This is why we do what we do: educating humans to save the snakes. We’ve helped dozens of people go from “the only good snake is a dead snake” to sharing our excitement when we see one. Learning how to ID them is the first step. Once you get into it, it’s quite addictive!
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Y’all, I’m so proud of myself. 3 months ago I wouldn’t have been able to identify a venomous vs non-venomous snake. Now I’m pretty consistently able to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes and between copperheads and cottonmouths. I didn’t even know that cottonmouths aren’t found in my area! People said they were so I believed them. Thanks for your help along the way!
When I found out we were moving to Florida I got it in my head that the likelyhood of seeing/meeting a snake would increase. I had no factual data to support my theory, but there you have it. I decided the enemy of fear is knowledge. I purchased a Petersen’s Field Guide (Florida Reptile and Amphibians) and an Audubon Guide to Florida. Then I found this group. I appreciate the “newbie” friendly approach and because of the tone of this group I was able to identify a garter snake for a friend and put her mind at ease. I’ve also been able to id a small ringneck. I also now know the “rattlesnake/copperhead/deathnoodle” I found and killed in my yard in Texas prior to joining this group was a harmless rat snake. I am ashamed my ignorance cost him his life. Never again…even the venomous ones play a role in a balanced ecosystem. I have this Group to thank for my enlightenment.
Robyn C. W.
I was one of those ppl that wanted nothing to do with any kind of snake. Small, large, beautiful, or even with a “smile” on its face. I grew up with hearing all the myths & was always terrified of them. Curiosity got the best of me & I joined this group and have totally changed my mind. I have learned to coexist with them and learned how impt. They r in general as well as scientifically such as possibly aiding in breast cancer research. Even helped one get to side of the road, tell me that’s not progress. Love this group & the admins that make this group professional & so very informative. Sorry so long, just so proud of how far I’ve come, education is definitely the key. Ty to all.
I didn’t mind snakes in a general sense, but our family used to kill copperheads if we found them on our property. We have two young kids and that was our excuse. No longer! Got husband on board too. Teaching the kids respect and safety in the yard. Trying to teach the neighbors. I joined the group for knowledge, familiarity, and to learn basic identification skills.
I love snakes but was deathly afraid of copperheads because of a bad experience. I think seeing all the venomous snakes on here regularly has helped me overcome my fear. I have always liked snakes and I love seeing all the pictures. I show my kids too and will raise them to love and respect snakes.
I need to get something off my chest.
I freaking love you guys. I love this group. I love that there’s a corner of the internet where someone can post a picture of a happy and healthy native snake and not see a string of comments about “The only good snake..” or people bragging about what they’d do to it.
I love that people here actually want to learn about snakes instead of rattling off old wives tales to justify remaining ignorant. I love that people here can teach other people about snakes and not get insulted about how ‘you must not have a real life to have time to learn all that stuff about snakes’. I love that we can have friendly discussions about snakes.
Below is a picture of a northern watersnake I found in Massachusetts. I was able to get very close to it before it realized I wasn’t a tree- then it slipped into the water and swam away instead of chasing me all the way home. I wish these guys didn’t eat amphibians (I love frogs and salamanders) but it’s all part of the ecosystem. If we didn’t have watersnakes and other animals eating frogs and salamanders we’d be overrun with them, then I probably wouldn’t like salamanders so much.
I went fishing today, didn’t catch any fish but feel cheated to have not seen any snakes. My niece was with me, she’ll be 3 and she loves snakes, has an imaginary fiend named “Big Snake”. I’m planning to get her a snake book with a lot of pictures for her birthday.
I love this group & I’m very grateful that I found you folks (you didn’t find me). 😊
I joined because I live in the country by myself. Had a run in last summer with a Copperhead. I didn’t know what it was at that time. A fb friend identified him. Then I found you…I have learned so much from you & my fear of snakes has somewhat lessened. I know that most likely if I leave them be, they’ll leave me be!
With that said I catch myself putting my feet up when reading & looking at pics in this group. I laugh at me for doing it but I just can’t help it. Hope you all know how comforting for me knowing that you not only help educate me but you give me a chuckle at myself too!
This site has infected my mind…… I find myself looking on the sides of the road when traveling trying to find a snake so I can stop, watch and take pictures!!!! If you knew me you would be impressed. I use to run over a snake and turn around to do it again to make sure it was dead. That was any snake I saw. All snakes were bad. Thank you, this summer I’ve learned so much that even friends are sending me pics to see if I can help them id the snakes they find. I’m am educating at the same time. Thanks for all the education and answered questions.
Vickie, I’m the same way! I was terrified of snakes until I joined these two pages. But the other day I took a trip down to the river to take sunset photos and found myself looking for snakes on the road and my surroundings while on the river, in hopes I would see some to take photos. I could not have done that before I joined these pages early summer. But I would never have run over any snakes before and especially not now.
I am truly grateful to everyone here for being so kind and so generous with your knowledge–not to mention your patience with what I know are silly questions. In the little bit of time since I joined, I’ve learned so much. My little daughter is two, and went from being terrified of anything that even looked like a snake to wanting to watch videos of snakes all the time. I hope my kids won’t grow up with the bad information I grew up with about these amazing and varied creatures. Thanks so much. Also, I prevented the utility board from “removing” a Florida Brown Snake (I think? It was some kind of brown snake for sure) from my water meter this evening. They were surprised I wasn’t terrified of it, and they were surprised it wasn’t a copperhead.
I want to take a moment to say how thankful I am for this group. I grew up being extremely scared of snakes to the point I’d run, cry, scream and yell over them. But through the help of this group and another I’m in, I’ve learned so much about them and am starting to be able to identify them. I even had an hour long conversation with my mother today (who hates the thought of them) and was educating her on things I’ve learned. So thank you to all the experts here who take the time out of their day to help educate each and every one of us!!
#LookWhatYouMadeMeDo 😂😂😂 from ‘no good snakes’ to defending copperheads in less than a year. I’m so happy I found you guys and the sister ID page. I’ve recommend these groups in every snake thread I see. Thank you for what you do, it works!
I just wanted to say thanks to this group I saved a garter snake last night! One had gotten into our chicken coop last night and was upsetting the girls, my husband’s first reaction was to kill it but because I could immediately identify it and explain it was 100% non-venomous and helped keep pests down in our yard, and I started prodding at it’s tail to get it moving back out of the coop, my husband was willing to just get it on a shovel and put it back in the woods at the foot of our garden. Progress!!!!! Yay!!
A few months ago I was scared to death of snakes. A few weeks ago I held my first captive snake. Today I got to church and went into the kitchen. I spotted a sticky trap that had a snake attached. I picked it up for a closer look at it was alive! Poor baby was all sorts of stuck. It was a baby rat snake. It has clearly wiggled to try to free itself because its skin was all stretched out and its jaw was offset.Thanks to this group, I knew exactly what to do. I poured some cooking oil into a cup and rushed outside. Two young boys came along and watched as I carefully freed the snake and we walked it over to the tree line for release. It looked healthy and happy once it was freed from the trap. I hald a wild snake today and was thrilled. ❤
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