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  •  My racist neighbor ran over a snake in the road (8+ / 0-)

    last summer and stopped to tell me about it:

    Yeah - I ranned over him and then backed up to make sure. hehh heh."
    It was a harmless rat snake.

    I used to literally save snakes from the folks at the mental health center I used to work at: the snakes would try to get into the building - why, I don't know - and would be around the back entrance, terrifying everybody but me, apparently.

    I'd go snatch them up and toss them across a fence to a wooded area in back. I got to protect the snakes and see great looks of bewilderment on the faces of the normal mortals.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 06:57:37 AM PST

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    •  What. A. Dumbass. (3+ / 0-)
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      wildweasels, DarkSyde, xxdr zombiexx

      I know some folks that live out in the country in Tennessee.  They've long held that the best neighbor they ever could get would be a nice big rat snake, to help keep their place from being overrun by vermin.

      They knew what snakes were good for, and welcomed them.

      Me?  I was the one to pick a rat snake off the road and put it on a nice warm rock as far away from the highway as I could.  I know what snakes are good for, too.

    •  Don't (2+ / 0-)
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      RonV, xxdr zombiexx

      get me wrong, intentionally running over snakes sucks, intentionally running over anything sucks. But I find hitting small turtles even worse for some reason. Maybe because there's misinformation on snakes that makes a chunk of the public not like them. Maybe it's because most small mammals have fast enough reflexes and big enough brains that at least they have a fighting chance when negotiating a road crossing.

      Everyone knows turtles are harmless, every one grows up knowing they are classic slowpokes, most people if pressed would say they like turtles way more than snakes or spiders, and everyone knows they are not particularly bright. Trying to crush them on purpose is about as bad as it gets, maybe trying to mow down baby seals or helpless new born pups would be worse, but not by much.

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