Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Dumb Snake Movie, Dumber Prank, Dumbest Response from a Snake Expert

Someone let two live rattlesnakes go inside a movie theater playing Snakes on a Plane in Arizona. That's pretty dumb. But what's dumber is what the spokesperson for the Phoenix Herpetological Society said:
It's dark. They can't see you, you know that well. If it's scared, boom it strikes.
In fact, a rattlesnake can see rather well in the dark, when it's looking at the ankle of a warm-blooded animal. What the spokesman appeared to forget was that rattlesnakes are pit vipers and have heat vision.

Here's more reasons why SOAP is a dumb movie.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Ranch Rattler Roundup

04/30/2006 @ 09:57:34 AM MDT
Snake rescue program manager Tom Wyant invited us to a rattlesnake roundup on a ranch in Moriarty, New Mexico this past spring. We were going to round up as many rattlers as we could at the site of a communal den on the ranch, but we got there a few weeks too late and only found a few, including this fine specimen of a western diamondback (Crotalus atrox) which was spotted by my friend Jeff.

04/30/2006 @ 09:58:35 AM MDT
Getting the hook.

04/30/2006 @ 09:58:55 AM MDT
Into the bag.

04/30/2006 @ 11:06:43 AM MDT
C.J. Carman is the undisputed king (as far as I know) of venomous reptiles, domestic and exotic, in all of New Mexico. Here he admires a great plains rat snake (Elaphe gutatta emoryi) that was found by the young scion of the ranch family.

04/30/2006 @ 02:58:50 PM MDT
Toms holds a western coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum) that I apparently drove right by as we 4-wheeled around the ranch.