Everyone who can please take some time and report this to Florida fish and wildlife commissions (FWC) This guy killed a protected eastern indigo (drymarchon couperi) in the state of Florida. Which can lead to him serving jail time. Conservation can’t work if we got idiots like him killing indigos. The website to report him is http://m.myfwc.com/contact/wildlife-alert/ Or google FWC report.myakka Florida. Manatee county
This, is heartbreaking.
My name is Wesley James. I live in Sarasota Florida and have been hiking Myakka State Park for as long as I’ve had legs.
I have, in 23 years, never ONCE seen a single wild indigo snake. They are not only my most favorite animal in Florida but among some of the most rare animals in the US.
The eastern indigo is critically endangered living almost exclusively in burrows of the also protected and also declining gopher tortoise(Gopherus polyphemus) which has had much of its habitat destroyed due to urban development. They are a harmless but large black colubrid, the largest in the US in fact, and often killed because of their imposing size. Anyone who has spent time with these animals knows however that they are quite docile and not inclined to bite at all. These animals are in extreme decline from all fronts due to a number of causes and unfortunately among them people who intentionally kill them. This, this akin to intentionally killing a rhino or Andean condor in terms of both rarity and ecological significance and it gets worse…
Judging from the size of this animal it’s likely to be a female. What this man has done is not only killed one single endangered animal but taken a whole possible generation of offspring. Females of snakes are not only important for birthing new generations but often much less common than males. In populations of certain species the ratio can be 10 to 1 and in extreme cases (certain garters) 100+ to 1. Taking a female out of the wild could prove potentially fatal to an entire local population.
Please, even if you are not fond of snakes, if you love animals understand that what this person has done is terrible, illegal, and damages both this species and the environment that it lives in. I love these animals, I love them with all my heart and the fact that this makes it that much less likely to see one hurts like losing a friend. I have several contacts in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and will be reporting this but if you could please share to spread awareness about this species I would be extremely grateful.
Thank you. -Wes.
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Even tarantulas flip their water dishes.
Help Our Turtle Friends!!!
NO NO NO NO
SO VERY WRONG
LISTEN ALL MY FELLOW FRIENDS: I’VE VOLUNTEERED AT THE NEW ENGLAND WILDLIFE CENTER, A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TRAVEL TO INTERN AT, FOR MORE THAN YEAR AND THIS IS SO VERY WRONG
IN CASE YA’LL DIDN’T KNOW, TURTLE ARE CONNECTED TO THEIR SHELLS, AND PICKING THEM UP LIKE IS SHOWN IN THE PICTURE CAN SEVERELY DAMAGE THEIR SPINE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU JERK THEM AROUND
SO LET ME TELL YOU A THING
IF YOU SEE A TURTLE IN THE ROAD, STOP YOUR CAR FAR ENOUGH AWAY THAT THE TURTLE CAN STILL BE SEEN THROUGH YOUR WINDSHIELD.
IF YOU’RE ON A NON-BUSY ROAD AND/OR THE TURTLE ISN’T FLIPPED ON IT’S SHELL (WHICH BY THE WAY WHAT THE FUCK TURTLE DON’T ACTUALLY FALL ON THEIR BACKS LIKE THAT PRETTY MUCH EVER ESPECIALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD SO I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON IN THAT PICTURE) GET A STICK OR JUST USE YOUR FOOT TO GENTLY NUDGE THE TURTLE’S REAR IN THE DIRECTION IT’S GOING IN. THOSE FUCKERS ARE FAST WHEN THEY WANT TO BE.
IF PICKING UP THE TURTLE IS NECESSARY, APPROACH IT FROM THE SIDE, MAKE SURE IT SEES YOU, THEN GO AROUND THE BACK. ALL TURTLES HAVE JAWS LIKE THE VIRGIN ASSHOLE OF SATAN, EVEN IF IT’S NOT A SNAPPER, AND YOU DO NOT WANT THOSE CLAMPERS ON YOUR HAND OR ARM. BELIEVE ME.
PICK THAT SHELLED CUTENESS UP LIKE A HAMBURGER, ONE HAND ON EACH SIDE OF THE SHELL HALFWAY BETWEEN FRONT AND BACK LEGS, FINGERS ON THE BOTTOM SHELL, THUMBS ON THE TOP SHELL. KEEP THE TURTLE AS HORIZONTAL AS YOU CAN AS YOU CARRY IT TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.
DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT BRING THE TURTLE TO A “SAFE HABITAT.” DISPLACING ANY SPECIES OF WILDLIFE LOWERS THEIR CHANCE OF SURVIVAL DUE TO NOT KNOWING WHERE THE FUCK THEY ARE. MAKE SURE THE TURTLE IS SOMEWHERE AROUND TEN PACES AWAY FROM ANY KIND OF HUMAN CONTRAPTION, INCLUDING HOUSES AND SIDEWALKS, AND THEN LEAVE HIM TO HIS DEVICES. THEY’RE NOT STUPID, THEY’RE NOT GONNA TURN AROUND AND WALK RIGHT BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
-DON’T PICK UP BY THE TAIL. IT CAN BREAK THE SPINE.
-DON’T MOVE TO ANOTHER HABITAT.
-DON’T TAKE ‘EM HOME. THAT’S ACTUALLY ILLEGAL IN MOST STATES.
