they staged nearly all the encounters on the show. More recently, ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
February 28, 2013 11:45am
 
Just temporary lodging.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
February 28, 2013 11:19am
 
We do and they have. Called prisons.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
February 28, 2013 5:31am
 
When you are trying to accomplish anything, it helps to create "the sky is falling" environment to foster a crisis situation in order to arouse public opinion to further your agenda no matter how misguided it may be. ... More ›

 
Kassandra Royer  
La Vernia, TX  
February 27, 2013 10:45pm
 
Well Alrighty Then- by all means please report abuse and neglect of reptiles! You would be interested to know, however, that a great number of snake species will stop eating if placed in a large enclosure. If you let them pick, ... More ›

 
Kassandra Royer  
La Vernia, TX  
February 27, 2013 10:40pm
 
Georgina, you seem very reasonable and I'm both appalled to hear someone put that snake in your mailbox and glad to hear you left it be! I'd like to reiterate that burmese pythons have been being kept in TX for over forty ... More ›

 
Well Alrighty Then  
San Antonio  
February 27, 2013 3:39pm
 
Not afraid of snakes either but it is totally inhumane the way the snakes are kept in small aquariums (not even the length of their body. People can report people for animal abuse so what about snake abuse?

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
February 27, 2013 3:25pm
 
Just look what invasive species such as horses, cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs have done to North America. Granted, some hogs haven't worked out well but most have been beneficial. As a young man, I used to catch snakes ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
February 27, 2013 1:36pm
 
Snakes Alive, Prairie! I think the keyword in your missive is "educate."

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