Re: NANFA-- shooting turtles

Irate Mormon (
Thu, 4 Mar 2004 11:15:24 -0500

> It would be wiser to teach your family
> how to act
> around the snakes. I have not heard of anyone being attacked by a snake
> without
> provocation.

Are you serious? I suppose if you have a perfectly manicured lawn, you probably
will see a snake long before you step on it. OTOH, my daugher did not see a
copperhead which was resting underneath the chair she usually sits in, which is
on a concrete slab. She realized the snake was there when it struck at her and
hit the chair.

I have gotten within 3 feet of a cottonmouth without being able to see it, even
when somebody was pointing directly at it. People DO get bitten when treading
on or near unseen snakes. This may constitute provovation, but I think you were
referring to _deliberate_ provocation?

Would I be correct in placing you and Jan on the "animal rights" side of the issue?
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