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 Post subject: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 25th, 2012, 6:15 am 
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This will probably need to be moved, since it is 'news'...... Cayrip posted this on his Facebook page and I thought I would share it here.

The ridiculousness never ends.

http://www.kctv5.com/story/18590445/lar ... o.facebook

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 Post subject: Re: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 25th, 2012, 6:31 am 
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I don't see the problem? :cry:


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PostPosted: May 25th, 2012, 6:41 am 
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This was posted on Fark.com a few days ago, and it was amazing how many idiots claimed to be "experts" yet identified it as a python at least 9 feet in length.

People are stupid.


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PostPosted: May 25th, 2012, 6:53 am 
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VanAR wrote:

People are stupid.


This! The amazing thing is how many people can't just admit that they know nothing about a topic, instead they know that it is a python!


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 Post subject: Re: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 25th, 2012, 6:54 am 
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KingCam posted about it three days ago on the News message board:

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=11917

Gerry


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 Post subject: Re: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 25th, 2012, 7:37 am 
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That's nothing this milk was like 7' just look at it... Perspective can fool a lot of folks, but they shouldn't mis ID this badly for any reason.


IMG_4333 by Justin.Michels, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 25th, 2012, 11:45 am 
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The article:

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Andrew Philson and his 3-year-old son will sleep a little on edge knowing that the alleged 15 to 20 foot long snake spotted in their backyard on Tuesday has remained elusive.

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Click here to see more pictures of the snake

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Very large snake slithers through Columbia neighborhood

Philson got a call from his elderly neighbor about the reptilian nuisance and thought he'd be finding a small garter or black snake, but got the shock of his life when he saw the beast slithering up one of his trees.

"I looked over there and wow!" Philson said. "It was a revelation."

After the initial shock, Philson snapped several pictures of the massive snake behind his Devereaux St. home, which is near Kilbourne St and N. Beltline Blvd., and started calling around to see who could get rid of it.

So far, he's not had any luck, but, after looking at Philson's pictures, officials at the Department of Natural Resources say they're positive that it is a black rat snake.

Philson, however, believes it is some type of python. "I've seen a rat snake and they don't get that big," said Philson.

According to DNR, rat snakes are not poisonous and are considered to be beneficial to have around because they eat rats and rodents and keep other, more dangerous, snakes away. They are incredibly agile when it comes to climbing and can sometimes be found among the rafters of outbuildings, along rock walls, or in trees high above the ground.

Their climbing abilities allow them to ascend the trunks of mature trees, which they sometimes do in search of prey which includes birds and small mammals.

Some large black rat snakes can kill and eat a full grown squirrel.

The snake is still on the loose and Philson hopes that somebody will come and take it away. He's not ready to pay over $150 out of his pocket just to have a professional come out and look around, without a guarantee of the snake being captured.

DNR officers said they do not respond to remove rat snakes because of the benefit they offer to the environment.

"I think this is a public nuisance and I think people need to know in this area that there's a snake this big on the loose," said Philson. He does not want to see the snake be killed, he just doesn't want it around his home anymore.

Philson says his 3-year-old isn't allowed in the back yard until he is sure the snake is gone.

"He plays in the back yard a lot and they have children that come over, her grandchildren, and they play in the back yard a lot. And a snake that big could easily take out a child that size," Philson said.

If you are a professional or know a lot about snakes and would like to relocate the snake, please send WIS an email at [email protected] .

Copyright 2012 WIS. All rights reserved.



Everyone should send them a POLITE email.


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 Post subject: Re: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 25th, 2012, 12:13 pm 
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I personally like this one--"WSB-TV reports that poisonous snakes have already attacked more than 100 people in metro Atlanta". http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012 ... se-georgia

I doubt there are 100 snakes left in metro Atlanta except for Dekay's snakes.

Cameron


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 Post subject: Re: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 26th, 2012, 3:47 pm 
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This is what I sent them:

Hello,

I recently saw your article about the large snake found in a residential area in Columbia, Missouri. As a long time snake lover, I can tell you with 100% certainty that is is indeed a harmless Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis obsoleta). They are capable of reaching 7-8 feet in length, but this would be a very large specimen. Lengths of 4-5 feet are much more common. In the main photo that is shown, it shows the snake climbing a tree with a shed in the background. From this angle, it makes the snake seem to be as tall as the shed, which may be 15-20 feet tall. But, it is not possible to determine how far the tree is from the shed from the photo. In your article you also mentioned that Mr. Philson was worried about the small children around his house. He has nothing to worry about. Although Black Rat snakes do kill their prey by constriction, they don't have the strength nor the will to suffocate a human. Their typical prey is small rodents, as their name suggests. it would actually benefit Mr. Philson to have this snake near his home, as it would prey upon any pest animals that could be near his home. Removal of the snake would cause the rodent population to dramatically increase. Not to mention, those pest animals could be be carrying diseases, and thus would be much more threatening to small children than the snake would be. I understand that most people are disturbed by the fact their is a large snake near their homes, but in truth they are just trying to survive like any other wild animal. I commend Mr. Philson for wanting to relocate the snake instead of killing it immediately. However, snake locations rarely work out well for the snake, when they are taken into unfamiliar territory they often wander aimlessly and either starve or are quickly predated upon. Plus, it is unlikely the snake will stay around long as it is mating season for them right now, and they will wander a little farther from their home ranges in search of a mate.



Sorry for being long winded, but I hope you will take some of my words into consideration before publishing another article about the black rat snake in Columbia. Thank you for your time.



Sincerly,



Zach Truelock


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 Post subject: Re: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 26th, 2012, 4:00 pm 
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Nice letter Zach. Thanks for sending that over to them.

Cameron, I couldn't even post that I was laughing so hard when I read that article. Apparently it was a slow newsday here in Athens.....

John, thanks for posting the body of the article here. Didn't think to do that!

Justin, you trip me out. :)

Van and Andrew- I agree completely. I usually don't even read the comments after online newspaper articles anymore because I am tired of reading what all the 'experts' have to say.

Gerry- Thanks for bringing that up. I don't visit the news section all that often, so I figured others might not as well. I'm glad that KingCam posted it over there.

--Berkeley


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 Post subject: Re: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 26th, 2012, 5:33 pm 
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Berkeley Boone wrote:
Gerry- Thanks for bringing that up. I don't visit the news section all that often, so I figured others might not as well. I'm glad that KingCam posted it over there.

Ah, but you should, Berkeley! Lots of interesting stuff appears there (without appearing here). I'm glad both of you thought to bring this fun item to our attention, anyway... ;)

Gerry


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 Post subject: Re: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 27th, 2012, 2:13 pm 
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Since the slide show has a geo-reference-able location and the images are identifiable, someone should enter this into the DB ...


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 Post subject: Re: Are you freaking kidding me?
PostPosted: May 29th, 2012, 5:06 am 
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gbin wrote:
Ah, but you should, Berkeley! Lots of interesting stuff appears there (without appearing here). I'm glad both of you thought to bring this fun item to our attention, anyway... ;)

Gerry


You're right, Gerry! I've been working on trying to get over to the News section more frequently. There are some interesting articles that have appeared there.

Funky, good point.....
--Berkeley


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