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What About Gus?

Posted: July 29th, 2015, 1:30 pm
by Noah M
http://www.swampsite.com/gus_onebear.html

I came across this, and I wasn't sure what to think. So I'm soliciting opinions from other people before I formulate one of my own. I ask that you also explore the website a bit, there is more to see than just the page linked above. Does anybody here know him?

Re: What About Gus?

Posted: July 29th, 2015, 7:24 pm
by Fieldherper
There is no valid justification to free handling potentially deadly snakes like that. A bite is almost guaranteed to occur eventually. It sets a bad example for all--especially kids. If he gets bitten, who pays for it? Hope he has good insurance to cover the $100,000+ that a bad EDB bite will cost. This behavior doesn't show love, respect, or a genuine curiosity for the animals, imo. I am afraid that it casts all herpers in a negative light as well.

FH

Re: What About Gus?

Posted: July 30th, 2015, 6:55 am
by cbernz
That first photo, and his bio mentioning Tarzan 3 times in 3 paragraphs, tells me all I need to know, though the several dozen pictures of him manhandling vipers and alligators helps, too. The "Swamplicious" page, featuring average-looking young women baring their cleavage and pointing guns at the camera is a nice touch as well.

As for this guy giving herpers a bad name, I'm not really too worried about that. Here's the first line of Gus' page:

"WARNING: What you are about to read are true life occurrences. This is NOT an educational or training manual on the subject. We advise never to try these stunts due to the high risk and danger involved."

He says it himself: stunts. He's a stuntman, not a herper.

Re: What About Gus?

Posted: July 30th, 2015, 1:34 pm
by Noah M
Wow, I missed the Swamplicious page. What caught me was the overall unprofessional nature of the site, but then he also had this, which seemed well produced.
http://www.swampsite.com/eastern_diamond_back.html

Now I know why it sounds better than the other parts of the site.
https://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/f ... damanteus/

He lifted the information straight from the FLMNH page! I call that plagiarism.

I think you're right though that we don't have to worry about him giving a bad name to herpers. I'm still not sure what to think of the whole thing, but these comments are helping to give me perspective.

Re: What About Gus?

Posted: July 31st, 2015, 5:51 pm
by mtratcliffe
I like how there's a portion of his page dedicated to Bible verses, and another section with attractive girls hired for some music video or something grinding on a dude.

Also, what's the most recent thing on his page? Perhaps his luck already ran out.

Re: What About Gus?

Posted: July 31st, 2015, 7:00 pm
by Brian Hubbs
Gator wrestling is just so "old hat"...