-DON’T PUT YOUR HANDS ANYWHERE NEAR THE MOUTH.
-BE WARY OF THEIR FEET, THEIR CLAWS CAN BE SHARP.
-WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER, REPTILES CAN CARRY SALMONELLA AND WHILE IT’S PRETTY MUCH IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTRACT IT UNLESS YOU SUCK ON THEIR CLOACA IT’S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.
-DON’T MOVE THE TURTLE TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD THEY JUST CAME FROM. WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU DO THAT. THEY WANT TO GO THE WAY THEY WERE GOING, GENIUS.
-IF THE TURTLE IS ON A HIGHWAY, IT’S PROBABLY BEST TO PICK THEM UP- AS DESCRIBED ABOVE- AND PUT THEM IN A BOX FOR TRANSPORT SINCE THEY’RE SQUIRMY LITTLE BITCHES.
-SNAPPERS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS OTHER TURTLES, DON’T IGNORE THEM BECAUSE THEY LOOK LIKE DEMON CHILD OF A T-REX AND BOX TURTLE. NO MATTER HOW BUSY THE ROAD IS, THOUGH, THE RULE OF THUMB IS DON’T PICK THEM UP IF THEY’RE BIGGER THAN YOUR HEAD. STOP TRAFFIC AND NUDGE THEM ALONG. PEOPLE MAY BE PISSED AT YOU, BUT AT LEAST YOU’LL KEEP YOUR FINGERS.
WIELD YOUR NEW FOUND KNOWLEDGE FREQUENTLY, MY FELLOW TURTLE SAVIORS.
it is important that you read this shining example of wildlife safety literature all the way through to fully appreciate its radiance and learn the ways of turtle protection.
Sometimes Gumby is concentrating so much on his please-let-me-out face he doesn’t realise the doors are open!
Temperatures are dropping, that means critters crawling into or near your warm cozy homes, my Floridian friends!
I strongly suggest to learn these critters patterns. Keeping an eye out on your children, pets, etc. Please, remember, that these animals are NOT intruding your property, thus this area has always been their habitat.
Do NOT attempt to remove, harm, relocate these animals, if you do not know what animal you’re dealing with or simply don’t have experience properly handling them.
If you are to encounter one of these animals and you’re uncomfortable with its presence, please call your local Wildlife Center, for it to be safely relocated. Most bite incidents with these animals are caused by people messing with them in the first place.
This is a list of venomous snakes you may run into, if you’re located in Florida:
Rattlesnakes, Crotalus: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Canebrake Rattlesnake
Sistrusces: Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake
Copperheads and Cottonmouths, Agkistrodon: Florida Cottonmouth Snake, Southern Copperhead Snake
Coral snakes, Miscrurus: Eastern Coral Snake- To NOT be confused with its non-venomous red-faced cousins, the Scarlet Kingsnake and Scarlet Snake.
This is a list of the non-venomous snakes you may run into, if you’re located in Florida:
Black Racers, Coluber: Southern Black Racer
Coachwhip Snake, Masticophis: Eastern Coachwhip Snake
Brown and Red-bellied Snakes, Storeria: Florida Brown Snake, Florida Red-bellied Snake
Crayfish Snakes, Regina: Glossy Crayfish Snake, Striped Crayfish Snake
Crowed Snakes, Tantilla: Crowned Snakes
Garter and Rabbon Snakes, Thamnophis: Eastern Garter Snake (have a variety of color patterns), Southern Ribbon Snake
Green Snakes, Opheodrys: Rough Green Snake
Indigo Snake, Drymarchon: Eastern Indigo Snake
Kingsnakes, Lampropeltis: Common Kingsnake, Mole Kingsnake, Scarlet Kingsnake, Short-tailed Kingsnake
Mud and Rainbow Snakes, Farancia: Mud Snake, Rainbow Snake
Pine Woods Snake, Rhadinea: Pine Woods Snake
Rat Snakes, Pantherophis: Gray Rat Snake, Gulf Hammock Rat Snake (Intergrade), Red Rat Snake (Corn Snake), Yellow Rat Snake
Ringneck Snakes, Diadophis: Southern Ringneck Snake
Scarlet Snakes, Cemophora: Scarlet Snake
Water Snakes, Nerodia: Brown Watersnake, Florida Watersnake
Hognosed Snakes, Heterodon: Eastern Hognose Snake, Southern Hognose Snake. (Please note that Hognose snakes are venomous, but their venom is NOT toxic to humans, but cause an allergic-like reaction in the area bitten.)
I’m missing a lot of important information on each snake species, but it’s to give you an idea on what to look for. Regardless, if you’re in a situation where you do not know what you’re dealing with, please call your local Wildlife Center, for the animal to be safely relocated.
No. No. No.
This is NOT alright to do.
You’re risking your tortious to accidentally eat plastic, and not to mention the content inside of it. I understand that Cannabis is just a plant, but considering all of the things that are added to it now days, just no.
Keep it away from your reptiles. ACTUALLY KEEP IT AWAY FROM ALL ANIMALS
Please, report “Kentucky Snake Slayers”, murdering every venomous snake they run into.
I know reporting them to Facebook won’t do much, but sending the pictures from their page of a dead protected Crotalus horridus (Timber rattlesnake) to Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife might!
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