Snake Scares in the City!

Snake Scares in the City!

Rachael Grad
Aug 12, 2009

We read about non-native pythons invading Florida - in the recent The New YorkerSwamp Thing; Florida's Uninvited Predators. But we didn't think that snakes were slithering around the District — until this week. Two separate copperhead snake biting incidents were reported in Southeast DC and a venomous snake was found in the Alexandra Courthouse. Have you ever encountered a non-pet snake in the city? Do you think the snake sitings are evidence of a changing climate?

The New Yorker essay suggests that people who adopt snakes often release the predators into the wild. Do you think this is happening in your neighborhood? Copperhead snakes, though native to the region, are poisonous. Yet another reason to keep your toilet seat down!

More Info on Non-Native Snakes in DC and the Southeast:
Snake in a Drain! Courtroom cleared for suspected copperhead from NBC Washington
Copperhead Snakes Bite Two in SE D.C. from Fox DC
• Listen to Pets Gone Wild from The New Yorker
Swamp Thing; Florida's Uninvited Predators from The New Yorker

(Images: NBC Washington; Invasive Species of Eastern USA Blog)

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